Big payouts aren't the only things that draw smiles at Dakota Dunes Casino. Across the facility's 85,000 square feet, visitors break into grins over sprawling buffet, the full-service bar, live entertainment, and, of course, gambling. A multitude of staffers roam the casino floor, ensuring each guest has no cause to frown.
More than 600 machines fill the slot area with electronic beeps and bright neon lights, which display names such as Life of Luxury and Dakota Dunes Mysteries. The largest potential payday comes from the Smoke Signals Jackpot, which awards its winners with at a minimum of $250,000—enough to purchase the entire moon in 1952. Hundreds of machines may dispense thousands of dollars at any given time, while one- and two-cent machines dispense more frequent thrills. Inside the poker room, games of limit and no-limit Texas hold'em stretch well past midnight.
Dakota Dunes Casino also hosts the occasional live music performance from country and bluegrass artists along with other entertainment acts.
Though they owned successful health clubs, the founders of Fitness For 10 were growing frustrated as they floundered to keep profits up while paying salespeople, group fitness trainers, and childcare providers. So they founded Fitness For 10 to cut out the extra fluff, stocking their club with just the workout essentials. Their return to basics paid off, and today, they have more than 10 clubs in the United States and Canada.
At the Regina location, rows of elliptical trainers and other cardio machines line the checkered floor, in addition to three complete exercise circuits, a range of free weights, and SportsArt Fitness strength-training machines. Bright yellow, green, and orange walls energize eyes as guests hit the treadmills or grab exercise balls from the front lobby. After hearty sweat sessions, guests can slip into a tanning bed to bronze their skin for lounging on the beach or distinguishing themselves from their doppelgänger snowmen.
Though Boh’s Cycle & Sporting Goods’ staff stocks racks with gear by The North Face, Thule, and Ripzone, their commitment to outdoor adventure extends beyond the shop’s walls. Certified paddling instructors lead introductory canoe and kayaking lessons down Moose Jaw river, imparting water-slicing basics and teaching the correct hand signals for pizza delivery by the local birdlife. Simple kayak and canoe rentals are also available for up to a full day’s worth of tranquil water traversal for the more confident. When embarking on land voyages, customers can peruse the shop’s selection of bikes and parts, or get adjustments from the shop’s mechanics, who can repair and fine-tune road-weary bikes or sharpen skates and repair skis in the winter. Besides bringing together lovers of the outdoors inside the shop, Boh’s crew also runs a running club that converges Tuesdays and Sundays before setting off for hill climbs and speed drills or distance runs.
Apollo Jump furnishes celebrations with a colourful array of buoyant, bounce-worthy inflatables. Like a catapult aimed at a mattress, the castle bouncer ($120/day) supplies endless high-soaring high jinx. Invite honoured guests to race down a towering 18-foot slide ($175/day), and miniature revellers conquer the Choo-Choo Jump N' Slide ($175/day). The Pedestal Joust can help resolve conflict between duelling lemonade stands and comes with Everlast headgear for optimal safety.
At Big Sky Cycles, skilled, United Bicycle Institute–certified mechanics treat bicycles as if they were their own as they adjust, repair, and clean customers’ two-wheeled steeds. With their collective knowledge and large selection of parts, the team can tackle any kind of service need, from small adjustments to complete rebuilds. Bike experts Zach, Jonathan, Dan, and Jalen treat rides to thorough tune-ups, truing wheels, tensioning brakes, and even explaining what a derailleur does. Shoppers in the market for new wheels can peruse the shop’s selection of new bikes that includes Devinci, Rocky Mountain, Scott, Felt, NS, Nirve cruisers, Canadian-made mountain bikes, and BMXs from Free Agent BMX.
Bobbin winders, needle plates, and feed dogs—the pair of technicians as The Sewing Machine Store have learned the ins and outs of all these components during more than 63 collective years of servicing sewing machines. Although they specialize in models from Pfaff, Singer, Baby Lock, Janome, and Bernina, the experts will tackle any machine whose needle has signed a peace treaty with the fabric it once stabbed, even providing one-day turnaround for those out of town.
In addition to mending broken machines or equipping shoppers with new ones, The Sewing Machine Store—once known as S & S Sewing Centre—also holds acres of quilting fabrics and space for classes. Owner and veteren seamstress Kathy Kennedy preside over many of these lessons, which focus on everything from sewing basics to advanced quilting techniques. In addition to classes, the Saskatoon location also invites guests to use the machines and tools in its pay-by-the-hour sewing lounge whenever their own gear is out of commission.