Family owned since it first welcomed customers in 1887, Strauss Skates and Bicycles has supplied every subsequent generation of Saint Paul's skaters and bikers with top gear and repairs. Specializing in hockey, the store stocks gear such as blades, boots, and skates, which resident sharpener Scott hones using more than 40 years of industry experience.
When that gear starts to smell, the Strauss team calls in the Sani Sport machine, whose 16-minute cycles kill nearly 99% of bacteria from hockey equipment so referees don't have to hose players down in between periods. In addition to its hockey goods, the Strauss crew spruces up bikes with in-depth tune-ups and offers custom head-stringing services for lacrosse players/
Named one of 2012's top 100 five-star bicycle retailers in the United States by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, Penn Cycle and Fitness has helped its customers enjoy smooth cycling for more than 57 years. From spare parts to automobile racks, the shop carries a large assortment of bike-riding gear for casual and serious excursions, while also offering repairs. During repair classes, the staff imparts its knowledge of bicycle mechanics onto pupils, who walk away from the 90-minute sessions with the ability to adjust brakes, fix faulty chains, and provide other other helpful bike-related tips to make sure you learn how to take great care of your bike.
Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.
At its full-service, well-maintained facility, Midway Pro Bowl caters to bowlers of all dedication levels. Its optional bumpers bolster beginners, whereas onsite bowling lessons employ instructors certified by the United States Bowling Congress to elevate skills. The pin-falling activity on Midway Pro Bowl's 32 lanes is monitored by automatic scoring systems, and fashionable bowlers can turn lanes into runways with sparkling new balls and accessories from its well-stocked pro shop. After the game, a full-service lounge conjures postgame relaxation with alcoholic beverages. Alternatively, the most dedicated competitors can refuel with burgers, hot dogs, or pizza from the snack bar before taking to the arcade to spar with virtual foes rather than playing bowling-ball dodge ball with real-life foes.
With 100 disc-golf courses located within 100 miles, Fairway Flyerz is an emporium for the disc-golf enthusiast and can happily jumpstart a beginner's entry into the sport. Visitors peruse an impressive inventory of more than 2,500 discs from top industry brands such as Innova and Discraft, a large assortment of bags, and designated practice baskets, which provide a safer landing zone than the neighbor's unsuspecting forehead.
Disc golf is a hybrid sport played on outdoor courses similar to yet smaller than golf, and, because most are free to play, the sport has little barrier to entry except for a few discs.
The optical experts at Eyes of Mendota banish clouded perceptions of the world with single-vision, bifocal, and progressive lenses, which tuck into frames by designers such as Tag Heuer, Burberry, and Gucci. The eyewear technicians also outfit shoppers with contacts, sunglasses, and designer monocles. Before ordering a pair of spectacles or lenses, patients can schedule an appointment for an eye exam and walk out with a fresh prescription.