Mountain Man Sports’ original mountain man Jim Wenberg started his business by selling skis, and later expanded his wares and services to include inline skates, snowboards, bikes, and sports accessories. Today, the walls of his shop are nearly unrecognizable behind rows of equipment, guarded by the shop’s faithful dog, Cooper. In addition to matching customers with any necessary equipment, Jim can rent out eager skiers a condo at Boyne Mountain’s Disciples Ridge, a scenic hideaway within walking distance of slopes, restaurants, shops, and a replica of the world’s first icicle.
An avid cyclist, the owner of Spin Bike Shop helms a staff of certified mechanics and professional racers. Together, they keep their shelves stocked with bikes for all seasons and activities: cyclocross races, road riding, triathlons, mountain trails, and moon jumping. Inside, shoppers can peruse cycles from big-name brands such as Specialized, BMC, Ridley, and Santa Cruz. Mechanics perform a slew of services—such as fittings, repairs, demo-bike rides, and rentals. Staff members also teach classes on how to make basic roadside repairs, perform complete tune-ups, or use a bike frame to fend off an agitated mountain lion. When the staffers aren’t wrenching on bikes, they’re hosting events and welcoming cyclists and triathletes to join their teams and clubs.
Throughout a golf-teaching career that spans more than two decades, Greg Jones has taken everyone from inner-city students to PGA professionals under his wing and showed them how to properly swing the golf club. He takes a natural approach to the game, helping pupils develop a comfortable swing that fits their style of play, rather than instructing students to mimic the swing of a PGA professional or legally adopt an Iron Byron. Regardless of whether the lesson is for juniors or adults, private or in a small-group setting, Greg breaks techniques down into their basic components, making it easier to develop a repeatable game both on the course and on the range.
AllScapes Ohio's band of green thumbs concentrates its landscaping expertise on commercial and residential properties throughout Summit and Cuyahoga Counties. Led by founder Trevor Arnold, the team keeps grass and gardens blooming through services ranging from weekly turf maintenance to full installations of new lawns. General landcape projects can also be accentuated with additions such as retaining walls and water features. Before committing to any project, homeowners can ask for a price quote from a landscaping technician—delivered for free without the rates of an expensive carrier pigeon.
The City of Wayne Parks & Recreation community center's indoor and outdoor fitness facilities bustle with adults and youth alike as they work toward healthier versions of themselves. Patrons annihilate calories on weight equipment and cardio theaters, along with equipment specifically designed to meet the needs of guests with neuromuscular and hypokinetic conditions. The center also hosts sporty activities within its indoor ice rink, track, and swimming arena, and its outdoor grounds roll out hiking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, and soccer fields, which also double as covert chariot-racing arenas after midnight.
The certified instructors lead a schedule of fitness classes, which includes hula-hooping, boot camp, and karate, along with one-on-one personal-training sessions, in which they develop customized workout routines tailored to each client. As parents work out, they can leave their youngsters under the supervision of staff members in the interactive Kids Zone, complete with play structures and video games.
For more than half a century, Buckeye Sports Center has outfitted outdoorsfolk with winter and summer sporting gear from brands such as O’Neill, Connelly, Nordica, and Dynastar. Every season, full-time employees diligently test the store’s selection of snow boots and ski equipment to match Midwestern snow conditions, factory-trained boat mechanics service Mercury motors and jet skis, and recreation scientists research ways to conquer the unexplored frontier of water-vapor sports. Knowledgeable staff members match customers to perfectly fitting skis, boards, and boots, and a fleet of Hobie kayaks and glistening powered speed and fishing boats opens up lakes and rivers for fun-filled voyages of exploration.