At Shu's Idaho Running company, helpful servicefolk assist joggers, sprinters, and walkers seeking the shoes, apparel, and accessories vital for keeping up a healthy lifestyle. A sophisticated 3-D foot-mapping system ensures that every shoe fits its newfound owner like a glove shaped like a foot; official results from this personalized pedi scanner help shoppers locate shoes and gear that match their individual needs and gaits. The staffers at Shu's take their commitment to fitness and the community seriously—they organize regular trail hikes and runs each Saturday, and raised more than $30,000 for local nonprofits last year alone.
With more than 20 types of insoles, Good Feet helps heal foot and lower back pain through a unique three-step system. The system’s Exercisers help re-engineer wayward feet into a more ideal weight-distribution system while Maintainers help lock in and preserve these newly improved patterns. Similarly, the company’s line of Relaxers helps support arches while providing stable comfort. The staff conducts a free personal fitting for all customers, and construct insoles for all shoe types, including dress loafers, athletic wear, or blue suede running spikes.
The smoke from cigarettes always tastes like tobacco, but the smoke from Volt Vapes' vaporizers can taste like anything—including banana nut bread. The company's vaporizers, also known as e-cigarettes, don't run on tobacco; instead, they use a nicotine-infused liquid dubbed Niquid, which comes in more than 60 flavors and five levels of nicotine. Tastes range from classic tobacco to chai tea, horchata, and blackberry. At the shop, visitors can purchase vaporizers and Niquid à la carte, or they can opt for comprehensive starter kits.
Purchases made at most TNT Fireworks locations benefit partner non-profit organizations, strengthening programs in local communities. The company also has a commitment to both safety and customer satisfaction. Many of TNT's higher-charged products include a Glo-Fuze, which guides revelers safely to the fuse in poorly lit conditions, and a No Dud Guarantee ensures that non-functional fireworks can be refunded with ease.
In 1971, Michael Sowers taught himself how to throw clay in a high-school art class. The classroom had a functioning pottery wheel, but the instructor didn't know how to use it, so Michael began checking out instructional books from the library to support his fledgling interest.
Ever since, he's been molding masses of clay into plates and vessels, preserving their shapes with the heat of a 2,350-degree kiln. His work is as functional as it is aesthetically pleasing—subtly hued french butter dishes hold a quarter pound of butter in water, keeping it fresh for up to a month, and grater plates come equipped with a built-in shredder for garlic, ginger, parmesan cheese, or CIA documents. Sowers seals each piece with a lead-free glaze used by potters since the time of the Ming dynasty, ensuring that customers can safely send his pottery through a dishwasher or heat them in a microwave or oven.
At Warrior Fit Body Boot Camp, nationally certified trainer Darrin Walton uses metabolic-training techniques to help clients get fit and svelte as quickly as possible. His classes revolve around high-intensity intervals and circuits, which often include kickboxing moves, bodyweight exercises, and battling-rope drills. Many workouts emphasize Tabata training, in which participants rest briefly between intervals to rev up their metabolisms for up to 48 hours. During each class, Darrin exudes enthusiasm and cultivates a supportive vibe among students of all skill levels. He also charts students' body composition to keep them motivated as they watch their fat levels drop, their muscles bulk, and their pecs lay eggs and multiply. A collection of online tools helps students cultivate healthy habits outside the classroom.