Deadwood certainly seems abandoned. A wooden church, saloon, and jail all line the main drag, which looks relatively untouched from the town's apocryphal founding in 1876. But then it happens: a small orb of paint zooms down from the roof of the nearby inn, revealing that you are not alone. The ghost town comes back to life in a high-speed game of paintball.
Fort Knox Paintball looks like something out a paintball player's wildest dreams, assuming their dreams are monitored by friendly judges. The outdoor grounds sprawl across more than a dozen play areas, including "The Town of Deadwood" and the "Bridge on the River Kwai." That long, wooden bridge takes players over water and within sight of the POW Camp, where opponents might lurk inside any building. An 86-foot long pirate ship helps players disappear into the Bermuda Triangle, and then there's the eponymous Fort Knox field. Five towers and three stories form a secure team base?but the surrounding woods offers countless places for invaders to hide.
In addition to walk-on play, Fort Knox Paintball often hosts "big games," during which the best paintball players can compete for victory.
Gardeners Bruce and Aimee Johnson channel their shared passion for landscaping into Woodland Gardens' verdant acreage, which abounds with beautiful flora selected to appeal to both the avid collector and casual gardener. The thriving nursery ships out a stunning array of hostas and charming daylilies bred to ensure a uniformly brilliant color that only enhances nature’s subtle variations. The plants’ reliable blooms often last long into the autumn months, and their excellent table manners make them ideal for bouquet centerpieces. Though the online store features a vast selection of hostas and daylilies, a visit to the nursery—where Japanese maple trees grow alongside a host of rare and interesting plants—is a gift in its own right. Selections appeal to avid hosta and japanese maple collectors, as well as casual gardeners.
When Viva Vitamins’ cofounders decided to join forces in 1996, it was a symbiotic partnership. One brought his experience as a wellness counselor, and the other brought hers as a fitness and nutrition guru. The two backgrounds formed a well-rounded foundation for their next venture—a line of alternative health products. Today, their extensive selection of athletic supplements, minerals, herbs, and multivitamins is endorsed by a team of doctors and available at stores in 19 states. A staff of certified dietary supplement specialists advises customers on what may be needed now and in the future to ensure your bodies continued well-being, including many products featured on Dr. Oz.
Since 1947, Mid-City Supply Co.’s friendly staffers have helped avid home improvers to outfit their digs in premium products. Nowadays, the experienced showroom staff displays much smarter fixtures, from faucets that turn on with the tap of a hand to eco-friendly water heaters powered by domesticated dragons. Though technology has changed, the company keeps quality high, stocking name brands such as Delta, American Standard, Toto, Gerber, Brizo, and Elkay. Customers can check out items in person at one of six showrooms in two states. To give back to the communities that helped them to grow, the company regularly donates to United Way.
Max 10 stocks a bevy of discounted brand-name apparel for men, women, and children. Frugal fashionistas can rummage through designer collections from Lee, Apple Bottoms, Levi's, Fubu, and more to find stylish swaddlings for any season. Shoppers can snag wardrobe basics from myriad $10 clothing items, or opt for the higher-end ensemble pieces ranging from $12.99–$19.99 without sacrificing any innocent Bills from their wallets.
Gordmans restocks bureaus and residential nooks with an expansive inventory of name-brand merchandise discounted below department store prices, including team apparel and seasonal decorations. Flaunt support for a collegiate club by sliding arm branches through an Illinois color-block polo ($24.99). Fans can also don a pair of Chicago Bears lounge pants ($19.99), ideal for relaxing while watching the game or ripping off to expose Mike Ditka knee tattoos. Artistic wall art festoons vacant environs in colorful creations, such as canvases coated in tones of still-life wine ($24.99) and scenic vistas ($29.99+). Alternatively, a harvest of men's and women's fragrances allows shoppers to uncork new scents for seasonal parties, class reunions, and heated negotiations with the shopping-mall Santa Claus.