Since its founding in 1980, Sun & Ski Sports has remained true to its philosophy: “do a few things, but do them better than anybody else.” The shop stocks equipment in five categories of extreme and outdoor activities, including camping, skating, running, bicycling, and water and snow sports. It specializes in these to ensure its merchandise maintains a high standard of quality, and its employees are knowledgeable participants in the sports their department represents.
Bikers can drop off their steeds for tune-ups from certified mechanics who put all brands through the rigors of a 12-point inspection, checking chains and adjusting wobbly pedals and malfunctioning spoke-card motors. While waiting, curious eyes might linger on a North Face two-person tent, a Blackburn Airtower bicycle pump, or a vast selection of shoes from brands such as New Balance and Asics. Men and women can traipse nearly barefoot in the park with Vibram FiveFingers, which offer minimal structural encumbrances for a more natural stride, or cast their feet aside for the new-wheeled prowess that comes with a Fuji SL-1 LE Ultegra performance road bike.
Arthur Murray Dance Studios has been a leading name in ballroom dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with certified instructors, and the instructors will assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Glistening silver casks line the shelves of The Virgin Olive Oiler, dispensing certified extra-virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the globe. Owner Charles Flach serves as the store's primary flavor scout, tasting and importing oils from countries with ideal olive-growing climates, including Portugal, Australia, Chile, and Narnia. Working in tandem with an enthusiastic staff, Flach stands by to answer customer questions and facilitate unlimited complimentary tastings. Each oil and vinegar, including those in a selection of 62 currently on tap, incorporates its own bouquet of aromas. A selection of more than 20 sea salts hails from Hawaiian, Australian, and Himalayan mountain homelands, and more than a dozen types of cane sugars fuse with cinnamon, ginger, and habanero. The company, which is located within the South Hulen Shopping Center, can customize products with labels made from photographs of loved ones or prized houseplants.
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.
Armed with certification for repairs on all phone and tablet makes and models, Busted Phone .com’s technicians have tended to electronics for more than two decades. The shop specializes in fixes for Apple, Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung products, and an in-house cache of thousands of parts and Mr. Potato Head pieces ensures that staffers can fix most waterlogged BlackBerrys or cracked iPhone screens within 24 hours. To assuage fears of further breakage, a 90-day warranty backs all repairs.
Galligaskin's Submarines’ sandwich makers have been stuffing white and wheat sub rolls for more than 40 years. Hot pastrami, chicken-fried steak, and egg salad spill over bread buttresses next to heaping sides of fresh fruit and golden fried okra. The sub hub’s catering services proffer 20-person fruit and veggie trays and custom buffet menus in worldly cuisines such as Mexican, Italian, Cajun, or Double Dutch.