In 1987, Brian McInerny was careening around Italy in a four-wheel, multipassenger Surrey cycle. An avid cyclist, he fell in love with this quirky contraption that he'd never seen in the United States and he immediately sought out the manufacturer and purchased a crate of them. Wheel Fun Rentals traces its origin to this very moment, as Brian changed his surrey-distribution company into a rental and tour company that spans the nation. In spite of a general suspicion of unicycles and their ulterior motives, the company's corporate philosophy espouses "Supporting active healthy lifestyles for our customers and maintaining a healthy environment for all." Wheel Fun's fleet of rentals now includes bicycles, multipassenger Surreys, scooters, surfboards, and paddle-based watercraft. They also promote green communities by offering free rentals to Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
Though it’s been newly remodeled, Chase on the Lake has preserved all the polished oak, well-stuffed chairs, and turn-of-the-century–style furnishings that have made it a historic hallmark. It's supplemented its classic two-lane bowling alley with a Nintendo Wii room, [fitness center] (http://www.chaseonthelake.com/fitness-center.html), and indoor pool. From the luxuriant confines of your lakeside king or queen room (average value of $119), you’ll get to soak in magnificent views of the unfortunately named Leech Lake and lavish yourself with a host of amenities, including silky-soft bedding, a multihead shower system (in select rooms), and oversized bath towels.
Lawn Care Express's expert landscapers preen green tresses of up to half an acre, simultaneously growing and snipping them in one of summertime's most perplexing paradoxes. A seasonally customized blend of fertilizers lavishes lots with fecundity, and the antiweed conditioner annihilates bands of mutant crabgrass more effectively than crustaceous kryptonite. Rid landscaping and buildings of unruly overgrowth with mowing sessions, which allow homeowners to forgo the hassle of grappling with greenery by hand. After services are complete, Groupon customers can continue to outsource yard work with a 30% discount on weekly mowing for the rest of the summer.
Wildwoods’ volunteers work to make a difference in animals’ lives, aiming to strengthen the bond between humans and animals, exercise compassion, and give a second chance to animals that humans have hurt through landscaping, pesticides, and the introduction of machines into a once-natural world. To that end, Wildwoods rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned animals that range from rabbits and squirrels to woodpeckers and deer. The organization provides rescued wildlife with shelter and medical care until the adolescent animals can survive in the wild. Volunteers clean the enclosures daily, medicate sick animals, and feed them specialized diets that can include hazelnuts, milk replacer, and vegetables, depending on the species and age of the animal.
Equipment: Yoga blocks, mats,
Students should bring: bottle of water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Metered street parking
Pro Tip: Come early to fill out registration form and enjoy a cup of tea.