As one of the largest authorized retailers for AT&T, Mobile Communications Systems equips conversers with phones, accessories, and services to fit various lifestyles. Requiring a two-year agreement for activation and upgrades, the plethora of impressive phones—including GoPhones, data phones, smart phones, and 4G phones—assures that talk meets its technological match. Smart phones, including the Samsung Captivate ($99), impersonate small computers with 16 GB of memory, a keyboard touch screen, and that new microprocessor smell. Built from recycled plastics, the Samsung Evergreen ($69.99) supports mp3 files and graces fingertips with a QWERTY keyboard. For more advanced technophiles, the 4G Motorola Atrix's ($199.99) 4" screen displays crisp videos powered by a dual core 1GHz processor, and the 4G HTC Inspire ($99.99) runs on Android 2.2 OS and records videos in 720 HD.
At North East Adventure Paintball, adventure is a family affair. Charles Narvel, his son Austin, and his nephew Shawn opened the 6.5-acre facility in May 2008 with the goal of providing a safe venue for exhilarating rounds of paintball. Before the grand opening, the trio parceled the acres into six themed fields and dotted each landscape with matching obstacles: Old Castle field has a stone fortress with multiple levels and a tower; Civil War field features simulated headquarters and trenches.
Today, players 9 or older sprint across the six fields in games of elimination, respawn, Alamo, sharpshooter, and capture the flag. Eco-friendly, oil-free paint splatters against protective gear as players duck behind shelters or leap over barriers. Lower-speed paintball guns are available for younger players whose reflexes have not evolved into cats just yet. After an adrenaline-fueled battle, players can eat food they've brought with them at shaded, sheltered picnic tables, or purchase food and drink at the concession stand. Party packages include a referee.
At Elkton Golf and Batting Center, visitors get to hit spheres of varying sizes; the family-friendly sports complex houses an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 30-station driving range, and eight batting cages. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, overhead flood lights keep athletes awash in an electric glow even after the sun goes down, as they smack line drives back at the pitching machines and run through driving range buckets in attempts to knock that smirk off the man in the moon’s face.
"You have a dying cell phone in your hand right now as you read this." That line from the Battery on the Go website gets straight to the point of the issue all cell phone owners deal with at one time or another. The company's staff of admitted gadget lovers doesn't ever want their clients to be in a position where they can't navigate an adventure, capture a moment, or contact a friend because their smartphone died. As such, their signature product, the PowerBar, is a portable battery charger that can power an iPhone 5 from one to eleven times on a single charge, depending on the model. The lightweight, aluminum design can also charge tablets and its USB capabilities allow it to be charged by computers or USB-compatible wall plugs.
Back in 1976, when Wooden Wheels first opened, they were focused on the emerging sport of BMX and all it had to offer. As bike trends changed, first to mountain biking, then beyond into road and then eventually all styles of cycling, the shop changed, too, expanding their inventory and knowledge of all bikes. Today, they've expanded to two locations, and both offer a full line of services for cycles, as well as two wheelers ready to ride out of the shop and wheelie all the way home. Mechanics onsite provide insight into any issues, and can provide minor flat fixes or overhauls of bikes during comprehensive tune-ups.