Thao Haas and his son Justin so loved paintball that they used to spend hours every Sunday driving from their home to the nearest paintball field. Until the day they decided they could do better. The father and son team spent hundreds of hours compiling lists of what they liked and disliked about each of the fields they frequented, picking and choosing only the best features for what would become Legends Paintball.
Originally a single field on a wooded lot, staff celebrated when the parking lot was paved in 2010, marking the beginning of a major expansion. Today, the original location in The Woodlands sprawls across 12 acres of land, populated by six paintball courses and an admin building with a paint storage facility, which is temperature controlled to preserve paintball quality and taste. On-deck players and observers stay protected from the hot sun under covered staging and picnic areas, while a sky loft givesnon-playing family members a good view of the action on the airball fields. The newly opened satellite location?Legends Tactical?offers even more paintball play spread across a 16 acres, and also features airsoft play.
M2 Sports supplies adrenaline seekers the skills and gear to temper waves, powder, or concrete. M2's snowboarding division carries name-brand planks from brands such as Forum and Lib Tech, as well as all colors and styles of snow-ready gear. A Smith Holt men's snow helmet ($89.99) protects the brain’s ever-expanding library of memorized zip codes, and Volcom Believer men's snow gloves ($109.99) keep hands from making skin-to-snow contact. Skate enthusiasts can peruse an exhaustive array of decks, long boards, and protective gear, tuning out chatty crossing guards with Skullcandy’s iCon 2 on-ear headphones ($29.95), whose headbands are lined with rubber grips to prevent slips midride. M2 also equips wakeboarders with name-brand gear from Ronix and Hyperlite, and fosters future enthusiasts through lessons and summer wake camp held at a private lake.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Waterpoint Marina is part of a 17-acre entertainment complex that sits on the edge of Lake Conroe. Guests of the marina can explore local waterways by renting a boat slip or boat, including a 42' open air yacht that holds up to 35 guests and an 80' party barge known as the Little Palm. The posh vessel can hold up to 80 partygoers and is set up with sound systems and portable heaters to keep guests and airborne dolphins warm on the upper deck terrace. Next to the harbor is a boardwalk lined with souvenir shops, seafood restaurants, and fishing spots.
With an inventory that includes 14 different palms, 11 fruit-bearing varieties, and dozens of fast-growing shade trees, Big Text Tree Nursery furnishes yards with a wide range of greenery that flourishes in the southeastern Texas climate. At each of their locations, a team of garden experts helps shoppers peruse the greenery and select the ideal tree for their garden, while mobile gardening teams deliver and plant selected trees.
Twisted Paintball lets slip the dogs of nonlethal war across five distinct fields, each outfitted with different obstacles and forms of cover. Customers outfit themselves with a mask for protection before equipping an electronic rental marker with 3,000-psi compressed air tanks that hurl paintballs with the accuracy of a professional pitcher aiming at a dunk tank. The five fields span the drained banks of nearby Crystal Creek as well as its surrounding wooded terrain, although four of them are within a 30-second jaunt of the rest area.