Though they operate more than 200 locations in upwards of 30 states, the team behind U.S. Baseball Academy aims to make each young athlete's experience a personal one. Their four- or six-week camps are taught by local instructors who are current or former coaches at the high school or college level, and typically offer a 6:1 or better player-to-teacher ratio for intense, professional-style training. The Academy's proven itinerary of hitting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning drills was developed by an advisory board of college coaches and Major League players, including Cy Young Award?winner and ace pitcher Brandon Webb.
Seven-time winner of the South Bend Tribune’s Readers’ Choice Award, Mattress Warehouse stocks more than 1,000 name-brand mattresses, offering an array of innerspring, memory-foam, latex, and adjustable beds from manufacturers such as Serta, International Bedding, Sleep Logic, and Scandinavian. Sheep-counting customers can dive into recurring barnyard dreams resting atop twin mattress sets (starting at $199), Queen Memory Foam pillowtop sets (starting at $599), and Serta Perfect Day queen sets (starting at $1,499).
Michiana Furniture Gallery's visitors saunter around a 20,000-square-foot showroom while feasting their eyes on a variety of home accouterments by brands such as Craftmaster, Basset, Serta, Ashley, and Lane. Sit down, kick back, or sprawl out on a collection of Ashley recliners ($259+) and sofas ($599+), relax on a queen mattress memory foam set ($480), or cover up secret passageways from the kitchen to the ice-cream parlor with a soft area rug ($99+). In addition, Michiana offers a variety of new artwork and domicile accessories arrive monthly, and accommodating staff is on hand to offer interior-design advice and suggestions.
Hart City Scuba’s team of dive masters and instructors turn mere waders into full-blown explorers of the aquatic world. They achieve that through group and private scuba programs such as open water diver, rescue diver, and conversational mermaid. In addition, they can mend any dive gear gone awry and fill tanks with fresh O2.
Barbecue lover Michael Kauffman puts his Tennessee roots on display in the newly opened HillBilly Deluxe BarBeQue, serving up a menu packed with southern-infused fare and monsoons of sauce. Starters such as fried green tomatoes ($5.95) and deep-fried zucchini ($5.95) rev up dormant digestion engines for dinners of ribs ($13.95 for a half slab) or rib tips ($8.50), both of which arrive at tables with corn on the cob and corn bread. A bratwurst basket ($5.50) comes with two sides, such as hillbilly baked beans or hillbilly potato salad, and strings of warm pulled pork ($5.50) serve as the perfect building materials for aromatic welcome wreaths. HillBilly Deluxe BarBeQue’s dedicated, friendly staff welcomes all levels of barbecue warriors, including perpetually sauce-covered veterans in need of fresh bottles to bathe in.
Backyards' locally made gifts and décor items enliven exterior and interior spaces, with many recyclable and green pieces such as woodenwares harvested from sustainable forests. Assorted merchandise displays an eclectic mix of modern and retro styles as it mingles on the showroom floor, with birdhouses ($19.99), freezable wine-bottle coolers ($9.99), and eco-friendly throw rugs made from candy-bar wrappers ($29.99) sharing style tips and ideas for transforming a gazebo into an avian nightclub. Outdoor furniture, including Napa fire pots ($15.99) and metal retro-style chairs ($69.99), populates backyards and patios, and miniature gardening accessories such as small-scale benches and chairs ($4–$7) bring mini gardens to life so that ambitious chihuahuas have something to guard.