With a baseball training academy led by MLB player Jack Cust and a softball training center led by Olympian Jennie Finch, Diamond Nation hosts a staff of professional players and coaches who cull their collective NCAA, MLB, and Olympic experience to refine the hitting, pitching, and fielding skills of burgeoning legends. The Jack Cust Baseball Academy and Jennie Finch Softball Academy share a well-equipped space and employ staffers who personalize player instruction.
Since 1972, locals have entrusted their swimming pools and hot tubs to the experts at the family-owned Sahara Pools. The certified technicians are available for both seasonal and extended maintenance, whether clients simply need help prepping their pools for summertime or would like regular assistance with surface skimming, vacuuming, brushing, water testing, and chemical balancing. They also offer customized maintenance and pool renovations and repairs, and update chlorine sanitization systems to more eco-friendly (and skin-friendly) salt-based systems. Seasonal and extended maintenance plans can include water surface skimming, debris-vacuuming, emptying pump baskets, filter backwash, and visual and chemical inspections of the water.
Beyond offering top-notch service, Sahara Pools carries a wide selection of equipment—from robotic cleaning systems, filters, pumps, heats, and basic brushes—from reliable brands such as Raypack, Hayward, Polaris, Zodiac, Jandy, and Aquabot. Patio furniture, including umbrellas, propane fire tables, and chef-approved grills and smokers further promote backyard revelry.
With three individual chains in its family of stores?Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's?scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.
Slow and steady wins the race—a good tip for both tortoises competing in races and humans looking to stay healthy while exercising. Instead of seeing how many reps their clients can complete in a session, always egging them on to do more even faster, the trainers at Enlightened Exercise use the SuperSlow technique. Exercisers spend 10 seconds lifting the weight and another 10 seconds lowering it. In addition to making the muscles work longer, the 20-second rep also allows exercisers to focus on proper lifting form, resulting in fewer injuries and more bodybuilding poses. The slow-motion workouts—which take place in a private, distraction-free fitness studio—only need to be performed once or twice per week for 30 minutes.
The rumbling of thunder and flashes of lightning normally mean soaked and dejected sports players, but The Edge Sports Center keeps balls soaring through the air regardless of the weather outside. This is thanks to the center’s indoor field, which sets the stage for athletes hurtling footballs through the air or honing the fancy footwork needed to waltz with a soccer ball. The roster of classes expands beyond these sports and into speed and strength training to prepare youths planning to track down the yeti. Groups can rent the field for rainout-proof trainings or games, and the center also hosts birthday parties complete with pizza and cake.
At The Mad Potter, both kids and adults find an outlet to flex their creative muscles. The studio—a welcoming space full of natural light and wooden tables and chairs—showcases a variety of unfinished pottery pieces, ranging from magnets and candlesticks to picture frames and food-safe dinnerware. During Paint by Story sessions, a staff member reads a book aloud while budding child artists use nontoxic paints to bring one of the characters to life. The studio also hosts birthday parties for youngsters and get-togethers for adults, including bridal showers, corporate outings, and team-building events.