At the helm of CrossFit Lawrence is owner Thomas Thatcher. Certified in everything from CrossFit to USA Weightlifting and CPR, he also relies on his experience as a black belt to lead CrossFit classes that are equally eclectic. During those classes, Thatcher and his team of certified instructors guide participants through daily workouts that incorporate varied, functional movements. They get participants flipping giant tractor tires, lifting weights, and throwing medicine balls, all of which use everyday movements and work every muscle group. Their encouraging shouts rattle the walls of the brand-new 6,000-square-foot facility, which brims with a massive bouldering wall and $30,000 worth of CrossFit gear.
Judging from their natural ability to make small talk while cutting or coloring hair with precision, one might guess that The Beauty Bar’s hairstylists were actual bartenders in their former lives. That hypothesis is supported by the fact that guests are treated to complimentary mocktails upon arriving at the 2,100-square-foot salon. When they aren’t pouring shots of nourishing lotion and shampoo, the staff wax away unwanted body and facial hair, host spa parties, and prep brides-to-be for trips down the aisle. The salon’s nail technicians offer a full slate of natural nail treatments headlined by their signature ice-cream pedicure—a treat that includes a ME! Bath strawberry-ice-cream footbath, a marshmallow foot mask, and a maraschino cherry affixed to each toe.
When Lori Shannon first announced her intent to run a marathon, people responded with more than a hint of incredulity. Lori had no experience and, at 5’3” and a size 16, she didn’t cut the form of a typical distance runner. Even so, she set to work and completed the 1993 New York City Marathon, proving to herself that with the proper training and dedication, she need not live life as a spectator. Since crossing that first finish line, Lori has never looked back; she has since run multiple marathons, competed in triathlons, and ridden her bike cross-country.
Seven years later, Lori founded See Jane Run in San Francisco, hoping to empower women to test their limitations and bolster their own fitness and self-confidence. The female-operated fitness company has since grown to encompass four West Coast locations that sell women’s running gear, including shoes, sports bras, and aerodynamic shower caps. At its four retail locations, like-minded runners come together with free weekly run clubs, giving them a group setting in which to train to meet their own individual goals or prepare for one of See Jane Run’s half marathons or 5Ks.
For more than 60 years, Zeke's Paint & Design Centers have been outfitting do-it-yourselfers with the paints and tools they need to give their homes chromatic makeovers. Zeke's preferred brand of paint, Benjamin Moore, can be mixed to perfectly match the preexisting colors on walls or breathe new life into boring pieces of Renaissance artwork. The store's commitment to professional-grade products doesn't stop at paint; finely bristled brushes, rollers, and supplies from brands such as Purdy and Corona ensure even coats and minimize the need for later touchups. Resident experts share helpful tips for do-it-yourself projects and can even point visitors in the direction of trusted professionals for more complex jobs, such as re-creating The Creation of Adam on the ceiling of a dog's house.
Opened in 1989, Drop Zone Paintball Park's six fields sprawl over 89 acres of land, which play host to combat during sun or rain showers. In one field, a castle scenario corrals players into elevated turrets to defend against opponents who fire from surrounding towers across a makeshift moat. Elsewhere, trees lining ravines offer safe cover so shooters can take careful aim at their foes or draw their sweetheart's initials upon the trunks. Along with space for paintball and tournament-style speedball, the park's designers designated a special zone near the castle field where nonplayers can watch the action from a safe distance.
My Best Friend's Closet and its sister stores—Wear House and More and Wear House Exchange—curate a sprawling stash of gently used, modern apparel for men, women, and children. At each shop, a style-savvy staff strives to keep its showrooms brimming with designer apparel that's within 2 years of current fashion trends, working to maintain a contemporary selection free of outdated looks and time-traveling bell bottoms. The team adds hundreds of items to its inventory every day, and can help shoppers further complete ensembles with a fleet of accessories such as shoes, jewelry, and purses.
Each autumn, the Renyer family opens their farm to fun-seeking guests, who traipse through 17 autumn-themed activities. Tyke speedsters mount John Deere tricycles to careen around a dirt track before losing themselves in a 40-foot underground tube slide. Explore the natural world at the animal-viewing-and-feeding center, where goats bleat decrees to wide-eyed children. In the cool air, patrons cheer on the speediest oinkers at the pig races or wander through a corn maze as confounding as a scarecrow's fashion choices. For an additional cost, visitors can feast upon pulled pork sandwiches, curly fries, hot dogs, and funnel cakes at the farm's café. Though not included in this Groupon, families can also select future jack-o'-lanterns through séance at the pumpkin patch or participate in events such as the corn cannon ($1 for two ears), duck races ($1.50/duck), and pumpkin slingshot ($1 for four pumpkins).