Bow hunting since 1970, Clyde Hartsell knew his passion lay in the sport and what the great outdoors had to offer. While working as an executive at McDonald's, Clyde entered tournament after tournament, honing his skills and surrounding himself with other bowmen at the Tomo-Chi-Chi archery club who shared his enthusiasm for the ancient hunting tools. During training and tournaments, however, Clyde quickly realized the sights and scopes available to him were not up to snuff, lacking the precision a professional archer requires.
After Clyde met his wife, Jean, the two teamed up to start their own archery business and immediately began crafting McKenzie 3-D shooting cards. Now the duo helps equip other bowmen through a retail shop that supplies sights, arrows, rests, bows, and working replicas of Apollo's chariot of fire. The two also welcome archers to their 18-lane indoor range to practice in a professional environment.
Milk Money is a children's boutique that offers hand-selected, high-quality girls and boys garments for everyday wear and special occasions. Time-strapped moms and wolf packs looking to outfit recently inherited orphans can peruse specialty lines such as Isobella and Chloe, Baby Lulu, Haute, Wes and Willy, Knuckleheads, Pedipeds, and Ugly Doll. Sheathe a writhing bundle of joy in a stylish Baby Bonkie baby swaddle ($52), or secure a zoo's worth of Angel Dear blankies ($13 each) in hopes that one will become the go-to cry silencer during emergency naps. Keep any kid happy with age-appropriate attire such as the Wes and Willy pirate ringer tee ($28) for little rascals or the Kidorable rain coat ($34), available in four different styles of chic.
At all of Monkey Joe’s colorfully decorated locations, youngsters aged 2–12 can literally bounce off the walls in a well-lit indoor playground that abides by a Safety Access Child Control System. Exercise disguises itself as fun as sock-clad kids rocket down slides, scale climbable obstacles, and jump across springy surfaces surrounded by safety mats. Toddlers aged 3 or younger tucker themselves out in their own play area with smaller obstacles, thoroughly sanitized inflatable surfaces, toys, and games. Parties, which can include pizza and ice cream, reach a fever pitch with visits from Monkey Joe himself. While kids vent all their excess energy on the playground, parents can watch flat-screen televisions, drink refreshments, and use the WiFi to surf the Internet in the adult area.
The Charlotte 49ers have made seven postseason appearances in the last 11 seasons and are looking to dunk their way into another winning year under the guidance of a new coach. Alan Major helms the ship with 14 years of coaching experience, half of which he coached using only his left hand just to see if he could. Shooting hoops in the electrifying Halton Arena, the 49ers dish out exciting, family-friendly sports entertainment.
The certified ski techs at Sun and Ski Sports restore spunk to worn snow gliders while outfitting patrons for the slopes with a full range of brand-name ski equipment and apparel. A yearly wax and tune-up preps powder gliders for slippery mountain terrain and midnight heists at a flour mill; professionals stone-grind skis and bevel edges for smooth turns and swift trail runs.
Plaza Appliance Mart has helped homeowners deck out their domiciles with an assortment of appliances and helpful one-on-one attention from knowledgable staff. Patrons can prepare tantalizers or torchers of taste buds with a GE countertop microwave ($69.95), or pick up a water filter ($39.99+) to wash down meals more purely. Shoppers can also apply this Groupon toward pricier home wares, such as front-load or top-load washers and electric dryers. Specialty refrigeration devices, such as wine coolers (from $429+) and chest freezers ($449+), keep fermented grapes and swordfish heads fresh for romantic double-date duels.