Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Just Brakes has expanded from one auto shop to more than 160 outposts across eight states. At every location, ASE-certified technicians maintain vehicle safety with professional brake services including a lifetime warranty on parts, labor and platonic love. Though their specialty is brakes, the techs also perform routine maintenance and repairs such as oil changes, suspension repair, and belt replacement.
SkateStart owner Patrick O'Toole started his skating career as many people do: by falling down constantly while skating a faulty board. He wanted to spend time with his skateboarding cousins, so his father bought him a generic, unresponsive deck from a big-box store. It barely rolled and always cancelled their playtime last minute to watch soap operas. His junky equipment and lack of knowledge kept him from keeping up with his peers. It wasn't until his father surprised him with a safe, professional skate set that his cousins finally slowed down and began teaching him the ins and outs of thrashing cement waves.
Now in his 20s, Patrick makes it his professional mission to teach the next generation of skaters the proper techniques they need to enjoy the sport. He and his team of certified instructors use his patent-pending skateboard system that shows beginners where to place their feet to push off, perform an ollie, and avoid tripping a board's self-destruct countdown. In addition to imparting fundamental skills, their lessons also build up the confidence necessary to tackle more complex maneuvers.
At Switch Boutique, new and gently used wearables from top brands such as BCBG, Free People, Anthropologie, and Coach saunter into the style stable daily. Flirty floral frocks, such as the Robert David Morton maxi dress with long sleeves ($25), keep their human companions warm on cool summer evenings while offering camouflage at paintball-themed garden parties. Go upscale with formal wear or homecoming dresses, or twirl the night away in skirts ($12.95–$29.95) from brands including Cache, Talbots, and Tahari or rent a moonjump to show your joy after successfully hunting down a new pair of form-flattering jeans ($14.95–$52.95) by True Religion. Local Boulder County artists supply the shop with fashionable accessories ($9.95+), enhancing a jewelry library of nationally known designers such as David Yurman.
The trainers at Streets Fitness believe that to progress physically, fitness relies on variation. To that end, they encourage clients to explore the gym’s full stock of weight-training and cardio equipment, as well as its 40 weekly classes. The class selection includes self-defense training such as boxing and kickboxing, in which guests burn calories as they perfect their martial techniques and figure out their entrance theme songs. And circuit training and core-conditioning sessions are also available, including The Grid, a full-body cross-training workout that was voted one of the area's best workouts by the Daily Camera. Streets also offers one-on-one personal-training sessions, in which coaches fine-tune workouts depending on patrons' goals and the severity of their heavy-bag phobias.
Santa Sent Me A Message! customizes personal messages to family members of all ages by video or email. Based on information provided by the customer, Santa commends the recipient on their good deeds for the year and encourages them to try harder and improve in other areas. Example messages include praise for talents and accomplishments, or encouragement such as “be nice to your sister,” “give mom more hugs,” and “clean your room.”