The website iCampIndiana.com works to connect patrons with campgrounds that can be reached in an easy drive from Fort Wayne. Lines splash into the water off the fishing pier at Atwood Lake Campground, and faraway chatter drifts across the wooded hillsides from the clubhouse and game room. At Fox Lake Campground, campers pitch tents near a swimming hole on the site of a former farm. Water and electricity hookups at all locations provide a respite from primitive camping and allow campers to impress any Victorian time travelers who show up.
Encore! Upscale Resale maintains a stock of gently used clothing, accessories, furniture, and housewares primed to start their second lives. Trendy tops, shoes ($1.99+), and musical instruments ($10–$250) compete for new homes as friendly staff members help visitors navigate the store's neatly organized racks and chaotic hedge mazes. Patrons browse through shimmering folds of chiffon and satin during quests for the perfect formal or semiformal dress to accessorize with purses ($2.99–$6.99) and jewelry ($0.99–$4.99). Housewares, ranging from bread machines to lamps, join furniture ($10–$350) such as tables and desks in the crusade to populate barren abodes. Books ($0.50–$5) entertain word buffs for hours, and pet supplies ($1.99–$150) pamper four-legged pals with bedding, treats, and generous 401(k)s.
Joppa Minerals founder Amy Casto-Booher began her search for chemical-free cosmetics in 2005, when her daughter, Hayley, was diagnosed with psoriasis. Dissatisfied with the products she found on the market, Amy started crafting all-natural beauty products herself, eschewing additives for pure minerals. Amy's mineral foundation is her first and best-selling product, melding into skin in one of four formulas that cater to oily, aging, or gill-flecked skin. Amy also keeps her lightweight products—which include face creams, blush, eye shadow, and blemish treatments—at a reasonable price.
Paintball Plex hosts colorful clashes on the battlegrounds of a 38,000-square-foot indoor field and across multiple acres of outdoor fields that are open from spring through fall. In the expansive indoor combat zone, players dive behind air bunkers to duck from incoming fire and cacophonous army drummers before reemerging to pump opponents full of color with semiautomatic Tippmann markers powered by complimentary compressed air. Outdoor fields cajole combatants with a lush 300’x180’ speedball area and a WWII-style scenario field peppered with two acres of foxholes, mazes, and sandbags. Games typically last 10–20 minutes and often include combat missions such as search and rescue and capture the flag.
Additional paint is available for onsite purchase to replenish dwindling supplies for combatants or battlefield stenographers. Participants may also browse Paintball Plex's pro shop, which teems with new scenario- and tournament-style paintball gear and loads of gently used equipment.
The highly trained technicians at Jiffy Lube tend to about 24 million customers each year with services such as the Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change, which helps promote the longevity of each vehicle. Staffers acknowledge that oil plays a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of each car: it cools the motor and helps prevent moving parts from deteriorating. More than 20,000 technicians who have completed an extensive training program certified by the National Institute Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) service vehicles at Jiffy Lube.
In addition to performing oil changes, technicians perform preventative services such as air-filtration and electrical system maintenance, among others. Jiffy Lube's quality pledge includes a commitment to transparency, which stipulates that they will inform car owners of any necessary services, complete a service only after it has been approved, and refuse to replace windshields with saran wrap.