After setting its wheels to the pavement in the early 1930s, South Side Cyclery today operates three stores in the St. Louis area that cater to cycling enthusiasts, with two-wheeled steeds, tools, and accessories by brands such as Giant, Specialized, and Schwinn. The ride-wise staff at each location guides riders to new mountain, road, or children’s bikes suited to any size, skill level, or fear of unicyclists. Visitors peruse more than 800 bikes in stock, enjoying free on-site assembly before wheeling their new toy off the lot. New rides include complimentary adjustments for one year, whereas all services—including tune-ups, flat-tire fixes, and chest bumps on the way out the door—also carry a 90-day warranty.
Claiming consistent five-star satisfaction ratings, the pigment professionals at Ultimate Paintball keep air-powered mercenaries supplied with the implements of civilized combat. Arms-needy gladiators can acquire a Spyder Victor paintball gun, a marker whose aluminum body, high-impact trigger frame and tool-free striker-plug design requires only minimal maintenance and subdued displays of affection for all-day blasting ($57.95). For face protection, a JT Radar Elite Goggles paintball mask ($25.95) encases heads in a low-profile, fog-resistant façade. Ammo replenishments include a 2,000-count box of Empire Diablo Formula 13 paintball rounds ($54.95) or the baseball-shaped Tippman Atomic Big Boy paintball grenade, which bespatters foes in 10 ounces of blue paint that smells of distilled sky ($5.95).
Nestled in the majestic rolling hills of Ste. Genevieve County, Cave Vineyard spans 14 fertile acres of prime grape-growing property and an on-property natural cave. This serene subterranean den—outfitted with electric lights, cozy tables, and wine casks—envelops famished blanket brandishers in a unique saltpeter picnic area. Each basket is loaded with an elegant spread of bread or crackers ($3), cheese ($5), olives ($5), and two decadent chocolate truffles ($5). Starting in May, stalagmites drip with quarter notes from cave-dwelling live music every Saturday. Guests are welcome to enjoy their picnics indoor in the event of a rainstorm or grape-juice tidal wave.
Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
Take a peek into Chef's Stop's culinary cache to find an abundance of gourmet gadgets, gizmos, and goodies that better equip your kitchen for impromptu feasts in the king's honor. Chef-quality cookware and bakeware line the aisles in heavy-duty sparkle, casting illumination on top countertop performers from Cuisinart and Waring. Perk up your at-home percolation style with a new Capresso four-cup espresso machine ($59), or sharpen your sense of savvy by using this Groupon toward a classic eight-piece set of high-end knives from Wusthof ($349.99). Using super-sharp cutting tools not only makes food prep easier and safer, it may also cause even your most frigid iceberg lettuce to warm up and stop withholding its gestures of affection.
So established is Circle K that even brand-new vehicles recognize what its red-and-white logo stands for?fuel, snacks, and everything else a car might need to keep powering down the road with its driver. Circle K's story starts back in 1951, when Fred Hervey bought three Kay's Food Stores in El Paso, Texas. Under his guidance, these three little shops grew into the more than 3,000 convenience stores that crouch on our nation's street corners today.
After rolling up to a Circle K, drivers can pump their faithful roadsters full of high-octane fuel and send them skipping through a car wash to experience the cleansing touch of Blue Coral Beyond Green and Rain-X products. Then it's time to step inside the air-conditioned shop for a peek at the provisions. Rows of sodas hibernate behind glass doors, and snacks, candy, and their ATM guardians stand boldly out in the open. Some Circle Ks also offer the Take Away Fresh Caf?, which presents an appetizing lineup of healthy road fare including sandwiches, fruit cups, and fresh-cut vegetables. Drivers can gear up for a long drive with premium coffees or enjoy a cold Polar Pop, whose specially formulated cup keeps drinks colder thanks to the family of tiny snowmen trapped in its foam walls.