Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
A 24-hour animal hospital, Pipestone Veterinary Clinic of Iowa provides medical services, which range from critical care to general checkups, for cats, dogs, and exotic pets. Using 76 years of combined experience, the four veterinarians on staff can conduct blood transfusions, dental examinations, and vaccinations. Grooming and bathing services help keep pets clean, and onsite boarding ensures they have somewhere to stay while their families are away.
The whimsical rhymes and quirky cartoons coloring most greeting cards are occasionally amusing, but their stock sentiments and broad jokes engender little intimacy. Pear Tree Greetings curates a deeper connection by stocking an online store with hundreds of customizable greeting-card designs, nearly all of which are constructed from 100% post-consumer materials. Uploaded photos personalize traditional cards or unconventional booklets shaped like strings of holiday lights, which landed Pear Tree in the pages of the Wall Street Journal. Cards come printed on a 100-pound matte card stock that can be coupled with magnets, napkins, and address labels celebrating birthdays, graduations, and weddings. Since there’s no charge for double-side printing, graduation announcements can easily detail party logistics and wedding invitations can list the funniest things to shout when the officiant asks if anyone has objections.
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.
Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.
Pub 500's sensory sanctuary marries a menu of hearty pub fare with more than 80 frosty brews. Imbibe in the savory crunch of deep-fried nosh including mac and cheese and pub pickles (both $8.99). Sandwiches such as the bacon cheeseburger ($9.79) or pulled pork ($8.79) cradle meats in gooey cheeses and sauces, while house-made sweet bread pudding entices eaters with sweet caramel and whipped-cream accents ($3.99). Liberate bottled desires with an extensive menu of libations, including pints of local Grain Belt Nordeast ($3.25), Guinness ($5), and Pub 500 exclusive brew Ragtop Amber ($2.95). Open until 2 a.m. daily, Pub 500 offers seven days of food and drink specials, and invites night owls to return at 9 a.m. on weekends for breakfast.