At Runners Roost, the staff members don’t just outfit athletes with shoes in the right sizes—they make sure the footwear matches each wearer’s individual needs with a thorough gait-and-arch analysis. As discussed during an interview with Colorado and Company, the staff records video of clients’ feet as they jog on a treadmill, then examines still frames to assess whether the shoes are offering proper support. With this method, customers can find the ideal footwear from brands such as New Balance, Saucony, and Nike for both women and men.
Channeling wisdom collected over the company’s 35 years in business, the pros at Runners Roost’s numerous Colorado locations also outfit athletes with accessories and sweat-wicking apparel perfect for triathlons over hot coals. In addition to supporting feet, Runners Roost has supported the local community throughout the years by sponsoring high-school cross-country and track meets, marathons, and other events.
After ten hours of slow-cooking, the barbecue ribs at Joe’s American Bar & Grill land on tables tender and ready to fall of the bone. Served with fresh-made coleslaw, these ribs are the centerpiece of a menu overflowing with upscale comfort food. Chefs cut potatoes by hand to accompany bacon cheeseburgers topped with aged cheddar and bread-and-butter pickles made in-house rather than flown in by a talking stork. Grilled pizzas are made fresh to order and never frozen, and hefty sandwiches and hand-cut steaks stack plates with sustenance. On the weekends, brunch dishes come out of hibernation to sate guests with made-to-order omelets and specialties such as eggs benedict and prime-rib hash. Diners enjoy the fresh air on the outdoor patio or cluster around the bar to keep track of sports scores or find out who really got married on Days of Our Lives.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.
Countless trees fly by under your feet as you soar hundreds of feet above the ground. Suddenly, the forest floor below opens up into a gorge. At Red River Gorge Zipline, riders witness this incredible sight on regular canopy tours set amid the picturesque wilderness of Daniel Boone National Forest. The system's ziplines span more than 4,000 feet above the forest canopy, with the longest reaching about 1,900 feet in length. At the end of the tour, dual racing ziplines send riders charging down from more than 200 feet above the ground, and reaching speeds exceeding 50 mph. All of Red River Gorge Zipline's guests are strapped into harnesses for the duration of their tours, while helmet cams document their adventure.
With hundreds of pairs of flip-flops and sandals from top brands such as Cobian, Reef, Sanuk, and OluKai, Flip Flop Shops adorns pavement pounders with stylish footgear of the utmost comfort. Let little piggies breathe in the open air with a pair of Reef sandals ($35) or Flojos ($25). Flip Flop Shops carries a wide range of sizes and a variety of designs and colors, accommodating men, women, girls, boys, and awkward teenage leprechauns with lumbering feet. For cooler days and bashful toes, customers can also browse a selection of closed-toe shoes, such as lightweight Sanuks ($52).
Since 1943, Wrangler has clothed the nation's fashion-conscious cowboys and -girls in rugged, high-quality jeans, and in the only Wrangler store, hard-to-find denim and leather apparel deck the walls like so many longhorn skulls. From premium performance cowboy cut ($38) to stylish women's premium patch ($54) styles, jeans are the denim stars of Wrangler's designer rodeo, riding bucking masses of handbags and boots through the aisles as caps and accessories look on and cheer. Watches, pocketknives, and various glinting accessories ensure that purchasers have the tools they need to escape a collapsing mine in time for their dentist's appointment. By purchasing products in Wrangler's National Patriot program, women and men can simultaneously express national pride and support charities for American veterans.