In Paintsburgh City, warriors use a rundown embassy and unoccupied police station for cover as they dodge opposing armies. Friendships have been put aside for the day as teams stealthily move about the 20,000-square-foot ghost town, aiming their CO2-powered paintball guns to hit targets and score bragging rights. The elaborate city is one of several scenario fields that make Xtreme Kombat's paintball and training facility a draw for both recreational players and professional law-enforcement and military personnel seeking challenging training environs. In addition to Paintsburgh's watchtowers and wrecked vehicles, the other themed fields—with names like Fort Massacre and Death Valley POW Hills—combine imaginative storylines with wooded landscapes, obstacles, and freelancing ghosts. The complex's fields are also illuminated for after-dark play.
Plato’s Closet curates a collection of gently used name-brand apparel, incentivizing their customers to bring in their own quality used clothing for cash. Each week, the staff pores over piles of clothing and accessories in search of young and on-trend sweaters, dresses, shorts, and hazmat suits from such brands as Hollister, Abercrombie, Steve Madden, J.Crew, Guess, and American Eagle. After picking out the best clothes and accessories, the staff reshelves items, priced at up to 70% off their retail value. The style-savvy staff aims to keep the shop’s stock in line with current trends and classic fashion statements, generally choosing only pieces that are 12–18 months old. Most of the available apparel comes in sizes 0–16 for women and waist size 28–40 for men.
Every Menchie's location around the world looks much the same: pink, yellow, and lime-green decor framing the eponymous mascot, a smiley twist of yogurt with a cone for a body. It's an identical template that allows for nearly infinite variations at each outpost's row of 14 or 16 rotating yogurt pumps, where guests can self-serve swirls of flavors such as pistachio, peanut butter cup, cake batter, and fruity raspberry pomegranate tart. Then, they can ladle scoops of nearly 60 toppings—including sprinkles, cookies 'n' cream, hot fudge, and locally grown fruits—onto their creations. Nonfat and no-sugar-added varieties join gluten- and lactose-free options for those who have food sensitivities or just hate the taste of gluten.
Nothing humankind has done since putting a man on the moon has seemed very impressive, but Moonberries Frozen Yogurt gives earthlings a new reason to feel awestruck with its menu of impossibly healthy desserts. Nearly every one of its many flavors is devoid of gluten and high-fructose corn syrup, and each treat is made with pasteurized skim milk and loaded with beneficial active yogurt cultures—helping to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, and give tongues a youthful purple hue. Customers choose from creamy varieties such as bubble yum and eggnog, tart flavors including wild berries and peach mango, and the nondairy ginger lemonade and key lime, crowning them with more than 50 sweet toppings.
Edible Arrangements' fresh-fruit bouquets merge the beauty of a floral display with Mother Nature's most delicious candy. At more than 1,000 stores across the globe, fruit florists carve pineapples into flower forms, hand dip bananas into semisweet and white chocolate, and swathe Albion strawberries—sweeter and darker than regular strawberries—in coats of coconut and almonds. Then, they arrange the morsels into eye-catching displays to fill mugs and vases or line decorative gift boxes. Patrons can find an arrangement for nearly any occasion, whether they want to honor Mother's Day, sweeten an anniversary, or send condolences after the death of a friend's pet rock. Customers can shop online and opt for delivery or pick up finished displays at a storefront location.
Married couple Jessica Greene and Franklin Santana founded Bull City Craft as a social hub for the Durham crafting community. Events for all ages fill their calendar, such as Paint and Pours, during which adults sip wine while painting or crafting. Other sessions include drop-in crafting sessions where kids can paint and decorate wooden shadow boxes with mementos or string together beaded jewelry. Youngsters can also opt for more structured classes and summer camps or celebrate getting one year closer to buying business-casual outfits during craft-theme birthday parties.
The shop stocks art supplies ranging from paints by Lefranc & Bourgeois or Amsterdam to canvases, scissors, and glue.