Even though Loving Stitches has greatly increased in size since its 1996 inception, the sewing haven has retained its familial feel thanks to a personable staff. Their knowledge and affable presence help set visitors at ease in the 10,000-square-foot store as they assist in locating high-quality sewing machines by Bernina and Gammill. During sewing and quilting classes, instructors guide students through crafting a purse or embroidering a bedspread with a thank-you letter to the neighborhood sandman.
Scampering through Lazer FX–Lazer Tag's 7,500-square-foot labyrinth, combatants volley photons in exhilarating 20-minute skirmishes. Laser soldiers don luminescent vests and DayGlo bowties before entering the arena, where a mix of 30-odd friends and foes dodge blasts while darting from refuge to refuge. For groups of four, the battle extends out of the arena and onto the 8,000-square-foot arcade floor. Here, more than 120 games—including pool tables, skee-ball lanes, driving simulators, and air hockey—promote hand-eye coordination more effectively than soccer.
For more than 100 years, Red Wing Shoes has shod workers’ feet with purpose-built, lasting footwear ideal for toiling on the job or around the home. Industrial work boots are crafted to resist gas, chemicals, and banana peels, including styles such as the 2240 men’s 6-inch boots built to protect feet from water and electric hazards ($159.99). Their lineup of classic oxfords, including the full-grain black-leather 6337 oxfords ($114.99), are triple-stitched with wax thread and sent to England for finishing school.
Twin shops sharing a rooftop, The Trophy House and Clark Sporting Goods specialize in high-quality plaques and trophies, sporting goods, and embroidered and screen-printed apparel. Emblazon your favorite Walt Whitman poem or team mascot on high-quality hats and shirts, or opt for one of the premade designs. Once bedecked in newly personalized duds, peruse the offerings of football, basketball, and baseball equipment available. Luminaries such as Bob Hope, John Wayne, and Colin Powell own awards bearing The Trophy House's detailed engraving, which prides itself on a tradition of military use.
With 18,000 square feet of climbing surface, more than 40,000 climbing holds, and 60 top ropes, the family-friendly facility at The Climbing Place welcomes ascending neophytes and experienced vertical voyagers. Hone skills and have fun while confronting the gravitational constant of the universe in a grueling showdown—the experienced staff sets the routes according to USCCA certifications. The Climbing Place's indoor space incorporates a diversity of grades, classic feeling moves, and challenges for different skill levels. Following a 20-minute belay class that covers techniques needed for safe scaling, newly appointed adventurers can hit the walls for a full day of rock climbing, and experienced climbers can cavort and gambol atop the challenging ascents. Your Groupon includes all the necessary rock-climbing gear, including a harness, a belay, and an epic soundtrack that crescendos as you reach the top.