PADI instructor Bob Henry dove in the Caribbean, South America, and other tropical locales, but he always returned to his home base—B & W Dive Co., a scuba shop he founded in 1991. Since the ‘90s, his children Amber and Warren have taken the reins, carrying on their dad’s legacy by organizing dive trips and helping students earn their PADI certifications. The shop’s classes cover topics beyond open-water diving, though; they can introduce pupils to scuba basics, such as breathing underwater without trading in their ability to breathe on land, or focus on snorkeling and swimming. Visitors can also outfit themselves for solo underwater journeys with dependable aquatic gear, culled from makers such as Oceanic, Tusa, and Sealife.
Among the dark and twisted trappings of its haunted house, the Terror Dome takes time to find fear in the ordinary. A typical doctor's visit ends in involuntary surgery, a trip to the butcher reveals the madness of cannibals, and an midday chase by a chainsaw maniac becomes a nuisance when Jeopardy! is on. Live actors scream contradictory instructions to interlopers, as insane inmates warn passersby to leave and ghostly pale mothers ask them to stay. A grimy, haunted cemetery gives way to a demonic funhouse populated by vicious clowns. Hollywood-quality props bring a intense edge to the deadly endeavor, especially the prop chainsaws that the house-runners bitterly remark are more expensive than real chainsaws.
Spookers Halloween's costume area actually has dressing rooms. It might not sound like a big deal, but most costume shops don't, which means guessing if that sassy sailor costume will provide enough coverage to hide your fish-identification poster.
Spookers' customers can try on thousands of costumes in a range of sizes, and if they visit the Gulf Freeway store, customers can peruse more than 18,000 sq. ft. Kids can decide if they want to be a pirate, princess, or bumblebee when they hit the streets to go trick or treating. Grownups have even more choices.
First, they must decide if they'd rather be scary or sultry. Then they can try on costumes such as the Playboy bunny, mod girl, Old West sheriff, or Roman gladiator. The shop stays open until midnight on All Hallows Eve to ensure that latecomers can still get a costume in time to avoid going to a party as the sweaty late guy.
Over the course of more than 25 years in business, GMS Dental Centers have established the kind of long-term relationships with patients that allow an office to thrive. The company employs many licensed dentists, hygienists, and dental specialists, as well as a former IRS agent who gets paid in people not yelling at him. Each location treats kids and adults to cosmetic, preventative, and procedural care, and dental teams also perform ultra-modern services such as Zoom! whitening, straightening with Invisalign, and installing quarter-inch HDTVs in incisors.