Ridge Runner Sports trains its staff of harriers in assessing fellow runners' needs, ensuring precise pairings of quality running shoes, apparel, and accessories. Based on an analysis of their foot structure, gait, and ability to play recorder with their toes, customers slip into shoes designed for normal, flat, or high arches. Pairs of Mizuno Inspire ($99) and Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove ($124) shoes stabilize and cushion feet and maintain a dashing, only mildly intimidating look. A variety of inserts slide into any shoe, enhancing arch support for aggrieved tootsies. Boasting brands such as Feetures technical running socks ($24.95), Ridge Runner Sports stocks its sock wall with a cornucopia of styles that keep feet dry, compressed, and free of blisters. FuelBelt two-bottle hydration belts ($42.95) strap duos of canteens to sprinter hips, and purified aqua accompanies joggers with CamelBak Groove portable filtration systems ($24.95).
Described by Kansas City Golf Tournament & Travel Magazine as "Ozark Mountain golf at its finest," LedgeStone Country Club’s course boasts a satisfying combination of both picturesque scenery and challenging design. The course’s "front and back nines flow seamlessly," and welcome guests during peak golfing season and even during traditional golfer hibernation months, either on the greens or inside the 27,000-square-foot clubhouse. There, visitors will find a pool, tennis courts, and a restaurant.
As mobile on water as they are on land, the vehicles known as Ducks give passengers a unique sightseeing experience. Branson's fleet of Ducks disembarks from the Entertainment District, and proves its all terrain capabilities by scaling Baird Mountain on a terrestrial tour that passes Table Rock Dam and a herd of historic American military vehicles and splashes down in Table Rock Lake. Once the Ducks make it to the water, adults and kids alike can really get a feel of amphibian freedom as the captain gives them the option of taking the wheel for themselves.
Superior Rents' owners, Dan and Steve Wohnoutka, trace the genesis of their business back to their own childhoods spent on a modestly equipped farm. With an appreciation for how proper tools and equipment can make projects run smoother, they decided to stock three locations with plumbing, construction, and lawn-care equipment for homeowners and contractors to rent on an hourly, daily, or weekly basis. Their online catalog hosts a roster of rental equipment, from power drills for household projects to forklifts for hanging Do Not Disturb signs on asteroids. Customers can arrange for equipment to be delivered to their work site or drop by one of three locations—including a newly opened site in Springfield—to pick up gear.
Alongside wide parking spaces for RV trailers, Fishing Tales RV Park welcomes visitors to bunk in four fully furnished rustic wooden cabins shaded by the clingy hugs of trees. The Oberle family oversees the campground and fills each cabin with double beds and futons, with three holding bunk beds, as well as flat-screen TVs, shared bathrooms, and private kitchens. They stock kitchen spaces with modern amenities such as stoves and coffeemakers, and visitors can also venture outside to raised porches populated by charcoal grills and deck furniture. The adjacent Weaver's Tackle Store builds on nearly 40 years of history hawking bait, tackle, and gear for fly-fishing and spin casters. Rods, reels, fishing line, and vests hang on racks beside colorful jigs poured and hand tied by local craftsmen and taste tested by local fish. An onsite coffee bar nourishes visitors before they test out equipment in the waterways of Bennett Spring State Park and Trout Springs Fishing Resort and cast their lines between shores brimming with dense foliage.