When a great white shark approaches with opened jaws, the last thing you want to do is swing a golf club. But when that same scenario presents itself at Laser Assault, swinging a golf club is exactly what you should do—the path through those jaws leads to one of nine holes on the black-light mini-golf course. Other menacing creatures such as snakes and T-rexes guard the remaining eight holes, which wind their way through murals of aquatic critters and verdant jungle brush.
More creepy neon wall paintings illumine Laser Assault's two-level laser tag arena, whose labyrinthine corridors twist and turn past clusters of barrels and through clouds of fog—a one-minute video grants a vivid tour. Outside the arena, only an air hockey table glows inside the arcade, a non black-light space with classic games such as Hoop Fever—the more exciting sequel to Hoop Indifference.
As they sit before their computers in 50 states, students of Career Step’s online vocational courses commune in real time with professionals in the health-care, administrative, and technological fields. As pupils work toward their final exams over the course of 3- to 12-month programs, student-support advisers offer personal consultations, and technical-support advisers help sort out any computer issues that might interfere with learning. After they earn their touchscreen mortarboards, graduates gain the abundant ears of a team of graduate-support advisers, who help students prepare a resumé, develop their interview technique, and optimize their job search. The flexible pacing means that students don’t have to sacrifice attention to their current career, and ongoing support streamlines the transition to a new one.
"This is your 'let's be realistic but also make it simple and enjoyable' kind of health company!" Health Movement declares on its website, differentiating itself from its competitors. That's because the company swaps out diet drinks and weight-loss supplements for a program that focuses on mindful eating and combating emotional eating with exercise and plenty of sleep. It recognizes the importance of consistency when seeking long-lasting weight loss and works with each client to help meet goals.
The company's dedication to health shines through in its community involvement, too. Health Movement donates 5% of its profits to its community program, which funds projects including playgrounds and community gardens.
Named after Brigham Young University’s furry feline mascot, Cosmo’s Kids Club invites youths to experience the university’s athletic programs both on and off the field. A dozen game vouchers grant access to four football games and eight men’s basketball games, and a Cosmo T-shirt acts as a ticket to all other BYU sporting events. After games, members can hop onto the field of play to practice kicking penalty shots, shooting free throws, or measuring grass to be sure it’s regulation height. Kids up the ante at show-and-tell with stories from facility tours and meet and greets with BYU athletes. The club ensures at-home allegiance with posters, access to Cosmo’s website, and a monthly mailer from the mascot himself.
iQue Repair?s veteran technicians tend to various models of iPods, iPads, and iPhones with prompt, often same-day repairs and services. With an extensive knowledge of Apple products and a 90-day warranty on all parts and service, the team can perform a full array of services?from mending broken screens to overhauling stuck buttons?as well as prevent future breakdowns with cleanings and maintenance. As an extra safety precaution, patrons can register for a two-year unlimited-repair plan, or they can guard against drops and failed hacky-sack demonstrations with impact-cushioning cases. A mail-in program complements the shop?s typical walk-in structure, allowing out-of-towners to have broken electronics refurbished and returned via priority mail.