Guns and Leather is as much an artists' studio as a shooting range. As onsite gunsmith for more than 30 years, Jeff Walle spends his days restoring and customizing firearms, sometimes machining a part for an antique rifle or working on an engraving.
Walle's respect for the tradition and history of firearms characterizes Guns and Leather, started by the Williams family as a humble 800-square-foot shop in 1999. By 2004, the Williams nearly tripled the size of their operation, moving to a 2,100-square-foot facility in Greenbrier. Today, they oversee a 75-foot indoor range split into five standard lanes with electric target retrieval and five computerized lanes with a Mancom system that can make targets pivot and moonwalk. They also supervise a 35-foot, 15-lane range in Hendersonville, which, like its predecessor, is outfitted with climate-control and air-filtration systems. Beyond supervising the ranges, the Williams also oversee a team of state licensed, NRA-compliant instructors that runs the Guns and Leather Shooting Academy, an instructional suite with courses tailored for everyone from everyday citizens to military personnel. To further demonstrate their commitment to responsible firearms practices, the Williams also coordinate a Junior Shooting Sports Program.
A bicycle store is not the first place one would expect to find a diaper-changing station. Luckily, Eastside Cycles' claim of catering to families isn't just lip service— youngster-toting customers can take care of the wardrobe requirements of their charges or borrow a toy from the shop's stash of playthings as they browse a rotating selection of handpicked rides from Cannondale, Kona, and Surly. Mechanics unleash a jangling chorus of tools as they repair and fine-tune bikes while owners pass the time browsing free WiFi and TV. The staff also leads groups of riders out into the sunshine on weekend mornings, revealing new routes and fresh air that hasn't been sitting in a park ranger's pockets.
Sky High Sports emancipates kids and adults from the laws of gravity with each jump, twist, or backflip their trampolines aid. The yellow-and-blue play space features a spring-loaded frame that provides more give to jumpers, with all frames and springs covered by 2-inch-thick safety pads. To take full advantage of its unique space, Sky High hosts springy and elevated games of dodge ball as well as Airobics, a low-impact, fat-burning workout class that helps improve balance and coordination. Pintsize gymnasts can take refuge in a specially designed kid zone and romp around in the foam pit while they brainstorm nicknames for their pro-wrestling career. The expansive 45,000-square-foot center also offers private rooms for birthday parties.
The rustle of feet swiftly move over grass as quick successions of pops echo off the sides of gutted vans and cars. Over the splatter of shots fired, orders are yelled out as teams communicate strategy. These sounds are music to the ears of all players that patrol the hallowed grounds of Nashville Paintball. The five fields present visitors with obstacles such as inflatable Xs, large industrial piping, and old cars targeted by paintballs of games past. While Nashville Paintball's fields received an expert's touch when designed, they cater to players of all levels, even offering games arranged specifically for beginners. Keeping the sport even more accessible, they rent paintball markers and gear and don't check for abstract art degrees at the door.
Upon walking into Beauty Escentuals, clients find themselves surrounded by more than 20 different haircare brands—from Paul Mitchell to Pureology to Moroccanoil. The same products that neatly line the retail shelves also star in salon services, where stylists craft chic dos or use accent foils to highlight cheekbones and pupil-less eyes. But hair isn't the only focus at the salon. Clients are also pampered with waxing and threading services as well as presented with a collection of OPI polishes, handbags, and BaByliss styling tools.
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