As a law school graduate, self-taught photographer Jim Harmer understands how difficult it can be to take up a new hobby while juggling other responsibilities. That's why he founded Improve Photography, a website that offers 30-day online photography courses, allowing students to learn at their own pace and in the comforts of their own home. Along with fellow photographer Dustin Olsen, Harmer teaches students of all levels the skills to take great photos in 10-minute video lessons that can be viewed on smartphones, tablets, or the computer chip in your brain.
Their courses acquaint beginners with the basics, and also, for more advanced students, focus on more specific facets of the art including business of photography, portrait photography, and Photoshop. Though the classes are online, students bring their newly found skills to the real world through photo challenges, and receive constructive feedback on their photos from Harmer and Olsen.
Sportations connects amateur adrenaline jockeys to certified professional adventurers, drawing from a nationwide network of aeronauts and speed demons to introduce habitual pedestrians to the wonders of skydiving, ballooning, hang gliding, and stock-car racing. Thrill seekers can zipline across a forest canopy, hollering like Tarzan or taunting nearby birds until they agree to race. Helicopter tours ferry patrons skyward over landmarks and cityscapes, whereas paragliding adventures get up close and personal with blue skies and clouds. For most sports, Sportations accommodates groups of any size, from physics classes empirically proving gravity's existence to solo ballooning supervillains declaring dominion over all they see.
Spines chill as they cross the threshold from civilization into the nightmarish realm of 3K Haunted House, where untold fiends await to release their inner-demons onto unwelcome guests. Much like one would expect from George Lucas’s poltergeist, 3K Haunted House strikes fear in the hearts of interlopers with film-set-quality effects and designs, suspending guests’ disbelief as they tiptoe past groaning ghouls and hear a cascade of blood-curdling screams. In addition to its spooky domicile, 3K Haunted House also boasts a number of other harvest-season attractions, such as kid-friendly bounce houses, which early farmers used to create the world’s first-ever popcorn.
On Wake Central Cable Park's manmade lake, riders wakeboard, wakeskate, and water ski without a boat. That's because two overhead, straight-line cable systems pull visitors across the watery obstacle course. The varied terrain accommodates riders of all ability levels and lets them progress at their own pace—open waters help beginners refine the basics, and jumps and rails challenge more experienced riders. In addition to supervising the lake, Wake Central's team possesses a stock of gear for sale, such as boards, boots, and helmets.
As its name implies, bows and arrows are the focus of Archery Central. The pro shop outfits visitors for archery adventures with products including custom Death Harp bowstrings and earthy scents that help hunters blend in with the surrounding woods and its impeccably perfumed sasquatches. The center's 16-lane indoor shooting range hosts group classes, individual instruction sessions, and leagues, and its open-shoot sessions invite visitors to bring their own bows or rent out equipment from the pro shop's inventory.
Uniforms, Etc! puts a lot of emphasis on the etcetera. It carries uniform tops, scrub sets, and other standard-issue apparel, however racks upon racks also display the store’s collection of fashionable clothing and accessories. In addition to formal gowns and Michael Kors handbags, it carries cocktail dresses, consignment items, and designer jeans from brands such as LA Idol and Miss Chic. Uniforms, Etc! also specializes in accessories ranging from jewelry and hats to sports paraphernalia and trinkets.