After setting its wheels to the pavement in the early 1930s, South Side Cyclery today operates three stores in the St. Louis area that cater to cycling enthusiasts, with two-wheeled steeds, tools, and accessories by brands such as Giant, Specialized, and Schwinn. The ride-wise staff at each location guides riders to new mountain, road, or children’s bikes suited to any size, skill level, or fear of unicyclists. Visitors peruse more than 800 bikes in stock, enjoying free on-site assembly before wheeling their new toy off the lot. New rides include complimentary adjustments for one year, whereas all services—including tune-ups, flat-tire fixes, and chest bumps on the way out the door—also carry a 90-day warranty.
Claiming consistent five-star satisfaction ratings, the pigment professionals at Ultimate Paintball keep air-powered mercenaries supplied with the implements of civilized combat. Arms-needy gladiators can acquire a Spyder Victor paintball gun, a marker whose aluminum body, high-impact trigger frame and tool-free striker-plug design requires only minimal maintenance and subdued displays of affection for all-day blasting ($57.95). For face protection, a JT Radar Elite Goggles paintball mask ($25.95) encases heads in a low-profile, fog-resistant façade. Ammo replenishments include a 2,000-count box of Empire Diablo Formula 13 paintball rounds ($54.95) or the baseball-shaped Tippman Atomic Big Boy paintball grenade, which bespatters foes in 10 ounces of blue paint that smells of distilled sky ($5.95).
While unloading their ammo upon enemies, paint-splattered warriors hunt for cover in the outdoor wilderness of Xtreme’s 10 playing fields. They duck behind multistory wooden barricades on the Castle field, navigate a maze of padded pillars and logs on the Arena field, dive into leafy ditches on the Bunker field, and command one of four two-tiered fortresses on the Four Forts field. Much like siblings competing to see who celebrates their birthday first, Xtreme Paintball Park gathers players to engage in competitive scenarios such as capture the flag and elimination. Park staffers expand these play opportunities by constantly building new playing fields and restaging area structures. During private parties, ranks of covered pavilions offer spaces where groups can take a break from excessive sun, rain, and snow as they prepare for the next round.
With dozens of lanes that boast auto-scoring capabilities and plenty of on-site amenities, the St. Clair and Bel-Air bowling centers set the standard for high-tech bowling. With feet comfortably ensnared inside a pair of bowling shoes, bowlers will be able to topple phalanxes of uppity pins with the perfect fusion of style, power, and grace—dazzling onlookers with the flashy footwork and skillful tosses of ice-skating pizza makers. To prevent premature conclusions to a night of merrymaking, 10 arcade tokens will extend the entertainment past your double bout of ball-hurling. At St. Clair, bowlers can select from 50 different lanes, and the Bel-Air facility is permeated with free Internet beams that can only be perceived by WiFi-enabled computers and tinfoil-hat-enabled heads. Food and beverages are available at both locations.
The archery range residing in the basement of N&M Sporting Goods provides budding bowmen with a safe and fun environment in which to nock their arrows. The range stretches to 20 yards and features drawings of deer, hogs, and piles of unwashed dishes lurking amongst branches and foliage, lending the space an outdoorsy feel. The targets can be moved as requested, and novice archers can move in a step to the 19-, 18-, or 10-yard lines.