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.
Bedford Hills Golf Club has assembled a trio of nine-hole courses—the Buckeye, Irish, and Wolverine Courses—to escort players along a lush labyrinth replete with pristine white-sand bunkers and interspersed water hazards. Golfers send shots into lower orbit from well-groomed fairways and putt across penncross bentgrass greens styled with mustaches designed to catch errant shots in their sandy chops. Challenges abound on all three courses, with water hazards and sand traps strategically placed amid the rolling terrain.
Bedrock mini-golf course complements the facility with pintsize challenges of its own, as players putt around small sand traps and beautiful landscaping while trying to resist miniature dives off the cascading waterfall.
The footwear specialists at New Balance Toledo measure every aspect of customers’ show fillers to determine the most comfortable footwear with form-fitting levels of support and motion. After taking measurements and lifestyles into account, the team recommends shoe models to help foot digits feel like plants in a sun chamber, blossoming under the possibilities of versatile new styles. Mens’ 860 running shoes ($109.99) and women’s 812 walking shoes ($104.99) offer additional shock absorption to prevent injury and enhance comfort. Boys’ and girls’ 880 running shoes ($54.99) provide young runners with durable outsoles and offer stretch-lace closures to keep knots far away from joining sailor school. With a commitment to domestic manufacturing, New Balance produces 25% of its footwear in five New England factories.
Whether visitors are arming themselves with knowledge or a bow and arrow, the experts at Cleland's Outdoor World equip them with the training, tools, and accessories they need to do so. Onsite archery instruction includes private lessons, as well as certified training aimed to condition young people for competition in the Junior Olympics. Other classes include knife sharpening and basic firearms lessons, and the shop also carries a variety of equipment with which visitors can exercise their new skills.