The Preserve at Deer Creek invites golfers to swing through nine bucolic fairways from a choice of three tees. The course’s creeks sneak across no fewer than seven of the nine fairways, demanding precision from each swing. Before whipping out their scorecards and pencils, players can practice aim without numerical reprimand at the practice putting green or practice-chipping area. After games, they can stroll over to the clubhouse and tell lovelorn tales of the golf ball that got away in between sips of beer.
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Voted Best Musical Instruments by CityVoter for stocking 40,000 guitars, drums, brass, strings, woodwinds, and more, Cascio Interstate Music supplies music lovers with the tools, gears, and repair services needed for any upcoming gig. Opened in 1946 and still independently owned, the 30,000-square-foot retail store is packed to the brim with gadgets, sheet music, instructional videos, and other products for orchestra loyalists and Wall Street Journal-inspired rock bands alike. Guitar enthusiasts can use the book Classic Electrics to explore the history of their instrument, beginning with its origins as a classic accompaniment to its current eight-stringed, quad-necked glory ($14.95), while pianists can browse Cascio's sheet music collection of classical masterpieces. Cascio carries any essential musical accessory, from Ernie Ball Regular Slinky guitar strings ($5.01) and Rico Royal Bb clarinet reeds ($13.24) to viola shoulder rests ($23.85). The shop also features a crack staff of musical repairmen, who can mend and coax any damaged or emotionally wounded guitar, violin, drum set, or other instrument.
In 1986, Tod Colbert opened Weather Tight Milwaukee, putting his focus, unlike many home-improvement outfits, on bolstering homes' exteriors to improve the living conditions inside. More than a quarter of a century later, the company has helped more than 15,000 clients, and Colbert's concept is still going strong. Clients can replace regular windows with energy-efficient panes that stave off extreme temperatures with multiple layers of reflective coating. The company’s capable technicians can also install doors insulated with polyurethane foam, and roofing that resists ice to keep frozen slabs from sliding off the roof and denting cars or bullying helpless recycling bins.
Spread out in organized clusters across an expansive 17,000-square-foot show room, unfinished wooden furniture lies teeming with potential. Unlike traditional pieces, which must be carefully selected to match one's home décor, Naked Furniture's mostly American-made products can be customized with the stain or paint color of one's choosing. The collection includes pieces for every room of the house, including bedroom furniture such as nightstands, kitchen adornments such as cabinets, and living-room pieces such as television consoles or Victorian-style entertainment centers, also known as "bookshelves." Each item is crafted from solid wood or plywood and is particleboard- and MDF-free.