Superior Rents' owners, Dan and Steve Wohnoutka, trace the genesis of their business back to their own childhoods spent on a modestly equipped farm. With an appreciation for how proper tools and equipment can make projects run smoother, they decided to stock three locations with plumbing, construction, and lawn-care equipment for homeowners and contractors to rent on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Their online catalog hosts a roster of rental equipment, from power drills for household projects to forklifts for hanging Do Not Disturb signs on asteroids. Customers can arrange for equipment to be delivered to their work site or drop by one of three locations—including a newly opened site in Springfield—to pick up gear.
Ridge Runner Sports trains its staff of harriers in assessing fellow runners' needs, ensuring precise pairings of quality running shoes, apparel, and accessories. Based on an analysis of their foot structure, gait, and ability to play recorder with their toes, customers slip into shoes designed for normal, flat, or high arches. Pairs of Mizuno Inspire ($99) and Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove ($124) shoes stabilize and cushion feet and maintain a dashing, only mildly intimidating look. A variety of inserts slide into any shoe, enhancing arch support for aggrieved tootsies. Boasting brands such as Feetures technical running socks ($24.95), Ridge Runner Sports stocks its sock wall with a cornucopia of styles that keep feet dry, compressed, and free of blisters. FuelBelt two-bottle hydration belts ($42.95) strap duos of canteens to sprinter hips, and purified aqua accompanies joggers with CamelBak Groove portable filtration systems ($24.95).
Alongside wide parking spaces for RV trailers, Fishing Tales RV Park welcomes visitors to bunk in four fully furnished rustic wooden cabins shaded by the clingy hugs of trees. The Oberle family oversees the campground and fills each cabin with double beds and futons, with three holding bunk beds, as well as flat-screen TVs, shared bathrooms, and private kitchens. They stock kitchen spaces with modern amenities such as stoves and coffeemakers, and visitors can also venture outside to raised porches populated by charcoal grills and deck furniture. The adjacent Weaver's Tackle Store builds on nearly 40 years of history hawking bait, tackle, and gear for fly-fishing and spin casters. Rods, reels, fishing line, and vests hang on racks beside colorful jigs poured and hand tied by local craftsmen and taste tested by local fish. An onsite coffee bar nourishes visitors before they test out equipment in the waterways of Bennett Spring State Park and Trout Springs Fishing Resort and cast their lines between shores brimming with dense foliage.
With its enormous and diverse fleet of watercrafts, Iguana Watersports, Inc. can equip sailors for outings on Lake of the Ozarks, whether the plan includes a day of fishing or a chartered cruise on a 44-foot yacht. Many of the company’s watercrafts can accommodate large groups of 14 or more, and come equipped with amenities such as iPod-compatible stereo systems, waterslides, and wet bars. In addition to renting out pontoons and power boats, and even condos and cabins, Iguana stocks a retail shop that can outfit visitors with everything from wakeboards to flip flops and coolers to keep six packs of juice boxes cold.
The river's shallow waters ripple as you wade in to cast your reel. There's a calm here that can't be found anywhere else, but there would be no enjoying this moment without the proper gear. That's where Reading's Fly Shop comes in.
Reading's is the difference between fly fishing like a pro and merely getting your shoes wet. The shop stocks all the essentials necessary to haul in a prized bass or that monster that's been terrorizing the town for years. Its selection includes rods, reels, flies, and waders handpicked by the shop's owner, Charlie Reading, who's been fishing for more than three decades.