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.
Most Popular Service: Emergency Roadside Assistance
Staff Size: 50+ people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Family Assurance Plan
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Drive Roadside aims to provide drivers with peace of mind in their travels, offering roadside assistance throughout all 50 states. The helpful service people are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide help to stranded motorists, whether they need a battery jump, fuel, a flat tire changed, or their doors unlocked. The licensed service techs even tow vehicles that breakdown or get stuck in mud, snow, or quicksand. Best of all, customers can rest assured knowing roadside help is at their beck and call, and they can also feel good knowing that Drive Roadside donates a portion of every membership fee to charities that help create safer roads and more educated drivers.
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.
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.
Certified by the American Lighting Association, Lighting Design's staff roams the showrooms at three area stores, helping customers make informed decisions as they choose lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and furniture to match the decor of their home or underground lair. The store’s owner and skilled interior designer, Jean Eyre, and her staff all exploit their trained eyes and keen aesthetic sense when helping visitors navigate the massive inventory or when performing free in-home consultations. The shop's thousands of fixtures range from wall sconces and large chandeliers to ceiling fans, and they all hail from quality brands such as Murray Feiss, Minka Lavery, Metropolitan, and Emerson.