The The Dive Shop's instructors, drawing from Scuba Schools International's programs, teach water-safety skills to fledgling divers and swimmers of all ages. Classes and activities range from the Scuba Rangers club?where kids aged 8?12 learn to snorkel and scuba dive from the safety of a pool?to open-water dives, swimming lessons, and more advanced stress-and-rescue dive sessions, during which instructors turn dog paddlers into almost-mermaids, minus the pet octopuses.
At Off Limits Paintball, combatants pelt one another with vivid hues as trained officials preside over a 12-field, 50-acre expanse. Before taking the field, competitors outfit themselves with an included mask, gun, CO2, 100 paintballs, and a brief lesson in abstract expressionist tech-niques. Game sessions rotate across fields, with areas including a 10,000-square-foot indoor facility, the tubular barricades of Pipe Dreams, and the privately designed, 007-approved Thunderball. Fresh water on every field keeps trigger ticklers hydrated, while complimentary dressing rooms and showers help wash away remnants of paint and shame from playing dead all day. Fuel up at the course’s concession stand with pizza, hot dogs, candy, nachos, and beverages, then defeat opponents by exe-cuting a surprise midmeal combat roll. Off Limits is a field-paint-only facility, and customers can purchase extra paint ($5 for 100; $20 for 500) on-site.
The staff at New Balance isn't concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of their stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
For 27 years, the troops at A & A Tent Productions have been lending planners essential supplies and equipment and pitching party tents, tossing up canvas creations ranging from bouncy houses to the Budweiser Hotel’s Super Bowl party tent. Clients can rent a popcorn machine ($40), tables ($8+), and chairs ($1.40+ each) to set up for a casual backyard cookout with friends and neighbors, or apply this Groupon toward an inflatable bouncy house ($150+) for a child's or pet porcupine's birthday soiree. A 20'x20' pole tent ($200) dares meterological party poopers to rain on your parade, while an outdoor dance floor ($22/4'x4' section) provides an environment as large as you like for shaking prehensile tails and backside plumage. Prices vary depending on the length of rental; all listed prices are good for one- to three-day rentals.
Scrubs Unlimited's hangers and shelves are stocked with 20,000 medical-attire options by renowned brands such as Barco, Cherokee, Urbane, and Landau. Hands pull matching Cherokee scrubs tops and pants over torsos and hips ($15.99–$21.99), and the Grey's Anatomy line by Barco combines style and function in apparel such as the mock wrap top ($33.99). A banded bouffant surgical cap equips foreheads with a sweatband but doesn't hinder dramatically wiping sweat from brows ($16.99), and pavement pounders slide into medical footwear fashioned from washable leather that boasts a slip-resistant sole and moisture-absorbing lining ($78.99). Professionals don fun duds in an assortment of fall- and winter-themed prints, as well as threads designed specifically for dental offices, schools, and underwater clinics.
Play It Again Sports overhauls lockers with high-quality gear and rescues gently used athletic equipment from untimely retirement. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up an all-star lineup across each store's shelves, which are replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that ranges from baseball and football to soccer and lacrosse. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. To ensure its stock remains robust, Play It Again Sports encourages athletes to collect their lightly used gear?including bicycles?and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.