Spread across 50,000 square feet, the Armed Forces History Museum's collection boasts rare military vehicles, re-creations of historic battlefields, and artifacts with a militaristic purview that spans from WWI through current conflicts. Smoke machines and battlefield sound effects simulate the fog of war in a replica WWI trench and a Japanese battleship flight deck. A motion-simulation theater hydraulically emulates pitch and yaw as passengers' eyes alight with scenes from the Battle of Iwo Jima or Operation Desert Storm.
In the open terrain behind the museum, a fully functional WWII-era M8 armored vehicle seats four passengers in its turret and open-air compartments as it rumbles off-road for a quick thrill ride.
AirHeads Trampoline Arena's wall-to-wall green and blue trampolines abound with bouncers of all ages. Its lively atmosphere and attentive staff even earned it a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence a 2014. In addition to open-jump sessions, the facility's extra-large trampoline hosts pickup dodgeball matches and basketball games. The concessions area sates appetites with snacks such as pizza, hot dogs, and chicken wraps, and the full arcade reacquaints jumpers and astronauts with gravity's awkwardly relentless grip.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
Prima Bead supplies chains, findings, makings, and beads ? all the essentials for a jewelry maker to go about their business. The company's in-house designers carefully curate the selection, hand-picking each product for quality. It's harder to package and sell inspiration, of course, so they give it away for free. They put together an extensive collection of how-to tips, which cover everything from basic techniques to advanced project ideas with step-by-step instructions.
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