Iceland Ice Skating Rink welcomed local skaters and hockey players for 70 years, until an arsonist’s match burned the facility to the ground in 2010. But, thanks to a committed community effort, volunteers got the facility back in operation in less than a year, clearing 1,000 cubic yards of debris, polishing and lacing 400 pairs of skates, and refreezing the rink’s icy surface. Today, the rink's instructors give back to the community that embraced them in their time of need, grooming aspiring figure skaters and teaching young hockey players to body-check dangerous-looking penguins.
Colorful lights glide across the glossy floor at The Rink alongside the spinning wheels of roller skates and roller blades. To set the pace, the DJ at The Rink spins upbeat hits, often selecting tunes from a specific era, such as dance pop from the 1980's or Russian turbo-folk from the 1880's. When not skating, guests can refuel with nachos, pizza, and popcorn at the snack bar, or embark on virtual adventures in the video arcade. Several of the games reward winners with tickets, which can be traded in at the prize counter for toys, bracelets, and novelties.
In an age where the timeless American roller rink, the old-timey bowling alley, and classic soda fountain are rapidly being ousted by multiplex digital theaters and soda fountains that only exist on the internet, Foothill Skate Inn is like the physical embodiment of nostalgia. Skaters still glide across its sprawling hardwood floor, their grins illuminated in the glow of mirror balls and their hair whipping about in the air-conditioned breeze. DJs take charge of the music, spinning an eclectic mix of pop hits and upbeat classics. Meanwhile, behind a snack bar, cheerful staffers pop fresh batches of popcorn and dole out hot dogs, nachos, and cotton candy.
For more than 15 years, the skilled nail and waxing technicians at Midtown Nails have kept their clients looking their sharpest. Using CND Shellac polish, they work to keep nails glimmering and chip-free for a longer period of time than traditional polish, and fiberglass, acrylic, and pink-and-white manicures make fingertips look glamorous without topping them with tiny tinfoil hats.
Colored lights flash as a disco ball spins and glitters over Sunrise Rollerland's glossy, blond hardwood floor where kids and their families roll along on quads or inline skates. During open-skating sessions, adults relive their childhood and children experience it the first time around as a live DJ spins tunes new and old. At the rink, clubs such as the Artistic Club and Speed Skating club congregate. These clubs are open to anyone, sanctioned by USA Roller Sports, and led by experienced teams of coaches. Additionally, skaters 5 years old and older can take lessons suited to their skill level. To celebrate a birthday, kids can choose from three party themes; the rink can accommodate skaters at any private event. Wednesday night is family night when the entire clan can skate.
In 1948, Lester and Velma king took 10,000 square feet of property in Elk Grove and turned it into a place where friction has no control and people can coast in circles for hours on end. Today, the King family still runs the King's Skate Country roller rink. Here, visitors strap on classic roller skates or inline skates and coast across the floor, only stopping for a bite to eat or a soda at the snack bar. In addition to open skate sessions, the rink hosts birthday parties and events, including after-school sessions where kids can skate in ovals to fulfill a geometry requirement.