From outposts fashioned inside three different locations, Charlie's Pro Shop at Liberty Lanes upgrades the games of beginner bowlers and seasoned veterans alike. The shops cover their walls with a colorful array of balls, bags, shoes, and accessories–everything necessary to improve scores on the lanes or convince strangers you're a famous bowler named Strikes MacKenzie. Children's equipment readies pint-size pin crushers for battle, and custom drilling ensures digits of all shapes jive comfortably with their finger holes.
There’s more than one way to play in the surf, and the watersport gurus at The Island Shop cater to them all, from leisurely basking on the beach to harnessing the power of towering waves. Inside the store, they carry a stock of professional-grade surfboards, boogie boards, skimboards, and paddleboards, which are used to spank the ocean when it has been naughty. They also outfit the casual practitioner for beachside life with board shorts and bikinis.
On the beach, the shop’s water-loving staff transform from mild-mannered store clerks to wave-taming teachers. They impart their wisdom through both one-on-one lessons and small-group classes, guiding guests through the finer points of riding boards of all kinds across the surface of the water.
Mac's Tavern may be far nicer than Paddy's Pub from It?s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but they do have one thing in common?Mac's is owned by?Rob and Kaitlin McElhenney, who play Mac and Dee Reynolds on the show, along with a small group of their friends.
The building's house-like fa?ade has long been an Old City fixture. In the 1700s, it was the Skinner?s Dry Goods Store and served such famed customers as Benjamin Franklin, even though it refused to accept payment in the form of bills with his face on them. These days, more than 17 draft beers rotate through the taps behind the stained wood bar and a jukebox sets the background score.
Though the tavern itself is historic, Mac's dedicates itself to modernity, as evidenced by a seasonal menu that might list a roasted beet salad in a balsamic-caramel gastrique or buffalo chicken cheesesteak, a twist on the hometown staple. And every Sunday, the brunch burger arrogantly bestrides mealtimes with its topper of smoked bacon, a fried egg, and a seven-cheese sauce.
Bill Jackson's Shop for Adventure is a full-service outfitter providing adventure apparel and instruction to outdoor enthusiasts. With this deal, Grouponers can choose between a lesson in recreational or sea kayaking to fulfill their nautical needs. The four-hour sea-kayaking lesson is broken into two two-hour sessions during which ocean-bound students will learn rescue skills, fundamental techniques, and canoe insults. In the 3-hour recreational lesson, aspiring aqua navigators will practice entries, reentries, rescues, and paddle techniques. To avoid insidious dolphin pranks, lessons are held in the heated indoor pool and the on-site lake.
Owned and helmed by passionate runners, American Running Company sheaths joggers with the latest products designed by some of the industry’s most recognizable brands. The shop’s shelves are filled with shoes and clothes for men, women, and children, straight from the gear kitchens of Nike, Asics, Mizuno, and Saucony, among others. The store’s well-trained staff can analyze your gait and fit you with the perfect pair of boots, such as the Brooks F3 Sprint, a 7.3 oz. spike-studded foot glove that tears up the track like a rogue railroader ($15). Stylize your workout by wearing a black Nike dri-fit shirt, whose sleek anti-sweat fabric doubles as a UV shield ($35), coupled with a pair of stretch-woven, hip-holstered Zoot shorts to make your thighs feel important ($24).
The golfing gurus at Edwin Watts Golf Academy diagnose and correct their students' poor swing and putting habits in an effort to help them improve their shots and lower their scores. In one-on-one swing-analysis sessions, students learn a repeatable swing that eliminates tendencies they may have to slice, hook, push, or pull the ball. A special laser attaches to the end of the player's club and tracks the swing path while JC Video swing-analysis software records the session from two separate angles, lest analysis be thrown off by only looking at the golfer's good side. Putting analysis employs Tomi technology to measure eight separate parameters of the putting stroke, from clubhead orientation at address to swing path and tempo. After swing and putting lessons, students may access the recordings on a password-protected website, so they can forward videos to friends or sports-documentary filmmakers.