On any given weekend at BattleCat Sports, there can be a robbery, hostage rescue, bomb defusing, or VIP escort in progress. The BattleCat staff specialize in these adrenaline-pumping scenarios as well as team eliminations and last-man-standing games inside the 10,000-square-foot facility, which was designed by military and law-enforcement members as well as airsoft enthusiasts to create a challenging experience. Players grab specially outfitted rifles that shoot BBs in a game that is similar to paintball but without the mess. And to ensure that everyone aged 10 and up can enjoy their time in the arena, the staff enforces rules and provides safety briefings to all participants.
Youngsters who have outgrown their gear and adults picking up a new sport can outfit themselves with selections from Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting-goods resale franchise in North America. In its stores, brand-name equipment—from popular makers such as Adidas, Nike, and Wilson—shines in displays alongside gently used wares. This gear helps equip competitive athletes playing sports such as soccer and golf as well as noncompetitive sportspeople who just want to fill golf carts with soccer balls for fun. Patrons can also trade in or sell their equipment, provided that it is still in working condition, and put that money toward new gear.
Bobby and Alice Caston—he a homeopath and she a cosmetologist—have spent 20 years turning All Natural Health & Beauty Center into a haven for organic foods, natural supplements, and environmentally friendly body products. Freshen up underarms with a Kiss My Face patchouli deodorant stick ($5.99), a blend of odor-fighting liquefied crystal stones that was never tested on animals and never cheated off animals on its tests. Mouths rejoice at the touch of Crazy Rumors juicy lip balm, available in lemon and gumball scents ($3.49). The BioKleen all-purpose cleaner allows eco-conscious houses to look their best ($8.29), and Zuke's Mini Bakes Turkey 'n' Taterz dog treats can be used to reward pups for sorting the recycling ($5.89). Atkins Nutritionals Day Break bars brighten afternoons with bursts of energy packed into flavor slabs in varieties such as cranberry almond and cinnamon bun ($7.69+/five-pack box). Targeted at overstimulated kids, the Abra Therapeutics Aromasaurus Rex calming aromatherapy bath ($12.99) turns tub time into a soothing, scented bit of respite.
Carolina Springs Golf Club follows a 6,803-yard path of tree-lined fairways and greens stationed around an array of water hazards to form an 18-hole, par 72 course. Course architect Russell Breeden incorporated eight ponds into the layout, which come into play on nine holes. At the par-four 12th hole—the course's hardest-rated hole—a pear-shaped pond hugs the inside of the fairway as it bends sharply to the right, adding an element of risk for players who try to cut the corner with their tee shot, though doing so will give them a much better look at a bashful green that hides behind three sand traps and trust issues.
Golfers can prepare for rounds at Carolina Springs' driving range and chipping and putting areas. After rounds, guests can unwind at the Bar and Grill, where a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and salads replenishes weary muscles and malnourished golf carts.
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The array of apparel and accessories at TJ’z Findz defies any classification other than "on trend." Within its walls, shoppers will find neatly folded rows of LA Idol jeans. They’re right alongside studded purses, dresses with crocheted tops and flowing skirts, and owl pendants encrusted with jewels. Gifts such as cuddly, colorful stuffed animals and perfume are also collected by TJ’z discerning eye.