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.
Kohler City Hardware helps homeowners to repair, sharpen, renew, and stock their home with a plethora of essential supplies. In the spirit of winter, guests can swing through the shop to pick up bags of de-icing salt ($6.99) or toboggan sleds ($12.99). Skilled service people stand at the ready, performing all manner of tasks, from replicating keys ($1.79) to refilling propane tanks ($12.99/20 lb. tank) to estimating how many rocket scientists customers should hire to screw in a single light bulb.
Since swinging open its doors in 1965, Rock Roll-O-Rena has provided a safe hub for lacing up and rolling around or simply kicking back with friends and family. Second-generation owners Glen and Jo Donna Neifert keep the facility in top shape, sending skaters gliding across the hard maple floor as speakers shell out top 40 tunes.
Off the rink, bleacher seating, a fully stocked concession stand, and arcade games divert attention from unhip physicists lecturing skaters on centripetal force, and air conditioning maintains a cooler atmosphere during the summer months. Dedicated to keeping the community strong, Rock Roll-O-Rena also offers a strong incentive for youngsters to keep up their grades, trading a discount pass for each A on a report card not earned by staining it with alphabet soup.
At the Arnold location of Once Upon A Child, parents and their offspring can explore racks and shelves full of gently used brand-name clothing, footwear, toys, and costumes. Collect fashionable apparel for kids and infants ($1.50–$12) from brands such as Gymboree and Columbia or grab a pair of boots to prepare tiny feet to trudge through snow or the waist-deep birthday cakes that occasionally fall onto the Midwest. Toys range from outdoor playhouses to indoor kitchen sets, frequently featuring brands from Fisher Price, Playskool, and Disney. A selection of seasonal Halloween costumes is currently available for those who don't celebrate Halloween year-round.
The archery range residing in the basement of N&M Sporting Goods provides budding bowmen with a safe and fun environment in which to nock their arrows. The range stretches to 20 yards and features drawings of deer, hogs, and piles of unwashed dishes lurking amongst branches and foliage, lending the space an outdoorsy feel. The targets can be moved as requested, and novice archers can move in a step to the 19-, 18-, or 10-yard lines.
Both a firearm emporium and shooting range, Sovereign Arms seeks to inform and instruct its clientele on the benefits of safe firearm use with classes ranging from personal safety to church-security training. The staff also offers private security services in scenarios such as international travel.