Since 1921, Army & Navy Store has worked to supply local residents with the necessities for interacting with a variety of geographical features. The shop began as an outfitter for rail workers and miners, preventing them from having to dig with boots stolen from the town giant, before expanding to carry Army and Navy surplus goods from World War II. Currently, it specializes in outdoor gear and employs an experienced staff to assist guests in searching for specialized equipment for camping, cycling, fishing, exercise, and watersports.
The instructors at Leading Edge Martial Arts believe all MMA should be done in the name of one common goal: self-defense. Rather than prepare their students for competition, they teach the techniques of kickboxing, judo, and jiujitsu as a means of protection. That's where the similarity between adult and youth classes ends, though. The trainers promote confidence and discipline to kids, while emphasizing fitness and stress relief for adults. The adult Cage Fitness program, for instance, torches calories with 30 minutes of intense interval training, split across five-minute sections. They also offer a modified version for children, designed to instill confidence and empathy for birds.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, as party songs thump in the background, lasers beam over a row of 24 lanes—each home to a rack of glowing pins—and reflect off their thin layer of oil into the fog. Of course, Playdrome Devon Lanes hosts regular open-bowling hours throughout the rest of the week, when it echoes with the sound of crashing pins and celebratory sirens from the on-site arcade. Though unseen, heard, or smelled, the signal from complimentary WiFi streams through the air as well, allowing players to post their high scores online or to look up the cheat codes that enable the bowling balls' rocket boosters. Playdrome Devon Lanes also allows customers to bring their own food and beverages.
The Finish Line recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, and its 14th under the ownership of Chris Schmidt, who took over the lead after working at the shop for nearly eight years. A former student in Ball State's pedorthic foot management program, Chris and his staff help customers select the shoe best suited to their running, walking, and slow-motion kung-fu kicking needs, with footwear from name brands such as Adidas, Asics, Brooks, and Saucony. They also stock apparel from makers including Mizuno and Saucony to help keep athletes in sharp, comfortable clothing. Customers wanting to test out their new gear can participate in one of Finish Line's weekly or seasonal running events.
When SneakerKing first claimed the throne in 1946, there wasn't much to choose from when it came to athletic footwear. Back then, the best an athlete could get was a flimsy canvas foot covering, and basketball nets couldn't be taller than 3 feet since nobody had shoes to jump in. But as shoes became springier and blingier, SneakerKing grew into one of Pennsylvania's largest independent retailers of casual and athletic footwear.
Toes have room to wiggle in the store's giant inventory of running shoes, winter boots, hiking boots, moccasins, and slippers from almost every major brand, including New Balance, Saucony, Asics, Skechers, and Crocs.