Tim Cameron knew he loved watersports when he realized he could walk on water?sort of. He actually water-skis barefoot, a sport that he picked up after an 8-year stint in the world of motocross. Since his initial affair with aquatic thrills, he's continued to quench his thirst for adrenaline through various other watersports?including kneeboarding?and turned his passion into a business with Triple X Surf and Skim in 2004.
Today, there are two Triple X Surf and Skim retail stores in the sunshine state, where patrons can visit to pick up boards and accessories or learn how to ride the waters. People of all ages and skill levels?from adrenaline-junkie kids to 75-year-old seniors who've never set food on a board?partake in surfing lessons that take place right outside of the Jacksonville Beach location. All lessons maintain a five-to-one student-teacher ratio, so participants can enjoy individualized attention from their instructors, some of whom surf competitively and habitually ditch Surfaholics Anonymous meetings.
Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
Runners embarking on the Honky Tonk Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5K won't need headphones to hear twangy country tunes. That’s because the hilly Wisconsin Dells course features live bands and DJs along the route to keep participants energized as they race toward the finish line. The party-like atmosphere doesn’t end with the race, as a full-blown celebration complete with food, beer, and line dancing awaits runners and their family and friends. Aside from age-group awards for the top three males and females in each race, finish-line gifts include a Honky Tonk cowboy hat and goodie bag for all participants, a finisher-medal buckle for marathoners and half marathoners, and an ice bath for those who decided to pogo stick the entire 26.2 miles. The Honky Tonk marathon and half-marathon course is USA Track & Field certified and is also a Boston Marathon qualifier.
Tracy & Stacy's Masterpiece Jewelers brings 17 years of ornamental expertise to its efforts as a provider and caretaker of fine jewelry. Outfit your own exterior or that of a pet robot with a wide range of stainless-steel pieces, such as earrings and bracelets (starting at $29). Hundreds of BaubleLuLu and Medusa charm beads ($6.95–$14.95) allow customers to mix and match designs and styles, creating unique, personalized bracelets.
Wireless Wizard, an AT&T-authorized dealer, peddles cell phones and accessories alongside a slew of wireless plans. Flip phones, smartphones, touch phones, and Blackberrys comprise a diverse stock of newfangled walkie-talkies, such as the Pantech Crossover smartphone ($29.99 with two-year plan; $399.99 without) or the Samsung A197 ($39.99), a GoPhone saddled with $15 worth of prepaid minutes. Garnish phones with accessories such as a car charger ($29.99) or a Blackberry gel cover ($19.99), which protects backs of phones from dings and bee stings in bright colors and styles. Customers can commit to long-term wireless communication with an individual, family, or data plan, or commit to non-commitment with a pay-as-you-go plan.
The professional florists at Zahn’s Flowers & More Inc craft bouquets for festive occasions with fresh, quality blossoms to drop off on customer doorsteps. Shoppers can analyze their love lives on the petals of a holiday arrangement, such as the Rose Fest bouquet ($36.99), which mingles roses with peach hypericum berries and red apples in autumnal artistry. The peach, pink, and yellow lilies of the Bountiful Garden bouquet ($52.99) enliven household or office rooms, and the cheery assortment of mini sunflowers in the Sunshine Daydream bouquet ($44.99) can sustain a flock of hungry hummingbirds or prevent crime when taped over a hacker's keyboard.