In the 15 years since its opening, Adventure Rock Climbing Gym has upheld its objective of granting guests of all ages and experience levels a chance to learn how to climb. The staff meticulously maintains amenities including 12,000 square feet of textured climbing surfaces and bouldering caves. Sculpted ar?tes and cracks challenge forearms as intrepid wall-climbers chart a course up colored pathways to seek council with the sentient ductwork at the faux mountain's 35-foot peak. Under the helm of experienced instructors, students learn the ins and outs of ascension via climbing classes. As climbers scramble upward on more than 40 top ropes, air-conditioning keeps faux mountainsides from awkwardly perspiring geode sweat drops. While the indoor facility offers a controlled environment in which to learn and practice, Adventure Rock?s staff also unleashes patrons? inner adventurers via private outdoor climbing classes held at Devil?s Lake as well as portable rock wall rentals for all manner of party or event.
Each week, owner Kay Manley brings in boxes of used books, audiobooks, CDs, vinyl records, DVDs, and bottles of Thomas Pynchon's New Book Smell cologne to add to the store's eclectic assemblage of more than 20,000 items. The two-floor store also stocks handcrafted jewelry, beaded bookmarks, and other trinkets from local crafters, and its walls serve as a gallery for the artwork of local artists. In the sunroom, patrons gather for author readings, writing classes, craft workshops, and free WiFi. In between browsing, reading, or writing sessions, patrons can grab complimentary cups of coffee and tea at the coffee bar, which sometimes stocks treats from local bakers.:
In 1950, John Searcy loaded up his pickup truck with car batteries and began peddling his wares to wholesalers. Two years later, John formalized his operation and began Interstate All Battery Center, a battery retailer and service center that spans the continent from Austin to Anchorage powering cars, hearing aids, and cameras. Interstate All Battery Center charges gadgets and vehicles with more than 16,000 types of power solutions, and eases environmental taxes on the planet with a robust battery-recycling system. In a year, Interstate All Battery Center recycled 850 million pounds of batteries—just enough energy to grant immortality to one Furby.
When Jen Phumin and her mentor Janice Jones—a 40-year veteran of the beauty industry—opened their salon, they chose the name Salon Dragonfly because of the dragonfly's association with change, adventure, and prosperity in Asian culture. Together with a staff of trained stylists, they seek to fulfill their clients' desire for transformation. After consulting with guests, stylists use Aveda products during trims, formal styling, and color treatments. As they work, the salon's expansive windows bathe stylists in natural light, and dragonfly artwork and sage-hued walls inspire tranquility.
Printville's motto "integrity, speed, and quality" is reflected in every aspect of the business and its services. The company's print- and design-smiths pore over customer ideas and needs with a close eye during efficient creative design services—be they design overhauls or minor tweaks to client designs. The shop also offers digital and sheet-fed, offset printing for wide format posters, banners, or business cards. To ensure a hassle-free experience for their customers, Printville handles FedEx, UPS, and USPS shipping, and offers custom packaging and boxes.
The mountain-savvy staff at Apex Ex equip people of all skill levels with the knowledge, gear, and plans necessary to explore the wilderness all year round. Seasoned guides and instructors, many of whom are trained by organizations such as the National Outdoor Leadership School and the American Mountain Guides Association, lead classes that teach students important lessons ranging from backcountry snow basics to avalanche rescue. In summer months, the experts lead guided climbing and backpacking trips and teach riders to careen down rocky paths of every sort during mountain-biking lessons.