Jon boats and pontoons putter across the calm waters of Wilgreen Lake Marina, while just beneath the surface, bass and bluegill flit past fishing lines. Founded by passionate bass angler Randy Nunley, the idle-speed marina strives to serve as a fisherman’s oasis. In addition to the rental fleet, a bait shop peddles live bait, tackle, and waterproof love notes for luring in fish. Nunley also fires up competitive spirits with annual bass tournaments.
If the thought of rolling dice to make decisions sounds appealing, Cosmic Oasis has plenty of dice available—along with a menu of creative sandwiches, the gaming café has more than 100 board games that customers can play free of charge as they nosh on tasty cuisine. The menu includes inventive sandwiches such as the bacon apple bistro, which blends bacon, apple slices, provolone, apple jelly, and tarragon with honey dijon. They also top nachos with barbecue pork, melted cheddar, and jalapeños, and desserts include sweet treats such as Reese’s peanut-butter cheesecake. As diners down a sweet bubble tea or coffee frappe, they can avail themselves of more than 100 games including Dungeons & Dragons, Game of Thrones, Magic: The Gathering, Say Anything, and Wits & Wagers.
For the team at Wildcat Mattress, getting a good night's sleep is serious business. That's why they don't employ pushy sales tactics to coerce customers into buying just any mattress. Instead, they educate guests, answering questions in person and providing research tools on their website.
In addition to guiding guests toward a good night's sleep, the team also works to support the local economy. They source the coils and foams that go into their inventory directly from Kentucky-based manufacturers.
At Little's Detail Center, owner Lawana Wilson employs her decade of detailing experience to polish the insides and outsides of vehicles of all types. Clients can arrive in anything from the smallest of two-wheeled motorbikes to the largest of commercial big rigs, boats, or blimps, leaving their precious modes of transportation in the hands of skilled detailers. Technicians cleanse exteriors before laying down layers of protective wax and cleaning seats, dashes, windows, and grimy engine blocks.
It all began with a Chinese takeout box. Jason Lucash and Mike Syzmcak were fed up with lugging speakers around during their travel-heavy careers and realized the potential for creating an audio device that listeners could break down to a fraction of its size when they weren't using it. Foldable, compact, and easily recyclable, the Chinese takeout box created the perfect model—and thus the inspiration—for a device that was eventually named one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2009. Made of heavy-duty recycled paper that pops up into a 3-inch cube, Fold and Play speakers became the first of OrigAudio's many innovative music makers. Today, the company honors that first serendipitous idea as it creates a full line of unusual audio devices. From the Rock-It, which uses vibration to turn virtually any object into an audio source, to custom products—such as the Doodle speaker and Designears headphones—that bear their customers' artwork, photos, or portraits of fallen headphones, OrigAudio keeps both portability and the environment in mind with every invention it spawns. The company also maintains a passion for charitable causes and donates a portion of each sale to the community-building efforts of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Music National Service.
The rug-scrubbers at Kentucky's Finest Carpet Care use an oscillating-pad system to cleanse fibers with minimal moisture, rejecting harsh chemical systems or steam methods that leave dirt trapped within sopping carpets. A nontoxic, biodegradable cleaner preps indoor lawns for cleaning before cotton pads set to work evicting grime. Carpets dry in about an hour, allowing homeowners to resume making shag-angels in dining spaces. Kentucky's Finest Carpet Care manufactures the equipment they use worldwide, empowering other businesses to eschew ineffective methods in favor of oscillating carpet scrub-downs.