While adding miles to his personal odometer, Runner's Gate owner Phil Hoffland has sprinted down the streets of Boston and through the mountains of Honolulu. As a long-distance runner, he's competed in road races and marathons such as the Twin Cities Marathon, the Madison Ironman, the Boston Marathon, the Naples Daily News Half Marathon, the Disney Marathon, and the Honolulu Marathon. He puts equal dedication into his charitable work, having served as a volunteer running coach for the local Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and the athletic director and general manager of several local athletic clubs.
At his shop in Lakeville, Hoffland uses his experience and expertise to outfit runners with the shoes that will keep them safely pounding the pavement. He consults with customers to analyze factors such as foot shape, stride, and mileage estimates, and uses in-shop treadmills to help them select the right level of comfort.
Sometimes you love a garment so much you have to set it free. The open armed and stylish folks at Turn Style Consignment Stores know a gently used gem when they see one, and faithfully find a new home for them via 14 stores in the Twin City area and via the 5 stores in the Phoenix Valley. They consign second-hand garments, accessories, and home furnishings from casual sellers and convincing bridge trolls before lining their racks and shelves with the items. Many of their shoes and handbags hail from designer brands such as Gucci and Chanel, and their policy prohibits anything that's not from a designer, better department, or specialty story.
Gander Mountain Academy's simulators render virtual targets at varying distances and with real-world precision, including accurate bullet holes. The simulators' technology delivers an array of training benefits, such as making the experience less intimidating for novices and letting advanced students choose more sophisticated target scenarios. Gander Mountain's ownership developed this training technology upon recognizing that with over 130 stores, it was among the nation's largest retailer of firearms. This led to Gander Mountain Academy, a place where technology meets elite-training resources previously available only to the military and law enforcement.
From the corporate store to each franchise location, the staff of Max Muscle Sports Nutrition goes beyond stocking and suggesting supplements to offer health help through a variety of channels. Sales associates in the stores help to discern the optimal body aid to achieve the personal fitness goals of athletes, bodybuilders, and everyday exercisers, be they weight loss, weight gain, muscle gain, toxin-flushing, or intimidating a superhero into ripping a cumbersome collection of old phone books in half.
A certified sports-nutrition specialist can also sit down with clients to chart their age, gender, height, and basal metabolic rate to draft a comprehensive, custom nutrition plan. The written word further fortifies customers' soul cages in Max Sports and Fitness, a monthly magazine brimming with health-supplement advice and fitness tips.
It's easy to get lost in the moment on Nelson's Apple Farm. Guests can wander through the golden-tinged foliage and breath in the autumnal air while exploring the various fall festivities. Children traipse through the five acres of wildlife preserve, or peer at many different animals in the farm yard, feeding goats from their palms or watching ducks play inspired hockey on the pond. They can pick their own pumpkins and choose from more than 20 different apple varieties from a 20-acre plot of apple trees, and, come winter, guests can track down their perfect Christmas tree from the 12 acres of growing evergreens. On the weekends, customers can also opt for wagon rides around the acreage.
Threads & Inks helps schools, businesses, sports teams, and individuals create their own custom uniforms, sweatshirts, and hats——both casual clothing and workwear. Choose the garment you want customized—whether it’s a screen-printed sweatshirts, embroidered knit caps, or anything—and the team can emblazon it with the logo of a nearby school, company, or loved one's initials. The technicians process nearly every order in-house and produce it locally. One of their most popular items: custom-made letter jackets, which they distribute to a wide range of local schools and academies, decorated with chenille patches so a high-school student can show off their lettering in football or keep count of defeated challengers in spelling bees.