For the technicians of A&A Pest Control, class is always in session. Before donning the company's employee garb, they must pass a rigorous training course that equips them to deal with all manner of insect and rodent issues. The education doesn't end there, though, as the staff constantly researches and tests new methods of pest control, from field-testing new chemicals that reduce ant populations to breeding invisible cats that pounce upon unwelcome mice. Additionally, technicians eschew the one-size-fits-all approach to pest control for more customized service by investigating each building to determine the type of infestation and the best course of action for removal.
In 1986, brothers and lifelong martial artists Jeff and Jade Hockman began practicing Songahm tae kwon do, a well-rounded martial art that ranks among the world's most popular styles. After years of disciplined physical and mental training, they have earned the distinction of sixth-degree master instructors of the craft and have won multiple medals at the ATA World Championships. Today, they pass on their knowledge at four Missouri dojos that offer training for both adults and children. Numerous pupils have become masters under the Hockmans' training, including more than 500 black belts and numerous state champions.
Knights, lords, and ladies all find good reason to journey to Boster Castle, a permanent Renaissance village that also functions as a film studio and year-round festival space. The castle hosts elaborately staged annual festivals, transporting visitors to eras of the distant past. Patrons find themselves in the midst of a storybook Renaissance town populated by archery tournaments, turkey legs, crooning minstrels, and live comedy shows. Attendees can peruse vendors boasting authentic weaponry, period costumes, and the latest in chain-mail formal-wear. The castle also hosts additional themed socials in which revelers can sit for entertainment and fare surrounded by mythical cultures, fantasy worlds, or storied periods in history.
At Fulton Bowling Center, patrons pummel pins across 16 lanes and fuel up with pizza, sandwiches, and drinks at the Ten Pin Cafe. Tournaments and leagues facilitate competitive rivalries or guests can angle cue balls on pool tables and quell a hunger for blinking ghosts at the arcade. The alley welcomes all kinds of people, including herds of field tripping children and bands of adults attending leisurely office get-togethers or bands of adults playing hooky from work.
Battlecreek Paintball's six fields see prismatic warfare year-round, rain or shine. On any of the five outdoor woodland fields and indoor urban assault course, squads of players mimic firefights with flanking maneuvers and extended periods of playing dead. With normal admission, the staff provides markers and all the protective equipment needed to survive a mural to the face.
During a 60-minute relaxation massage, Wellness Connections' muscle menders vie for merit badges in untying knots as they stimulate circulation and clear away stress from head to toe with a full-body barrage of calming techniques. Following a soothing rubdown, customers are free to slip into the rolling waters of a hot tub or clear pores in a sauna for 20 minutes. For an additional fee, clients can elect an upgraded tissue tranquilizing such as a deep-relaxation treatment or hot-stone massage that embraces back muscles with a litter of warm, cuddly pet rocks.