Escape impending donkey invasions by taking your cobwebbed bicycle out of its dusty nook and bringing it in to Bike Fitters. The bike geniuses know how to make a rust-riddled beater ride as smoothly as a hoverboard, and today's Groupon will get you a full basic bike tune-up. Bike Fitters' skilled mechanics inspect the bike from top to bottom, taking care to note any signs of wear or nests of raccoons. Wheels are adjusted, tire inflation perfected, sticky bits lubed, and brakes primed to optimum efficacy. Following the wheedling, the mechanics also perform a test ride, ensuring optimum safety during the course of all motorless, thigh-powered exploration. Whether you purchased your bike from Bike Fitters or not, they know how to make it a well-oiled, land-cruising machine that will never burst into flames for no reason. See here for Bike Fitters' extensive bike tune-up checklist.
Founded in 1976 and managed by the same owner ever since, Lauden Golf instills that prolific experience into every transaction, from its custom-built equipment to lessons taught by seasoned golf pros, including 10 members of the PGA tour. Private lessons help players refine a number of shots, from tee shots with drivers, to iron-approach shots, and transcendent putts requiring no club at all. Lauden Golf also fills bags with custom clubs such as exclusive Logo wedges, hybrids, and putters, personalized with etchings ranging from names and business logos to a caddy's invaluable advice: "Hit the ball kind of far."
Head pro Bob Mattiace edifies club-toting clientele with golf wisdom gleaned from more than 30 years of golf experience and a professional career that’s highlighted by six tournament championships. As pupils pulverize dimpled orbs inside the studio’s state-of-the-art golf simulator, Bob sizes up swings with the help of the machine’s advanced tracking technology, which unveils crucial information such as swing speed, swing path, club-face position, and whether your 9-iron is actually a sledgehammer. Bob pinpoints bad habits and offers corrective advice to cure chronic shanks, slices, and snap hooks, and the simulator displays a visual illustration of each swing to help pupils more easily iron out technique wrinkles. Each Groupon buyer can opt for a private lesson for a half-hour of one-on-one feedback, or share a lesson with a friend, spouse, or argyle-clad mannequin with a couples lesson.
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach houses free art exhibitions, lectures, and events for the edification of the local public, and membership in its hallowed halls allows a household reduced prices on classes, retail discounts, and invitations to openings and events. Seven-week classes and one-time workshops for kids (member prices $72–$120) and adults (member prices $65–$260) instruct the artistically inclined in electives such as acrylic and oil painting, watercolor, and digital imaging. For those who prefer to work in a fleshier medium, yoga and dance classes whittle muscles into works of art worthy of permanently encasing in glass or spandex.
Rosenblums expert clothiers outfit clients in high-end name-brand threads made from quality materials, fitting fashionable men since 1898 and chic women since the 1960s. The Tory Burch collection features handbags ($185+) that elegantly dangle from shoulders, and Trina Turk ($118+) and Theory ($215+) ornament ladies with various styles, whether they need work-appropriate attire or contemporary, playful prints for dinner dates and dressing mannequins after hours. Wardrobes take kindly to shirts from Ike Behar ($135) and Robert Talbott ($135+), and elevator doors stop politely when obstructed with shoes from Donald J Pliner ($225+). The storefront's made-to-measure consultants will counsel male clients on custom casual or dress wear, measure individual dimensions, and help to choose materials from the Sartorial Collection. In addition, the team can craft personalized flourishes in each garment—from precisely lengthening sleeves to stitching adhesive nametags into breast pockets. Rosenblums also proffers a lifetime of expert alterations in case any attire loses its fitting.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
A'propos carries trendsetting textiles for customers to peruse and try on for size, including blouses, handbags, designer jeans, and dresses. Designer handbags, such as the red suede clutch ($79), accentuate ensembles with functionality, and wardrobe staples such as Linq fuchsia thermal cardigan ($68) offer practical comfort that pairs with a variety of styles. Miss Me jeans embellish back pockets with rhinestones and buttons ($98), and leg-shirts by Makers of True Originals grace backsides with unique stitching designs ($89). Shoes ($42+) and accessories also accentuate outfits with subtle additions such as expandable bangles ($142) that double as dysfunctional slinkies.