Recently featured in the New York Times, Thrillist, and other popular publications, Peasants & Travelers proffers packs that turn an overburdened buck into a refined gentleman carrying off class, taste, and multifarious personal effects. Made with attractive, nontraditional materials, the Urbane Village saddle bag offers an alternative to a messenger bag and carries with comfort using a cross-body strap that extends up to 60 inches ($95). Lend a warm shoulder to the Metro-Envelope iPad bag, a flat, compact organizer with magnetic closure, dress-shirt lining, and plenty of room for stowing protective eye cushioning when not engaged in rough-and-tumble staring contests ($59). For short business trips, the Metro-Weekend bag has a lightweight design, interior and exterior pockets, and enough room for several days of travel or one day of travel spent collecting state birds ($139).
Sentinels of Freedom Foundation is dedicated to helping permanently disabled veterans readjust to civilian life. These former service members are connected with mentors and provided with up to four years of scholarships to assist them in finding homes, continuing their education, and searching for work. The organization caters to those rated 60% or more disabled owing to blindness, deafness, burns, paralysis, or amputated limbs. Since its inception, Sentinels of Freedom has awarded 115 scholarships to these sorts of veterans to help them remake their lives.
Established in 1989, Flying Vikings aviation school has certified many pilots in its lifetime. The owners honed their curriculum and expanded their fleet over the years, and the school's two locations now boast a flight simulator and large collection of Cessnas, Beeches, and Pipers between them. Teachers offer programs that help students explore a budding love or flying or train and test for FAA certifications to pilot small aircraft or own a cloud as a pet.
PosePrints is the mind child of mother-daughter team Denise and Jen, who are known to uncontrollably shudder at the sight of generic cards. Each customized card allow you to transform your likeness and up to one other likeness (only two figures can inhabit the same card) into rosy, illustrated caricatures that are darling enough to grace the cover of any greeting. You can assemble your paper doppelganger from a selection of hairstyles and colors, eye shapes and expressions, outfits, accessories, and more. Men, women, kids, and babies are all available to construct, mad-doctor-style.
The staffers at Hard Candy Cases amass protective gear for iPhones, cell phones, iPods, tablets, and MacBooks, ensuring that each item meets high standards for engineering and style. MacWorld and the New York Times have both acknowledged the company’s sleek, functional iPad cases, with the latter recommending Hard Candy Cases’ bubble-sleeve products for their chic minimalism. Form-fitting iPad 2 street skins protect vulnerable screens with a magnetic, integrated enclosure, whereas chic, enameled styluses—compatible with pads, phones, and pods—flip to reveal a secondary ink pen for signing business documents or U.N. peace treaties. The original designs, constructed by top-notch engineers, spring from analytical research, and laser model scanners ensure the quality of all the fashion-savvy accessories.
LeMans Karting helps visitors satisfy their needs for speed, safety, and social interaction. Nine-horsepower SODI RX 7 karts take drivers soaring at speeds of up to 42 mph across indoor and outdoor tracks as they compete for the fastest finish. High-grip track surfaces help drivers reach top speeds, and high-visibility lighting and flagmen keep everyone safe as they round corners and pass other drivers on the wide course. On certain days, the staff connects the indoor and outdoor track into a single, giant mega track that hosts extended races when it’s not busy fighting Godzilla.
LeMans Karting also offers endurance racing for drivers who want to sharpen their driving skills or land a job as Vin Diesel’s chauffer. The center also offers private parties for birthdays and bachelor parties and can help plan charity or corporate events.