The satisfying clap of a cue ball making a perfect break sounds out, followed by a round of clicks as the colorful spheres bounce across green felt. The smell of steak fills the room, and glasses of beer clink on the bar. A couple gets up to dance across the hardwood floor as a local band plays. On Wednesday nights, a rousing selection of more than 28,000 karaoke songs—updated weekly—offers crooners the chance to finally sing the extended concert version of "Happy Birthday." Flat-screen TVs glow over rows of tables, where freshly formed, half-pound burgers rest on plates during lunch and dinner.
Serving gadget enthusiasts since 1978, Hear No Evil can equip any home or vehicle with the latest stereos, TVs, speakers, and sound- and vision-enhancing devices. The massive showroom boasts gizmos from brands such as Samsung, Krell, Alpine, and JL Audio. Enthusiastic employees help customers with challenges such as purchasing audiovisual electronics, figuring out which stereo system to buy, or cloning a doppelg?nger to help them watch every episode of The X Files. Versatile electronic experts draw from a wide range of knowledge to program and design custom sound systems for vehicles, businesses, and living spaces.
The menu at MacGregor's Public House reads like an atlas of the Scottish highlands. The burgers—such as the Pentland with cool tzatziki—are each named for a region of the little nation. Composed of lamb and beef, the juicy patties are hormone- and antibiotic-free and carry inventive toppings such as pan-fried pastrami and Granny Smith coleslaw. Shepherd's pie and fish 'n' chips further the sensation that one has stepped into a public house in the Scottish countryside, and pies made from scratch cool, their golden crusts covered with melting ice cream like a bad magician at third grader’s birthday.
At Courthouse Athletic Club’s six locations throughout the Salem area, the cheering of children and the warm pop of tennis balls against rackets fill the air. Stationary cycles, treadmills, basketball courts, and swimming pools help visitors to work toward fitness, train for triathlons, or teach a basketball to swim. Indoor and outdoor courts span the tennis center’s grounds, hosting matches and instruction sessions in both sunny and snow-laden months. Training opportunities are available for children and adults, with private lessons and group sessions covering yoga, Zumba, Pilates, cardio, tennis, basketball, and swimming. Courthouse Athletic Club also hosts children’s movie nights and a dance academy.
The sparkle of coal is a common sight in mineshafts, but no minerals have ever been found in Warpaint International's mineshaft. Instead, the splatter of fired paintballs covers the walls, just as it does in the newly renovated, 20,000-square-foot arena's other three play zones. Within the exciting facility, competitors can navigate the small homes of an indoor shantytown and crouch behind stacked barrels in an otherwise sparse mock-hotel.
JT SplatMaster Paintball offers a gentler version of paintball for younger players who have outgrown Extreme Contact Face Painting. And Warpaint International has partnered with Sniperz Den Paintball in St. Paul to host once-a-month events on more than 50 acres ripe for play, including seven bases replete with flags. Players can also stop by the full pro shop to stock up on markers, paintballs, and other related apparel.