The Swim School of Joplin provides certification-level scuba lessons, diving vacations, and rental gear to help students to gain their underwater legs. Originally founded in Memphis in 1961, The Swim School of Joplin has since expanded aquatic operations to four states in the South and Midwest and runs scuba programs at both the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis. Instructional programs include everything from introductory swimming and snorkeling lessons to specialty courses in night diving, search-and-rescue diving, and diving while learning to play the guitar.
Ridge Runner Sports trains its staff of harriers in assessing fellow runners' needs, ensuring precise pairings of quality running shoes, apparel, and accessories. Based on an analysis of their foot structure, gait, and ability to play recorder with their toes, customers slip into shoes designed for normal, flat, or high arches. Pairs of Mizuno Inspire ($99) and Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove ($124) shoes stabilize and cushion feet and maintain a dashing, only mildly intimidating look. A variety of inserts slide into any shoe, enhancing arch support for aggrieved tootsies. Boasting brands such as Feetures technical running socks ($24.95), Ridge Runner Sports stocks its sock wall with a cornucopia of styles that keep feet dry, compressed, and free of blisters. FuelBelt two-bottle hydration belts ($42.95) strap duos of canteens to sprinter hips, and purified aqua accompanies joggers with CamelBak Groove portable filtration systems ($24.95).
Superior Rents' owners, Dan and Steve Wohnoutka, trace the genesis of their business back to their own childhoods spent on a modestly equipped farm. With an appreciation for how proper tools and equipment can make projects run smoother, they decided to stock three locations with plumbing, construction, and lawn-care equipment for homeowners and contractors to rent on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Their online catalog hosts a roster of rental equipment, from power drills for household projects to forklifts for hanging Do Not Disturb signs on asteroids. Customers can arrange for equipment to be delivered to their work site or drop by one of three locations—including a newly opened site in Springfield—to pick up gear.
Described by Kansas City Golf Tournament & Travel Magazine as "Ozark Mountain golf at its finest," LedgeStone Country Club’s course boasts a satisfying combination of both picturesque scenery and challenging design. The course’s "front and back nines flow seamlessly," and welcome guests during peak golfing season and even during traditional golfer hibernation months, either on the greens or inside the 27,000-square-foot clubhouse. There, visitors will find a pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant.
As mobile on water as they are on land, the vehicles known as Ducks give passengers a unique sightseeing experience. Branson's fleet of Ducks disembarks from the Entertainment District, and proves its all terrain capabilities by scaling Baird Mountain on a terrestrial tour that passes Table Rock Dam and a herd of historic American military vehicles and splashes down in Table Rock Lake. Once the Ducks make it to the water, adults and kids alike can really get a feel of amphibian freedom as the captain gives them the option of taking the wheel for themselves.