With a focus on footwear for children aged 6 months–8 years, Sten's Stride Rite outfits tykes with kicks from brands including Stride Rite, Nike, New Balance, and Timberland. The shop's seasoned associates perform specialized fittings to ensure that footwear doesn't suddenly fall off or attract rental applications from an old woman who lives in a shoe. When the store's not selling shoes, it supports such organizations as Make-A-Wish, Project Bundle-Up, and The Children's Home of Pittsburgh.
G&G Fitness caters to both bodybuilding buffs and amateurs wishing to enhance their earthly edifices at home with a range of premium equipment, including such notable brands as Life Fitness, Octane Fitness, and Precor. As trained physique formers, G&G's friendly staff members easily hunt and lasso the ideal muscle-molding or heart-strengthening apparatus for each individual customer's specific needs. Avoid outdoor biking's headaches of potholes and projectile burritos by staying indoors on an immobile Vision Fitness E1500 ($499), an upright exercise bike that offers a comfort arc seat, contact heart-rate sensors, and easy-to-adjust pedal straps. Elliptical machines ($799+) and treadmills ($1,495+), offer great ways to calibrate cardiovascular chronometers any time of the day or night. For muscle-sculpting, home-gym systems (starting at $1,299)—which combine benches, pulley systems, and weight stacks in one space-saving package—give exercisers a way to bolster biceps and strengthen solar plexuses without having to traverse crowded gym floors.
The crafty instructors at Bead It! oversee the symbiosis of string and bead with an array of bead- and jewelry-making classes. The Beginning Bead class familiarizes budding jewelers with the fundamental bead varieties, tool operations, and the age-old sport of spotting beads on the floor ($20). More experienced beadsters can conga-line into the Swarovski Crystal Clusters class to create crystallized bracelets and earrings ($20), or try out the Texturing and Stamping Basics course, in which students embed and accentuate jewels with personalized designs, patterns, and mini etchings of famous cereal-box characters ($35).
Visitors to the Parisian-style bridal boutique are beckoned inside a romantic interior ornamented with glittering chandeliers and vintage-style furniture. Stunning bridal gowns and bridal accessories such as shoes, gloves, and jewelry dot the store’s three floors, capped by an upstairs VIP room with a crystal-draped ceiling and comfortable couches. A large selection of gowns also covers bridal-party members, with bridesmaid dresses by Jordan Fashions and Badgley Mischka, mother-of-the-bride dresses, flower-girl gear, and tuxedos.
The store also stocks a selection of standout homecoming and prom dresses, as well as plus-size designs. Walk-ins are welcome, and customers can look forward to one-on-one consultations with Carrie Ann’s fashion specialists. Brides-to-be can also look into the store’s event-coordinating services to help streamline nuptial events.
The quaint shop is the crafty child of bead enthusiast Trish Morris, who nurtures novice beaders as they cultivate blossoming desires to decorate string. The Beginner Class takes place over three hours, during which students will learn the basic concepts of the age-old art of bead control, including working with different designs and colors, utilizing proper finishing techniques, and understanding which herbs can be burned to make beads levitate. Customers can select from Zelda’s large collection of beads to create a custom piece of jewelry to take home and wear every day no matter what. Accoutrements include talisman pewter beads, semi-precious stones such as garnets and amethysts, colorful glass beads, seed beads, 24-karat macaroni noodles, and many more.
A still figure stands silently behind a few thin trees. When he sees someone emerging from a long, metal tube several yards away, he takes aim with his marker, squeezes the trigger, and watches a blot of brightly colored paint materialize on his friend's shoulder. Such friend-turned-foe scenarios play out daily at Urban Assault, a paintball facility whose outdoor battlefields in Cecil and indoor arenas in McDonald attract players from all around the area. In the outdoor arenas, the surrounding wooded landscape adds variety of terrain and barricade possibilities, letting staffers add touches such as metal crawl tubes and other strategic bits of architecture that paintballers have come to depend on for cover. The competitors engage in open play on five such outdoor fields—each with unique features—as well as in the company's two indoor spaces that total some 30,000 square feet. Indoors, paintball contests go from sparsely adorned to almost disco-like as players stalk their enemies while traipsing across catwalks and navigating a demanding maze of fog machines, black lights, and adrenaline-boosting music inside one of the fields. The brains behind Urban Assault also offer special rates to large groups, military veterans, and members of the CIA's finger-painting brigade.