The dungeon masters within Evolution Gaming's dragon-haunted walls lord over not only a board-, card-, and model-game depot, but also a stadium that hosts campaigns, tournaments, and one-off games. Miniature battlefields both urban and rural might be rolled over by Flames of War tanks and infantry, or invaded by the elves, orcs, and humans of Warhammer. Aspiring game masters can peruse several walls of rulebooks before stepping into alternate worlds or eras of the past such as in Founding Fathers.
An affiliate of Enterprise, WeCar mobilizes its members with short-term rentals of fuel-efficient, hybrid, and plug-in vehicles. For a minimum of one hour, drivers borrow cars for errands or business meetings at an hourly or daily rate that includes gas, basic insurance coverage, and up to 200 miles per use. Upon making a reservation—which can be done 24 hours a day—members retrieve a vehicle from its designated location. Members are expected to keep the car in respectful condition, keeping pets in carriers, not smoking, and using the included gas card to refill tanks once the reach only one-quarter full. Any trips longer than 200 miles incur an additional $0.35 fee per mile, and 24-hour roadside assistance ensures drivers aren't stranded with flat tires, dead batteries, or horns that won't stop honking the Knight Rider theme song. At the end of each trip, the car must be returned on time to its original location.
The average exerciser may not know Nia, but Sarah and Amy of Somatic Alchemy live and breathe the holistic workout. They teach the blend of dance, martial arts, and healing arts in an upbeat, yet relaxing environment. Set to music, Nia’s steps are carefully guided, and they burn calories without high impact. So Sarah and Amy welcome students at all levels of fitness to their classes, held atop The Reach Center’s sprung floors (which are easy on the joints).
“Every sort of person populating these parts can be seen at the cozy Glenwood Restaurant,” the New York Times says, nodding to the eatery’s popular menu of hearty breakfasts, sandwiches, and other American food. The chili verde brunch burrito—lauded by Sports Illustrated as “worth getting out of bed early for”—greets the day along with fruit waffles and denver omelets, and lunchtime brings tomato-cheese soup and paninis. Tempeh stir-fries with peanut sauce and brown rice join pasta genovese and steak and mushrooms at dinnertime, complemented by glasses and microglasses of wine and microbrews.
The Clothes Horse's fashion experts select the finest upscale, contemporary clothing for their richly decorated storefront. Mannequins show off finery in the glass storefront window, inspiring customers to reach trendy new heights or to start careers as statues. Inside the cozy shop, customers meander over scarlet carpets and browse racks of name-brand clothing, neat rows of shoes, and accessories displayed on columned tables. Shoppers can try on a contemporary dress ($8-$30) for size, or sample a Banana Republic skirt that emigrated from its tropical home only six months ago ($16). Customers can complete outfits with a fashionable purse ($6–$20) or use it for street art by cramming it with ketchup packets and stomping it like a barrel of grapes at a vineyard. Festive umbrellas hang upside-down from the shop’s ceiling, and handbags, elegant dresses, ornate mirrors, and poster art deck the pale walls.
Lotus Hair Design's adept stylists smooth frizzy follicles and fashion progressive hairstyles with vegan and organic products. The deep-conditioning treatment begins with a ritual scalp and shoulder massage, which soothes stressed craniums and clavicles via repetitious kneading and finger-whispered Gregorian chants. Next, tress technicians envelop limp locks with organic keratin oil to infuse skull forests with sustainable style before a dryer dome caps crowns for 20 minutes. Then, an application of sulfate-free Pravana keratin shampoo and conditioner spruces hair to shine, enabling the savvy beautician to snip and style cleansed head nests into trend-setting topiaries or human bonsai flamingo sculptures. Ensuring that patrons leave surging with good vibes, the salon's fuchsia-and-lime-colored interior employs a vibrant décor of plants and lanterns to impart a cheerful, springtime feeling.