The key to Zazzle.com?s success isn?t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories?it?s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website?s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
As an aerial photographer, it makes sense for Jeff Codman to pilot a 2013 Robinson R-44. The viper-red aircraft affords him unlimited freedom of movement, nearly 360-degree visibility, and the ability to hover and swoop like a hummingbird as he dips 100 feet above the earth to snap shots of sailboats, unusual toupees, and ocean-side mansions.
Now, with Bird's Eye View Helicopters? tours, Mr. Codman grants guests the same breathtaking aerial views in the helicopter that he?s enjoyed for more than 25 years. The Fall Foliage tour transports guests over a patchwork quilt of red and orange foliage, and the Island Tour traces a route above Ocean Drive and historic lighthouses. Mr. Codman even lets amateur pilots take the reins during a 25-minute introductory flight.
Although the top priority at Evolutionary Sports is to help others get into shape, the facility aims far beyond that by creating an environment that makes every guest, member, and first-time exerciser feel part of something bigger. To accomplish its mission, the business offers group workouts, personal training, and a full slate of classes at two different facilities. Those classes range from boot camp and yoga to karate and cross training, which fuses kickboxing techniques, cardio drills, and weight training into one intense session.
Clusters of forts and bunkers stretch for 30 acres on the playing fields of WarZone Paintball & Airsoft. WarZone's massive layout gives players ample room to plot sneak attacks from behind barrels or lead epic charges from the trenches, across fields, or up hill-top fortresses. With a village, multiple forts, trenches and more, WarZone is suited for groups big or small.
Rhode Island Paintball & Airsoft owner George Zervas created WarZone with Jeff Stein, the founder of the professional paintball team the New England Hurricanes.
Equipment: Cybex, Freemotion, Matrix
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: I am the owner, operator, and trainer. We are not a franchise.
Creative Fitness 24/7 prides itself on being a fully accessible neighborhood gym with top-notch equipment and supportive personal training. Patrons can breeze through its doors 24/7 and blast calories on a treadmill, tone muscles with weights, or swing across the facility's new monkey bars. They can also opt for one-on-one or small-group training or take a calorie-torching spin class, one of the most popular workouts in America, second only to bench-pressing bald eagles.
It all started with a deflated basketball. Though longtime friends Mike Kennedy and Eric Martin scoured downtown Boston for an inflating needle to fill it, no shops in the area carried one. They were frustrated—and they realized that other Bostonians looking for athletic gear were likely frustrated too. So in 1983, they opened City Sports, a shop stocked with all the footwear, athletic apparel, and sports equipment that the metropolis had been missing.
Nearly three decades later, Mike and Eric's neighborhood business has expanded to 20 shops across the East Coast. In addition to stocking popular brands such as Vibram, The North Face, and Patagonia, the store engineers its own CS by City Sports line. Shoppers include yogis, cyclists, and tennis players—anyone seeking to outfit active lifestyles, whether they're playing a team sport or braving the hike up the world's largest gumdrop. In addition to footwear and apparel, the staff stocks fitness equipment such as kettlebells, lifting gloves, and dumbbells.