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.
The skilled staff at Salon Onyx fuses creativity with precise technique to relax and make over men, women, and kids from head to toe. Whether seeking a soothing spa ritual or a hair upgrade, clients consult with the salon gurus to decide which service best suits their needs. The stylists sling a variety of professional products, including Kevin Murphy, Verb, and Moroccanoil, and provide beverages such as coffee, cocoa, and pop to refresh beauty seekers between treatments. Committed to bolstering beauty for all situations, Salon Onyx also preps wedding-bound patrons.
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 updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.
Revak Nursery, a decades-old family pine farm, decks holiday halls with custom wreaths and decorations from its adjoining Christmas shop, which brims with thousands of ornaments and gifts. Customers can rifle through shelves of Russian woodcarvings, including a hand-painted pink Santa ($59.95), and fine European glass ornaments, such as a glossy white bauble with a beaded poinsettia ($17.95). An oval birch-bark container ($31.50) adds festive charm to homes with the intricate floral carvings on its lid and the stockpile of forged naughty-or-nice lists in its hollow core. A Pisa Pizza snow-village display ($35) showcases a miniature Italian eatery, with miniature diners inside feasting in celebration of their miniature holiday bonuses.