Veterans of the bowling industry since 1954, the Ayles family ushered in numerous improvements to Shore Lanes Bowling Center when they assumed ownership in 1985. Among the modern amenities, 26 synthetic lanes feature automatic bumpers and scoring computers that track each player's strikes and spares. Concessions and drinks from a snack-and-spirits bar refuel guests between frames, and John's Pro Shop stocks an array of balls, bags, and shoes for bowlers to perfect their game by bribing better bowlers with new balls, bags, or shoes.
Since 1962, Ocean Ice Palace has given youngsters the opportunity to lace up their skates and participate in the healthy, active outlets of ice skating and hockey. The center is the vision of Dr. Leon J. Dwulet, who oversaw the building of the facility and whose daughter runs the show today. In keeping with its founding mission, the rink takes hockey seriously. Not only do instructors coach beginners through skating and hockey clinics, but the rink hosts several traveling teams and even furnishes hockey campers with dormitories in which to sleep. The rink also invites more casual skaters to visit for public skating sessions on weekends and holidays.
There's no question about Kent Bierly's dedication to fitness?it's written all over his superhumanly chiseled body. At Pure Focus Sports Club, the champion bodybuilder helps plenty of clients working toward their own titles, but he and his wife Michelle didn't just found the gym for aspiring pros. They think of themselves as Brick's community gym, and offer everything from personal training to Zumba classes to childcare in order to make everyone feel welcome. Members can even opt for access to a 24-hour annex stocked with weightlifting gear and cardio machines to make the most of a sleepwalking habit.
Players advance up the scenario field, taking cover behind stacks of tires and holding positions in plywood structures painted to look like rundown buildings. This scene is in contrast to the airball field, where the layout of colorful inflatable bunkers encourages a faster pace of play. No matter the field, Paintball Authority’s referees maintain safe and level play, helping out beginners to make sure they feel comfortable. The staff even leads free clinics on Saturday mornings for young players interested in entering organized team play. In addition to open games, the fields regularly host tournaments and private parties, and the adjacent pro shop keeps combatants fortified with gear, such as markers, clothing, and invisibility serum.
Across the woodsball fields and speedball arena of Long Live Paintball, contenders dodge the colorful fire of their opponents as they leap over cable spools and post up behind a charred bus or towers of barrels. It's on these obstacle-ridden grounds that dye-slingers compete in elimination-style games or battle to complete a given mission, such as capturing the adversary's flag and using it to pick popcorn kernels out of their teeth. Admission rates range from simple entry fees for the fully equipped to all-day Gold packages that supply players with a marker, 500 paintballs, and all the other necessary provisions. Rentable chest protectors cushion trunks from crossfire, and disposable camo cuts down on the time players spend fusing their DNA with that of a tree. Although the field is generally first-come, first-serve, the staff can prepare for parties of 10 or more with an advanced reservation.