A treadmill might not be the first thing you’d picture in an athletic store, but for the skilled staff of Charlotte Running Co., it’s a key step in the art of finding the perfect fit. After lacing up or sweet-talking on a pair of shoes from Adidas, Nike, or Saucony, patrons hop aboard the treadmill, and the ‘gait analysis’ begins. Aided by a video feedback system, the specialists analyze each both the customer’s strides and the performance of the shoes to identify the ideal levels of support and cushioning, as well as the perfect fit–a process made much more precise by seeing the fancy footwear in action.
In addition to running shoes that can help increase speed and safety, Charlotte Running Co. can outfit its patrons in other jog-friendly gear. The FuelBelt keeps much-needed fluids at the ready on long runs, while shirts from Nike and Asics help to keep bodies cool, reducing runners' need to jog in the penguin habitat at their local zoo.
Sweep brushing across three-dimensional clay canvases, artists at Bella Pottery Painting Studio work at their own pace to complete pieces while sipping on brought-along drinks?since the studio is BYOB. After picking a piece from the stocked shelves?including plates and mugs?artists add decorations and designs. All supplies are included, and crafty patrons can pick the brains of the studio's attentive staff, who are close at hand to give guidance and encouragement. About a week after visiting, artisans can pick up their completed projects, which are glazed, fired, and food-safe upon pickup.
Music N More started in 2003 by taking over the Concord Music Mart. Since that time we have grown to be the largest independent music retailer in North Carolina. We specialize in being a one stop shop for all your musical needs, band & orchestral repair, fretted instrument & electronic repair, lessons and much much more!
Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s many locations stock fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
Athletic Edge Sports Performance?s Zach Hulce is a certified personal training and professional motivator who started his athletic career with collegiate football. After a few years on the team, he decided to dedicate himself to helping others with their athletic betterment. To achieve this, he started to train athletes, and soon graduated to leading small group fitness classes, and finally to opening Athletic Edge Sports Performance. During his boot-camp sessions, Zach aims to help participants of all fitness levels get into shape by leading them through intense interval training that combines bursts of cardio with strength and flexibility training. He incorporates nutritional coaching into his classes to help students keep healthy outside the gym.
Joining the witness-protection program is the best way to disguise your identity, but the vast array of costumes at Halloween Express gives the program a run for its money. For more than two decades, the chain’s 300-plus stores have supplied customers with costumes year-round from vampire capes for Halloween to Caesar togas for the Ides of March.
In preparation for the fall of 2013, they’ve added more than 3,000 new items to their Halloween collection. These costumes range from Day of the Dead masks to Darth Vader costumes for dogs. The store’s party supplies add a spooky touch to festivities and include tombstones, rotting pumpkins, and giant hairy spiders.