One of just 23 TaylorMade Performance Labs in the world, the location at Columbia Edgewater Country Club uses modern swing technology to gather data about golfers’ games, resulting in club recommendations that are uniquely suited to each player. A certified TaylorMade Club-Fitting Professional guides athletes through the entire experience. While the client swings inside a golf simulator, the pro helms the Motion Analysis Technology by TaylorMade, an apparatus comprised of six high-speed cameras. These cameras turn the golfer into a three-dimensional digital rendering, similar to the process used by video-game developers and James Cameron whenever he searches for a spouse. Whether a customer opts for fitting with all 14 clubs in his or her bag or a single category—such as irons, woods, putters, or wedges—the technology captures their mechanics down to a tenth of a degree, revealing optimal club parameters ranging from loft angle to shaft flex.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece 7-10 days later.
Claiming to be the nation's largest paragliding and speed-flying facility, Cloud 9 Paragliding School touts its complete repair loft and lessons held seven days of the week year-round. The facility also stocks a variety of flying gadgets and equipment and imports a variety of international brands of paragliding equipment, which it then distributes to more than 40 flying schools across the country. But above all, the facility sees itself as a big toy store, providing big kids with playthings such as kite tricycles, pogo sticks, and mountain unicycles.
For more than 35 years, Cactus & Tropicals has livened up sparse plots and reinvigorated depressed patios with a vast, verdant variety of cacti, flowers, and gardening gear. Focusing as much on sprouting seeds as fostering field creativity, the lush storefront boasts an elaborate display area showcasing high-end floral fashions. Winding catwalks guide buyers through crowds of leafy house plants ($3.95+), annuals ($1.79+), and a colorful gathering of orchids culled from around the globe ($16+). Growers with a history of prickly relationships with plants can learn how to care for a cacti garden ($1.95+ each), get paired up with an easy-to-please perennial ($4.29+), or adopt a well-behaved bonsai guaranteed to sit still during fussy grooming sessions.
The elite cadre at Castle Couture carries upscale clothing and accessories that mirror the styles in the Hollywood fashion scene. The boutique outfits government officials attempting to pass as hip teens with wares from brands such as Citizens of Humanity, Da-Nang, and Hard Tail. Soft, chic blouses and shirts ($30+) displayed along the walls are curated on hangers and folded neatly in cubbies, and reams of stylish pieces of jewelry ($25+) await their new homes on your body. Worldly fashionistas may make a difference on their wrists with humanity bracelets ($24) or pay homage to men in service by draping dog tags around their necks ($36). Warm up a chilly nape with a stylish scarf ($25), or create a controlled bedside fire with chic candles ($30+).
Intent on helping homeowners create their dream gardens from start to finish, Landscape Supply of Utah’s all-encompassing approach to outdoor design is reflected in its multi-talented staff of stonemasons, designers, and landscapers. Amid the lush nursery, a diverse assortment of shrubs, perennials, and conifers helps customers imagine a richer home garden, and bulk orders of bark mulch, topsoil, and decorative gravel serve as chic foundations for yard beautification. Landscape Supply’s rugged flagstone options add dimension to greenery arrangements, and fire pits transform home exteriors into entertainment hubs or a gossip spot for neighborhood phoenixes. In the design center, professionals sit down with clients to draw up plans for everything from basic flower bed layouts to elaborate garden designs during consultations that include planting schedules and basic notes for construction.