Inside the nearly 6,000-square-foot Gent's Boxing Club, trainers turn punch-shy patrons into confident fist-slingers, testing their newfound sparring skills in a full-size ring. Before women and men step through the ropes, instructors run them through customized one-on-one or group training regimens that incorporate equipment such as weights, cardio machines, and more than 40 bags. Teachers also construct strenuous workouts around jabs, fancy footwork, and techniques for using referees as human shields in boxing fitness classes six days a week. Adept at working with beginners and pros alike, the club's trainers take any student above the age of eight.
The Rogers family knows the importance of keeping critters out of the home. With their bug-busting services, they oust everything from ants and roaches to scorpions, crickets, bed bugs, and ticks. Their pest control is centered on power sprays around home perimeters, fencing, rock beds, pools, and patio pillars. Inside, they spray along baseboards and throughout garages. They also take a thorough approach toward preventing rodents and even weeds from taking up residence.
Today’s Patio carries a vast assortment of outdoor furniture, accessories, patio umbrellas, and seasonal items to properly festoon yards and porches. Cover-needy customers can shade themselves with a 9’ sesame market umbrella ($199), or swathe sun drenched seats with a 54” round table & chairs cover ($77.99), providing loving protection from the elements and clever covering from nearsighted thieving yetis. Utilizing gears, motors, and dozens of electronic sundials, the double faced hanging wall clock ($189) helps homeowners stay abreast of the time and ensures avian youth homes never miss a worm loaf Thursday meal again.
Feats of wheel-based athleticism flourish at American Made Ride Shop, where staffers stock bikes, skateboards, and sporty accessories and apparel. Not Cal Clothing and Rath Industries tees and hoodies shield bodies from weather or falling bits of sky as they zoom down boulevards atop DK bikes or beach cruisers. Bmx tires and seats transform personal cycles into pro two-wheelers, and Bucky Lasek helmets guard noggins in case of a spill. The shop’s bike techs back up their sales with detailing services that guarantee safe, smooth excursions, erasing damaged caused by years of off-roading or popping wheelies in tar pits.
At Bicycle Ranch, guests will find a staff of experienced bike mechanics and a fleet of top-of-the-line road bikes, mountain bikes, and biking gear. One thing they won't find, though is sales pressure; the shop's staff is way too busy making sure customers are enjoying themselves––preferably by swapping a good ride story over a cup of coffee––to waste time on cheap selling tactics.
That commitment to customer service is exactly what made current owners Markus Zimmer and Andy Peshek buy the business in the first place. Both had been loyal customers under the original owner and took it upon themselves to safeguard the same level of customer appreciation for the next generation of bike enthusiasts. Their expert staff includes fitting specialist Chris Pulleyn, whose work helped win the shop recognition in Triathlete Magazine as one of the country's best bike fitters. In addition to fittings, tune-ups, and repairs, the staff hosts monthly maintenance clinics that teach cyclists how to change flat tires, perform minor adjustments, and explain to their training wheels that they need to move on.
Tuesday and Thursday nights, Bicycle Ranch also leads cycling treks around the city with separate rides for road and mountain bikes. Saturday mornings welcome riders to pedal alongside others of the same experience level, with all groups reconvening at the shop for coffee afterwards.