Throughout a golf-teaching career that spans more than two decades, Greg Jones has taken everyone from inner-city students to PGA professionals under his wing and showed them how to properly swing the golf club. He takes a natural approach to the game, helping pupils develop a comfortable swing that fits their style of play, rather than instructing students to mimic the swing of a PGA professional or legally adopt an Iron Byron. Regardless of whether the lesson is for juniors or adults, private or in a small-group setting, Greg breaks techniques down into their basic components, making it easier to develop a repeatable game both on the course and on the range.
An avid cyclist, the owner of Spin Bike Shop helms a staff of certified mechanics and professional racers. Together, they keep their shelves stocked with bikes for all seasons and activities: cyclocross races, road riding, triathlons, mountain trails, and moon jumping. Inside, shoppers can peruse cycles from big-name brands such as Specialized, BMC, Ridley, and Santa Cruz. Mechanics perform a slew of services—such as fittings, repairs, demo-bike rides, and rentals. Staff members also teach classes on how to make basic roadside repairs, perform complete tune-ups, or use a bike frame to fend off an agitated mountain lion. When the staffers aren’t wrenching on bikes, they’re hosting events and welcoming cyclists and triathletes to join their teams and clubs.
Mountain Man Sports’ original mountain man Jim Wenberg started his business by selling skis, and later expanded his wares and services to include inline skates, snowboards, bikes, and sports accessories. Today, the walls of his shop are nearly unrecognizable behind rows of equipment, guarded by the shop’s faithful dog, Cooper. In addition to matching customers with any necessary equipment, Jim can rent out eager skiers a condo at Boyne Mountain’s Disciples Ridge, a scenic hideaway within walking distance of slopes, restaurants, shops, and a replica of the world’s first icicle.
For more than 65 years, the family of adrenaline aficionados at Wersell’s Bike and Ski Shop has outfitted customers with quality cycling equipment by makers such as Kona, Raleigh, and Electra. In addition to the full menu of bicycles ($179+)—including models for kids, roads, trails, and mountains—the specialists carry plenty of gear, including pumps ($35+), helmets ($40+), and goggles ($60+), as well as snow-slicing instruments such as downhill skis ($230+).
Winner of Toledo City Paper's 2008 Best Dive Shop honor, Aqua Hut staffs a sea-savvy staff to teach rookie snorkelers the basics of scuba diving. Today's deal gives you an hour with a professional scuba sensei for an introductory class. Underwater explorers should bring their own towel and bathing suit, but Aqua Hut will supply all the scuba equipment, including mask, fins, snorkel, Catfish-to-English dictionary, and boots. Owner and SSI-certified instructor Jeff Davis has been plunging into watery abysses for 30 years and has consulted Fox News as a scuba expert. More than 10,000 divers have received his team's comfortable, considerate training on how to safely navigate underwater.
The staff at Cain Park Bicycle stocks bikes and bike accessories for pedal pushers of all stripes. Acquire an adult-oriented velocipede such as the Bianchi C2C Via Nirone 7 2300 ($650), or teach a tot about the liberating loneliness of the open road with a Kazam Kid's balance bike ($75). The two-wheeled emporium proffers bikes from Biria, Rocky Mountain, and Miele, among other well-known brands, and delights in fixing up ailing cycles of any make, whether they need a tune-up or complete rebuild.