In the distance, the thump of discharged weapons can be heard. Spires of a castle loom over the tree tops, and as the platoon approaches, a hail of fire fells three of them. As those hit trudge off the field and wipe the paint from their goggles, the rest of their team makes a hasty retreat only to assault the position from a different angle. These tense moments occur daily at Three Rivers Paintball. More than 70 acres of wooded battlefield sports crashed airplanes, broken down tanks, and large-scale fortresses. The staff also hosts airsoft battles, with scenarios reenacting battles from history such as World War II or Napoleon's thumb wars. A full-service pro shop carries traditional paintball equipment needed to wage nonlethal war.
G&G Fitness caters to both bodybuilding buffs and amateurs wishing to enhance their earthly edifices at home with a range of premium equipment, including such notable brands as Life Fitness, Octane Fitness, and Precor. As trained physique formers, G&G's friendly staff members easily hunt and lasso the ideal muscle-molding or heart-strengthening apparatus for each individual customer's specific needs. Avoid outdoor biking's headaches of potholes and projectile burritos by staying indoors on an immobile Vision Fitness E1500 ($499), an upright exercise bike that offers a comfort arc seat, contact heart-rate sensors, and easy-to-adjust pedal straps. Elliptical machines ($799+) and treadmills ($1,495+), offer great ways to calibrate cardiovascular chronometers any time of the day or night. For muscle-sculpting, home-gym systems (starting at $1,299)—which combine benches, pulley systems, and weight stacks in one space-saving package—give exercisers a way to bolster biceps and strengthen solar plexuses without having to traverse crowded gym floors.
While vacationing in Ocean City, Maryland, the future founders of The Board discovered standup paddleboarding. Inspired by this easy means of exploring watery avenues, they took the idea and ran with it, setting up shop in the inland town of Beaver Falls in 2010. It was there that they sculpted and sanded their own brand of wooden paddleboards and made them available for buyers and renters. They also stock epoxy and inflatable boards that customers can use to skim western Pennsylvania's flat-water rivers or paddle the Great Lakes. Customers can also procure wakeboards, kneeboards, and kayaks to propel themselves down waterways or Paul Bunyan-sized bathtubs. In addition, on-land travelers can ogle new and used skateboards, which dangle from the shop walls and a variety of wheels and hardware filling its display cases.
Balls of homemade dough fly in the air as Posti's Pizza’s chefs spin them into original, New York-style, and Sicilian crusts. Afterward, they slather house-made sauce onto the discs and adorn each one with such bites as bacon, broccoli, steak, and sweet peppers. The pizza dough also serves as the base of wedge sandwiches such as the Big Dawg, an agglomeration of capicola, provolone, fries, buffalo wing sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and creamy Italian dressing. The chefs’ creative ventures continue into the menu’s salad selection, where they serve a mix of veggies and meats such as banana peppers and chicken tenders in a regular bowl, bread bowl, or a bowl carved from a large crouton.
As a franchise of the well-known Valero fuel company, Zelienople Valero Gas Station, Convenience Store, & Car Wash tends to cars and customers with professional service and a triple threat of filling station, car wash, and convenience store. Patrons fill up their vehicles from a liquid buffet of regular, plus, and premium gas or on- and off-road diesel, and quell the mewling, auto-tuned hunger pangs of grill tanks and motor homes at the propane filling station. At the car wash, automated passes of Ryko Soft Touch brushes and sheets of cleansing foam polish car undercarriages and exteriors, and a feast of breakfast tornadoes, pizza, pepperoni rolls, soft pretzels, and soft-serve ice cream awaits famished travelers in the store.