There’s nothing more exhilarating, albeit unnatural, than hurtling towards earth unimpeded. The instructors at Southern Minnesota Skydiving agree, and by adhering to the United States Parachute Association’s safety standards, they facilitate tandem and solo skydives. For tandems, the pros regulate the entire jump, from 45 seconds of free-fall to about four minutes of floating beneath a large ram-air parachute, which enables soft landings. For the thrill seeker who’d rather fly alone, experienced instructors offer the Static Line course to teach students how to skydive solo or explore options for prosthetic wing surgery.
The certified technicians at Victory Auto Service & Glass dish out oil changes and winter auto checkups with award-winning ethics and a reputation for excellent hospitality. As customers watch from cozy waiting areas, car bellies are drained of old oil and stale Mellow Yellow seeping through dashboard heating vents. Then, 5 quarts of standard motor oil quenches parched engines (synthetic oil is available at an extra cost). Meanwhile, the hazards of winter roads get minimized with the 50-point Peace of Mind inspection. In about 20 minutes, important vehicle vitals are checked, including exhaust systems, tire pressure, and dashboard lights. Inspections comb most major automotive functions—including break lines, shocks, and all fluids—determining each element as passing, in need of future attention, in need of immediate attention, or in need of a hug. Victory Auto Service & Glass covers all of its new parts and labor with a two-year, 24,000-mile warranty.
With a passion for boating the waters of Lake Minnetoka to take in views of the region's natural beauty and lush green landscapes, Wayzata Bay Charters' owners charter their 60-foot lake cruiser to make the experience accessible to all. The owners decked out their two-level cruiser—which can host up to 60 people—with a full bar, two satellite TVs, satellite radio, a 2,000-watt sound system, and enough helium balloons to keep both the boat and the party afloat. Believing a jaunt on the lake makes for an ideal event whatever the occasion, they've designed packages specifically for weddings and bachelorette parties, and they still offer public cruises to assure everyone has a chance to take to the water.
In 1991, a team of mechanics drew from a decade of auto-racing experience to found Badboyscustom Cycles, dealing sleek two- and three-wheelers and roaring choppers, and renting out trikes and spacious RVs. An ASE-certified senior mechanic and a small-engine specialist assemble, repair, and customize vehicles with well-practiced skill, from servicing the engine of a powerful trike to attaching a California sidecar to a growling motorcycle or bike with baseball cards in its spokes. An expansive 26,000-square-foot storeroom unfolds a bounty of gleaming chrome and glistening leather, with models from manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha, Hyosung, and Big Bear Choppers. Spacious add-on cargo holds turn lone-wolf biker rides into drifting road trips, and RV rentals outfit campers with all the comforts of home.
While her children slept, Molly Dose's brain worked. During naptime, Molly would formulate plans for her own beauty and wellness center along with her friend Nicole McLaren, a consultant for skincare company Arbonne International. Personalized wellness consultations became the cornerstone of their approach, which they put into practice when they opened Balanced Bee Bodywork in 2012.
As a licensed massage therapist, Molly eases her clients into relaxation and physical wellness through a range of modalities, such as deep-tissue, trigger-point, and Swedish massages. She also performs pre- and post-natal massages for expectant and new mothers, as well as those forming a tighter bond with their favorite throw pillow. Meanwhile, Nicole tends to clients' skincare needs, recommending products ranging from makeup and moisturizers to cleansers and energy-supplement tabs.