Bicycle One's staff maintains bicycles, preserving their roadworthiness with expert tune-ups, and stocks the shop's shelves with a cornucopia of cycling gear. Cycling sages adjust brakes and gears before truing wheels to prevent bicycles from veering off-trail into sasquatch dens. The service concludes as adept hands lubricate the velocipede's cables and drivetrain and tighten all other bike-bound components.
Katie Irwin-Henry has been an Irish dancer since she was five. She studied with John Timm, who retired after winning the title of Senior Men's World Champion—the highest level in the world of Irish dancing. Katie went on to compete at regional, national, and world championship levels before landing a gig with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Katie traveled with the cast throughout the U.S., as well as Australia, Canada, and Mexico. Later in her career, Katie toured with the Trinity Irish Dance Company throughout Japan and Costa Rica. Now retired from the stage, this T.C.R.G.-certified instructor shares her knowledge and experience with her students.
Though anchored in Columbus, the staff of Captain Rick's Diving Adventures often has Florida in their sights. Captain Rick and crew head to the Sunshine State from time to time for dives in the waters there, and they aim to produce a casual Key West environment in their facility and training. Inside the facility, Captain Rick's opens up subaquatic worlds to students through a number of different classes and programs. The facility offers certification courses, Discover Scuba courses, and even specialty skills courses, such as for underwater photography or search and recovery.
From its upstairs perch in the club house, Vito’s patio offers a panoramic view of the course’s 18th green so that you can witness impressive birdies and amusing putter-flinging meltdowns while sampling the Old Country–influenced menu. Tee off with appetizers such as the three-onion dip ($6.59), calamari parma ($7.99), and zucchini frito ($6.99), or munch one of 11 pre-determined, gourmet, Sicilian pizza pies. “Sangwiches” include the meataballa ($7.59) and grande hot Sicilian ($8.99), while paninis include chicken gorgonzola ($7.99) and roasted turkey ($7.99). For heartier fare, twirl a fork into pastas such as the blackened salmon with angel hair ($14.99) and penne al forno ($7.99, large $11.99), or drive one down the fairway with a house specialty such as the steak Vito ($12.99) or grilled salmon putanesca ($13.99).
Baseballs and softballs pinging off bat barrels or popping into the webs of leather gloves echo across the training facilities at New Albany Baseball Academy, where aspiring sandlot stars flock to improve all aspects of their game. Using the same drills and techniques of Major League stars, the academy helps players of all ages and abilities improve their swing, perfect their throwing motion, and field grounders and fly balls with confidence. The academy also encompasses fitness facilities and training programs that focus on improving players' strength, speed, and agility.
PGA professional Chad Evans couples his expertise as a master club-fitting technician with technology from the TaylorMade Performance Labs at New Albany Country Club to analyze golfers’ swings with digital precision. Previously only available to professional golfers and eccentric billionaires, one-on-one sessions with Chad help to diagnose swing mechanics and outfit golfers with the appropriate club fittings. While players practice swings and birdie-hunting techniques in the laboratory, a course simulator with ball-flight and ball-tracking technology captures swing patterns, ball-flight logistics, and information regarding slices, hooks, and chunks. As links lovers swing away, Chad observes them closely to determine the ideal shaft, head, and grip combination for each player.