With a passion for the great outdoors, the outfitters at Get Your Gear On provide equipment and instruction for navigating trails and waterways. While leading groups, expert guides glide through scenic locales in search of wildlife views and serene experiences. Their canoe trips drift along the warm urban areas and tree-littered landscapes that run along the Congaree River, and their stand-up-paddleboard rentals allow guests to view the banks of Lake Murray from a perspective previously exclusive to sightseeing mermen. They also offer cycling equipment and maintenance along with hiking gear for dry climates, snowy landscapes, and rooms where the sink has been left on all night.
Fifty - Fifty Water Sports saddles up thrill seekers on four-stroke, fuel-injected jet skis and cuts them loose in open water. Fledgling skimmers can accelerate over the calm surfaces of the lake’s many protected coves, while cultivated wake makers can head out to big water, where ample space and larger waves make it easier to increase speeds, execute hairpin turns, and jump over riverboat casinos. Each operator and passenger is outfitted with an included life vest, and Fifty - Fifty’s on-lake support staff stands by in case a renter requires assistance or a fresh coat of suntan lotion.
Alter Ego Tapas & Lounge transforms each day, going from a family-friendly lunch haven to a bustling nocturnal lounge that serves small plates, sandwiches, and an exhaustive drink list. Kick off eating escapades with portobello potbelly's, mushrooms housing sundried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, and spinach ($6.50) before occupying hands with a pita tuna melt ($6.99) or a big bacon burger ($7.99). Tapas, which are small enough to fit inside a hollowed out VCR, include items such as ego bites, six beer-battered chicken nuggets, and hummus ($4.50 for one item, $10.50 for three items). Each pair nicely with an assortment of domestic beer ($1.50–$2.75), imported beer ($3.75–$4.75), and mixed drinks ($3.50–$6).
Scuba John's Dive Shop owners John Baker, his wife Amanda, father Mendle, and a number of scuba-diving instructors?go out of their way to make customers feel welcome. The staff believes everyone should be able to explore underwater worlds?and that they should stay safe and avoid buying ocean-floor real estate while doing so. To that end, the store is stocked with top-flight dive equipment and accessories by brands such as Hog, Omer, Ocean Rhino, Aeris, and Edge.
All of the classes are led by an instructor and conducted to meet SDI standard. Courses are designed for all levels, from beginner to master diver, instructors, and professionals. In specialty courses, participants learn skills required to become an enriched-air nitrox diver, deep-sea diver, or rescue diver. Students hone their open-water diving and dolphin-language skills in the warm depths of Florida Springs and other sites.
Jeff Woodruff started Keg Cowboy in Houston as an Internet supplier of homebrewery gear, he told Patch. When his wife got a job in Lexington, he decided to bring his business along and open a storefront. He decked it out with all the same supplies that were once in his online store, supplementing them with a climate-controlled grain vault that keeps 55 varieties of yeast, 61 varieties of grain, and 21 varieties of hops fresh and free of pests and freeloading scarecrows. He finds himself delighted with the transition, saying "Lexington has great water?and great water makes great beer."
On Saturdays, homebrewing classes supply students with all the skills needed to begin making their own bottled beverages at home. Keg Cowboy also offers do-it-yourself kegerator and beer dispensing equipment for chilling and serving their home-brewed beverages. In addition to enhancing novice brewing abilities, Keg Cowboy houses its own craft beer tavern on the premises where patrons can sample a rotating stock of global beers which changes bi-weekly.