Bows, mounted game heads, and military memorabilia decorate the walls at Action Gun & Archery, but this instructional facility's archery equipment isn't just for show. Staff instructors teach one-on-one, hands-on lessons that cover the basics of hunting and target-shooting. Practice is held on the facility's 20-yard indoor archery and crossbow range, which offers a chance to shoot at real targets. On the other hand, customers can aim for digital targets—a Techno HUNT simulator lets users practice their bow technique on virtual, moving prey without the danger of touching a weird forest bug. Action Gun & Archery also houses a shop filled with Victory arrows and bows by brands such as Bowtech, Hoyt, and Mathews. Not all of the wares are pre-made and name-brand though: the shop's technicians craft custom arrows and bow-strings upon request, and also repair compound and traditional bows.
Cathy Morris has spent 35 years of running restaurants, and she knows how to keep her customers happy. At Swagger's Southern Style Eatery, where she mans the griddle as the owner and operator, she'll cook you a burger in the morning or a three-egg omelet at lunch, as breakfast is served till 3 p.m.—whatever the meal, no one goes home hungry. That is especially the case with the breakfast specialty platter The Lumberjack, with two eggs, two pancakes, three meats, and home fries, as well as with The Bunkhouse, a five-ounce sirloin served alongside eggs and a camp counselor that makes sure you're asleep before 10 p.m.
The lunch and dinner options are equally enticing: Soups and salads balance out entrees such as Southern-fried smoked chicken and homemade meatloaf with red sauce. Bookending the main courses are appetizers such as hot wings and desserts such as homemade cobbler, bookend the main courses.
Funtown Family-Center's 30,000-square-foot facility echoes with the shrieks and hollers emanating from kids as they careen across the gleaming hardwood ellipse of the roller rink or beneath the black lights of the laser-tag arena. An inflatable obstacle course and indoor playground quarantines hopping youngsters in between cafe-fare feasts beneath beach murals. An arcade offers a selection of video games, and a personal hostess oversees each Fun Town party, helping wrangle attendees as they launch endeavors fueled by pizza and celebratory cupcakes.
Iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe hang from the bubblegum-pink walls of Your Hearts Desire Hair Studio. That starlet’s rise to fame is an inspiration to the salon’s stylists and nail technicians, who do everything in their power to make clients Hollywood-ready. Aside from face-flattering haircuts and highlights, they offer indulgent spa treatments such as hot-stone mani-pedis. From time to time, they even enhance their nail treatments with seasonal scents that include peppermint, apple spice, and fresh-baked popsicle.
The Sable Nargile's name translates into English as "the black hookah," evoking both the spot's status as a hookah café and its relaxed nightclub atmosphere. An array of flavored-tobacco options provide exotic hookah pairings for the café's nightly events and a smoke screen to throw off any spies hot in pursuit. Events range from appearances by local DJs, who fill the space with pop and electronic beats, to screenings of soccer matches and other live sporting events.
Aio Wireless is the brainchild of Jennifer Van Buskirk. In a former life, she acted as Senior Vice President of Mobility Strategy for AT&T, where her performance earned her enough trust from the higher-ups that they asked her to run their new company: Aio Wireless. Her new joint venture retains all of the reliability of AT&T's 4G/LTE network, but gives folks a chance to break free of contractual shackles with a pay-as-you-go plan. In fact, the whole process has been streamlined. Aio lets clients use their own cell phone rather than buying a new one with unlimited talk, text, and data plans.
Despite the cutting edge gadgetry and the reliable network, however, the stores' approach to technology is more than just practical. Their array of phone cases, for example, brighten iPhones, Galaxies and Lumias in neon hues. Their earbud headphones, meanwhile, let phone owners play their tunes on the go without schlepping their tuba everywhere.