At Boardman Lanes, bowling balls thunder down 24 gleaming, waxed lanes. Automatic pin setters and scoring computers allow customers to focus on their games, with little downtime between throws. On Friday and Saturday nights, black lights cast an otherworldly glow during cosmic bowling. The facility also features video games to provide breaks from bowling action and a snack bar to keep players fueled throughout the day.
Entrenched in the no-hands fanaticism of soccer since 1977, The Jock Stop scores high with personalized customer service and a wide range of running, football, baseball, and cheerleading gear from Nike, Adidas, and more. Footwear goes the distance on versatile terrains, scaling price points from $24 to $250, while cushioned by athletic socks that range from $5.50 to $15.99. Shirtless face painters can flaunt team devotion on their sweat pants and more with custom "school spirit wear" starting at $13.99, skewing up to a screaming $60. Soccer balls, priced from $17 to $149, allow teams to get their competitive kicks. Whether you're racing over a field, feinting past an opposing cheer squad, or organizing a game of bridge with eight bloodthirsty grandmas, The Jock Shop has the goods to make it happen.
With more than 386 locations dotting North America, JCPenney Optical's ubiquity is matched only by its extensive selection of contact lenses and designer frames that includes brands such as Armani Exchange, Liz Claiborne, and Nicole Miller. Despite this wide reach, all lenses are cut at the same optical laboratory, ensuring a consistency of quality and a pretty good idea of where to look if your glasses run away from home. Each location has an independent state-licensed doctor of optometry, who can perform vision exams and help clients determine which type of vision correction will work best.
By filling their shelves with publisher overstocks and remainders, Bradley's Book Outlet's shops across Pennsylvania and Ohio are able to price new releases and current bestsellers at bargain prices. Whether it's discounting the most banned books in the United States, hosting author discussions and book signings, or going to the movies to read the book version out loud in the theater, the retailers are constantly proving their devotion to the act of reading. They're more than a brick, mortar, paper, and ink store, too?their online wholesale division offers massive discounts with an emphasis on pop fiction, African American literature, and history.
At Blazed & Bedazzled, customers paint their own pottery, choosing from a menagerie of prepotted ceramics to colorfully adorn. Wielding a brush at the translucent glass tabletops, guests can decorate a jumbo mug ($16) or a business-card holder ($15) with a fancily plated name or pictures of fax machines. A personalized switch-plate cover ($17) basks rooms in a one-of-a-kind glow. Gussy up a curvy bowl ($13) and apply a grimacing self-portrait to a cupcake box ($22) to keep desserts safe from the sticky fingers of pastry thieves. A piggy bank ($13) makes an attractive shell for artistic expression, in which the painter may stow away pennies or a recursive series of increasingly tiny pigs. A friendly staff is always on paint-flecked hand to guide customers and demonstrate effective painting techniques.
For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports stores have bedecked kids and adults with high-end, wallet-friendly athletic armor so that they can kick, swing, punt, and take exception to referee calls with gusto. New inventory arrives consistently, and the friendly staff can lead quality-seeking shoppers to the top brands lining the spacious storefront shelves, including TaylorMade, Nike, adidas, Easton, and more. Prices vary by item, but you'll have enough credit to purchase many different athletic accouterments. Little sluggers can chase down fly balls in fresh cleats (starting at $8.99) and divot devotees can sink far-reaching holes-in-one or knock the top hats off haughty pelicans with the help of an arsenal of eager golf balls (starting at $5/dozen). A selection of cast-iron dumbbells (starting at $0.59/pound) prepares biceps and pectorals alike for the inevitable day when the performance-enhancing effects of weightlifting are legalized in sports again. Because of rapid growth patterns and rampant milk abuse, modern kids can grow out of their pads and kickers virtually at will; customers are encouraged to bring in old or outgrown sports equipment for cash or store credit.