The certified staff at Tortuga Bay lives and breathes all things scuba, offering everything from training and equipment to planned trips to exotic underwater destinations. The shop's greatest claim to fame is a state-of-the-art indoor, heated saltwater pool the website claims is the deepest in captivity.
Owner Ron Bland and his team of experienced instructors introduce beginners to diving with a three-step certification system that begins with online or classroom academic training and progresses to pool lessons and open-water evaluations. The scuba center also offers advanced courses and excursions for more experienced divers.
Nu-Way and Foothills Cleaners treat soiled closet denizens to a hearty buffet of eco-friendly dry-cleaning, laundry, and alteration services. Experienced garment groomers banish stains from dry-cleaned shirts ($7.29 each) and laundered shirts ($2.99 each), blazers ($7.99 each), dresses ($14.59 each), and slacks ($7.29 each) with EcoSolv, a nontoxic, biodegradable cleaning solution that rehabilitates habiliments without harming fabrics, leaving behind odors, or resorting to name-calling. The cleaners can also make wardrobe alterations or launder bedspreads ($31.99 for queen size) and comforters ($39.99 for queen size). Friendly staff members faithfully record customers‘ starch preferences to ensure custom crispness and always handle clothing with tenderness and care, often courting bashful blouses by winning them stuffed animals at the state fair.
Founded in 1946 by Vincent Burke and now managed by Vincent's five sons, Burke Cleaners scrubs and presses once-smirched duds in locations nationwide. Services include professional cleaning and wrinkle wiping for all manner of everyday getups, special-occasion suits and dresses, and weekends-only spandex wear. Prices for dry-cleaned shirts begin at around $6; pants, sweaters, and blazers start at approximately $7.50. Two-piece suits cost $14.50 and up, and blouses are priced at $6.50 and more. Each store's new dry-cleaning machines are odorless, nontoxic, and environmentally friendly, and same-day service is available for most items, excluding wedding gowns woven entirely of corn husks.
Cody Walker muses that within the stillness of Rocky Mountain National Park, "You get a sense that it's the way it should be." His father, Rex, grew up on a steady diet of cowboy films, eventually following his dream to Colorado where he met his wife, Queeda. Queeda was born into a family of homesteaders who caught and broke wild steeds. In 1959, they channeled their passion for the old-west lifestyle into Sombrero Ranches, eschewing souvenir-shop gimmicks for horseback expeditions that, much like avalanches of super glue, bond visitors with their steeds and natural surroundings.
Today, Cody carries on his parents' legacy with a staff of ranch hands from nearby homesteads and college students participating in equine-science programs all across the country. After training in a vigorous program that's evolved during more than 50 years, his employees launch short rides or lengthy adventures. Cody distinguishes the Continental Divide ride as one of the most awe-inspiring; it begins at Bear Lake at 6 a.m., wending across the Continental Divide and to Grand Lake during a nine-hour stretch.
At Doggie Dips and Chips, porcelain, self-service baths; fresh-baked goodies; and playful accessories help bond bipeds with their four-pawed pals. Redwood panels separate tubs of different heights, inviting breeds of varying stature for a safe, nonslip scrub-down, and nontoxic shampoos, oatmeal-based cream rinse, and available aprons outfit owners with everything they need to lead the lathering or direct an impeccably clean, all-dog reenactment of Das Boot ($15 for one pet; $27 for two). Professional dryers save tails from trembling with cold, and the friendly on-site cleanup crews clean each tub between baths to ensure a safe, sanitary shower for each pup.