A Class III dealer of firearms and accessories, Midwest Gun Club equips its clients with more than just firearms. The company also offers classes, which range from concealed-weapon-permit courses to safe handgun practices and home-defense seminars. All class instructors have a background in the military or law enforcement or have experience in national competition. Along with classes, they help their pupils and visitors practice their aim and perk their ears like a hunting hound at an in-house shooting range.
Although The Canal Fulton Glassworks opened in 2009, the timber-framed structure that it inhabits was built nearly two centuries ago. Inside, the business has transformed its historic dwelling into a modern-day showcase of Ohio-based artists, with more than 3,000 handmade works on display, from glass and ceramics to furniture and paintings. The gallery also shares its artistic prowess with the community during hands-on classes, including glass-making workshops that focus on paperweights, pendants, and beads.
Each individual's golf swing is very personal and intuitive, it can improve through objective analysis and instruction. This is the philosophy at The N.E. Ohio School of Golf, where owner and Masters-level certified instructor Greg Wood and his staff utilize a method called Guaranteed Golf. Developed by golf pro Dave Christensen and engineering specialists at Ohio State University, the system begins with an analysis of a golfer's swing, looking for flaws in technique. The instructors then help golfers correct their imperfections, and practice new techniques repeatedly until a strong swing is committed to "muscle memory," which research has shown takes at least four or five weeks. Anybody undertaking the Guaranteed Golf program becomes a lifetime alumnus, free to return for repeat lessons at any time. In addition to this full-swing training, N.E. Ohio School of Golf also offers clinics focused on the short game, golf fitness, and general performance enhancement.
Carried Away Recreation specializes in serene moments. Its customers can paddle a solo kayak down a gentle river where they glean a swath of green leaves. They can race across the Amish countryside on a bike rental and stop after mile five for a glass of Zinfandel from a local winery. If they want to take to the outdoors with friends, they rent a double kayak or a series of inner tubes to make floating a social experience. Cardio kayaking classes also blend natural beauty with physical exertion as a guide leads paddlers down twists in the river while shouting out Simon Says commands.
Neon streaks fly over and, occasionally, into the four nets at Green Tennis Club, a sign of players taking vigorous whacks with their tennis rackets during casual play and lessons. Certified USPTA professionals lead the lessons, imparting advice for smashing powerful ground strokes and developing a serve in both private and group settings. The teachers also organize weekly group drills, which invite players of similar skill level to practice different aspects of the game.
The Fast Lane Bar, Bowling and Party Center fosters wholesome family fun by hosting scores of activities beyond bowling. Its popular bar art parties invite guests to paint their own masterpieces on a 16"x20" canvas while enjoying food and drink specials during classes. Those looking to test their caper-solving skills can enlist in the plot-twisting action of Fast Lane Mysteries and discover whodunit on the glossy lanes.
Those same glossy lanes offer plenty of traditional bowling fun as well. Thunderous claps from strikes and subsequent high-fives reverberate through the facility five days a week during the summer, including until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, which outfit the facility with cosmic bouts. Boasting a lineup of happy hour specials, the newly renovated Garage Bar volunteers to whet whistles and topple appetites, and league and party options enable larger groups to plunder pins collectively or team up to take down rebellious bumpers in games of Red Rover.