Players advance up the scenario field, taking cover behind stacks of tires and holding positions in plywood structures painted to look like rundown buildings. This scene is in contrast to the airball field, where the layout of colorful inflatable bunkers encourages a faster pace of play. No matter the field, Paintball Authority’s referees maintain safe and level play, helping out beginners to make sure they feel comfortable. The staff even leads free clinics on Saturday mornings for young players interested in entering organized team play. In addition to open games, the fields regularly host tournaments and private parties, and the adjacent pro shop keeps combatants fortified with gear, such as markers, clothing, and invisibility serum.
Armed with rental equipment, guests on All Star Paintball Arena's 13,500-square foot indoor field recharge their guns at three self-fill stations in between rounds spent ducking behind inflatables to dodge incoming splatter. Designed by avid players, the year-round field—heated in winter and air-conditioned in summer—hosts matches five days a week along with occasional cash tournaments and even a recent episode of TLC's Cake Boss. Along with its main playing area, All Star Paintball Arena houses on-site refreshments and snacks in case paint alone doesn’t suffice as friend-splattering ammo. To boot, a fully staffed pro-shop stocks an ever-growing inventory of brand-name gear.
Veterans of the bowling industry since 1954, the Ayles family ushered in numerous improvements to Shore Lanes Bowling Center when they assumed ownership in 1985. Among the modern amenities, 26 synthetic lanes feature automatic bumpers and scoring computers that track each player's strikes and spares. Concessions and drinks from a snack-and-spirits bar refuel guests between frames, and John's Pro Shop stocks an array of balls, bags, and shoes for bowlers to perfect their game by bribing better bowlers with new balls, bags, or shoes.
With an inventory of gear that runs the gamut from rods and reels to fishing apparel and fish mounts, Tackle U.S. specializes in all things fishing. Whatever their chosen aquatic venue, fishermen can stock up on gear that will increase their odds of reeling in a trophy fish. The shop lines its shelves with products from more than 100 brands, including top industry brands such as Penn, Power Pro, and Shimano.
Despite discovering running at different times in their lives and under different circumstances, Runner’s High's cofounders—Rob DeFilippis, Craig Segal, and Jim Segal—share a passion for the sport that they pour into their booming business. Now with three New Jersey locations, the newest in Freehold, Runner’s High stocks its shelves with performance-enhancing equipment and specialty running shoes by brands such as Brooks, ASICS, and Saucony, as well as accessories and apparel. Each fitting begins with a complimentary foot analysis, wherein staffers ascertain the foot's needs, be it additional arch support or a hearty tickle. Such fittings ensure optimal performance and minimize the risk of injury. In addition to providing athletic accouterments, the neighborhood store fosters a community of runners who share a goal of reaching new heights of fitness and leaving local biking clubs in their dust. Those hoping to improve their performance can look into weekly group runs and training programs for 5Ks, half marathons, or full marathons. The store also sponsors a postcollegiate racing team with individuals of all ages and ability levels who wish to compete at a high level.