Meltdown Snowboard Shop purveys athletic gear and apparel for sports involving boards, skis, and BMX bikes. In the winter, snowboards by brands such as Burton, Forum, and Gnu fill the shop. In the summer, paddleboards by Bic Sport and Jimmy Lewis float into stock, along with longboards by GoldCoast, Dregs, and Lush. Athletic apparel and accessories bolster a wide range of outdoor pursuits, from hiking up tranquil foothills to biking away from overly chatty mountain goats. Men and women’s clothing provides tip-to-toe epidermal coverage, and all-purpose backpacks hold gear safely and conveniently.
In addition to guiding guests through an extensive selection of boots and bindings, the expert staff maintains slope-shredding equipment with meticulous tune-up services. Patrons can drop off beloved skis or snowboards for overnight upkeep sessions at the shop, bidding tearful goodbyes and making sure they packed their night lights.
Opened in 1983, Groundhog Divers has grown into a comprehensive training centre that offers programming and certification through organizations including Scuba Schools International and the National Association of Underwater Instructors. Its classes cater to a full range of skill levels, from introductory experiences that get novices' flippers wet and facilitate basic familiarity with diving equipment to advanced coursework that takes instruction to the open water. Like Kermit the Frog, Groundhog’s sessions inhabit the land, water, and screen via multimedia presentations in its indoor classrooms. The facility also houses a professional equipment-repair centre and proffers gear for sale from brands such as Aqua Lung, Sherwood Scuba, and Akona.
Every premium meal supplied by Onterra Farms' farmers starts with high-quality animal feed. Open-pasture cows dine on grass and corn, cage-free chickens enjoy blended-grain mixtures, and pigs that reside in temperature-controlled barns chow down on all-vegetable diets. From humanely raised and humanely slaughtered livestock, butchers with 30 years of experience select the finest cuts of meat to prepare in perfect portion sizes. They then vacuum-seal each cut in heavy-duty BPA-free packaging. They also guarantee the freshness of their products for up to 15 months after packaging.
The chefs at Courtney's Wholesale Foods blend sugar into warm butter, simmer berries into syrup, and roll thin sheets of dough to craft a selection of miniature desserts for special occasions, weddings, and birthdays. To customize the treats, they drizzle chocolate across the confections and apply lettering to deliver birthday wishes without chiselling them into a bouncy castle. Inside the well-stocked kitchen, gift baskets and trays fill with rum balls, mini muffins, and cupcakes as bakers bustle around wedding cakes with piping bags full of frosting.
Braun’s is Bicycles stocks its three stores with a plethora of bikes and bike-related gear, supplying cyclists with new chains, mountain bikes, and high-quality helmets. But the establishment isn’t just focused on selling merchandise. The 88-year-old business regularly sponsors local charities in the community, from family-friendly carnivals to bike rides to raise funds for neighbors in need.
X-Disc-C festoons its shelves and racks with an abundant selection of vinyl, imported and domestic music, and a diverse assortment of posters and movies. Rest a turntable needle on new vinyl copies of albums by bands such as The Chocolate Watch Band ($19.99), a psychedelic '70s outfit that constructed timepieces out of fudgesicles after disbanding. A two-disc set of remixed tracks from Radiohead's latest record, The King of Limbs ($15.99), gives fans new perspectives, and DVDs such as Jeff Beck: Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott's ($16) showcases one of the songsmith's captivating live sets. An assortment of posters and art prints encapsulate lasting images of movie and rock stars, nature scenes, animation, or portraits of prime ministers with their Fender Stratocasters.