The blue hues of Evolution Audio’s shop radiate coolness, as does the store’s inventory of high-end custom audio kits, rims, and mobile video systems. The staff specializes in car, home, and marine audio, wielding speakers and subwoofers from brands such as Alpine and JBL that fit snuggly into custom cabinets. They also specialize in additional technological upgrades for cars that include remote-starter installation and video systems.
Technicians at Auto Effects equip cars with Prestige by Audiovox APS 51 remote starters able to activate engines and prep cold morning cars from up to 800 feet away. After deft techs install the auto augmentation, drivers roll away with a remote that can start engines, warm up cars, and shoo away hibernating lifeguards from the cozy comforts of their home or office. The keypad also allows drivers to activate the panic alarm in case of emergency, and grants them keyless entry to their car without having to dig in their pockets, slip a key into the lock, and hum the chorus of ”King of the Road.” Each remote-starter system is backed by a two-year warranty on parts and labor.
While vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland, the future founders of The Board discovered standup paddleboarding. Inspired by this easy means of exploring watery avenues, they took the idea and ran with it, setting up shop in the inland town of Beaver Falls in 2010. It was there that they sculpted and sanded their own brand of wooden paddleboards and made them available for buyers and renters. They also stock epoxy and inflatable boards that customers can use to skim western Pennsylvania's flat-water rivers or paddle the Great Lakes. Customers can also procure wakeboards, kneeboards, and kayaks to propel themselves down waterways or Paul Bunyan-sized bathtubs. In addition, on-land travelers can ogle new and used skateboards, which dangle from the shop walls and a variety of wheels and hardware filling its display cases.
Popcorn-N-That’s explosive technicians stoke hungry stomachs with more than 20 varieties of made-from-scratch puffs. Hard-bodied kernels are air popped into snowy swans, which are then stowed in bags designed to ambush sweet cravings with sticky kisses. Confectionery caramel corn—constructed to the specs of a half-century-old family recipe—shines both solo ($9.49 / lb.) and as the backbone of numerous decadent variations. Wear your heart between your molars with black-and-gold candied Burgh bits ($11.50 / lb.), or sic sweet teeth on a kerfuffle of carmelized puffs, almonds, and coconut tangled together in chocolate ribbons ($12.49 / lb.). Monthly limited-edition flavors celebrate seasonal changes, such as August’s camp-fiery s’mores bites and September’s back-to-school blend of caramel-apple corn, drizzled with white chocolate and graphing calculators.
Coiling ropes of smoke coast down Beaver Street, luring smokers to the bountiful aisles of El Fumador's tobacco wonderland, which awakens the olfactory sense with its epic spread of aromatic cigars and American Spirit cigarettes. High-end brands such as Avo and vintage cigars from Romeo y Julieta beg to be chomped, smoked, savored, and the store's selection of pipes has the power to turn a bumbling detective into the second coming of Sherlock Holmes. Lighters and flasks outfit aficionados with stylish accouterments, as do cigar cases that hold smokes when they're not residing in a humidor from Diamond Crown or Madelaine.
In the distance, the thump of discharged weapons can be heard. Spires of a castle loom over the tree tops, and as the platoon approaches, a hail of fire fells three of them. As those hit trudge off the field and wipe the paint from their goggles, the rest of their team makes a hasty retreat only to assault the position from a different angle. These tense moments occur daily at Three Rivers Paintball. More than 70 acres of wooded battlefield sports crashed airplanes, broken down tanks, and large-scale fortresses. The staff also hosts airsoft battles, with scenarios reenacting battles from history such as World War II or Napoleon's thumb wars. A full-service pro shop carries traditional paintball equipment needed to wage nonlethal war.
Food, stress, blood-sugar levels, wearing a steel hat—any and all of these factors can bring on a massive headache. According to the West Hills Medical Center, 90% of Americans suffer from headaches, and they use a number of resources to identify and combat the cause. Medical care, physical therapy, and chiropractic care combined with a medically administered nerve-blocking nasal spray work in concert to provide immediate relief, and the effects last longer with each subsequent treatment.
This process stands as just one example of West Hills Medical Center’s commitment to helping patients manage and eliminate pain. Consultations can identify the source of muscle aches while guiding patients toward avoiding the problem in the future. Guided by doctors, skilled massage therapists knead deep-seated tension from the back and limbs. At West Hills, a range of advanced equipment, such as ankle-foot orthotics and knee braces, helps clients safeguard their health after they leave the practice. The staff also focuses on beautification as well as rehabilitation with B12 injections designed to burn fat, boost energy, and make all chocolate bars look like mousetraps.