Armed with rental equipment, guests on All Star Paintball Arena's 13,500-square foot indoor field recharge their guns at three self-fill stations in between rounds spent ducking behind inflatables to dodge incoming splatter. Designed by avid players, the year-round field—heated in winter and air-conditioned in summer—hosts matches five days a week along with occasional cash tournaments and even a recent episode of TLC's Cake Boss. Along with its main playing area, All Star Paintball Arena houses on-site refreshments and snacks in case paint alone doesn’t suffice as friend-splattering ammo. To boot, a fully staffed pro-shop stocks an ever-growing inventory of brand-name gear.
Most popular offering: Glass-bottled milk
Pro Tip: Create a standing order.
What sets your business apart from your competition?
I have no competition. I am the only glass-bottled milk service on Staten Island—the last of a dying breed. All our products are 100% natural and certified hormone-free. Other food companies like to fill your freezer with expensive plans. With us, you order what you want when you want—no minimums.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
I wanted to own a route and have a product that would be a weekly repeat order. I was looking for something different that would make me stand out.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I provide a service for people who are busy and want excellent, healthy products. Our milk is delivered the day that it is made—store-bought milk is not nearly as fresh. I am 100% dependable delivering on holidays and through all weather conditions. People have come to depend on me, and I make it my business to be there.
We set up a basic order, where the customer lets me know what products and amounts they go through on a weekly basis. They receive that standing order unless they change it. In addition to the milk, I carry a full line of dairy [goods], plus gourmet meats and seafood.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
I often get stopped on my route by people telling me that they can't believe a milkman is still around. They always have a great story to tell me about how they got delivery when they were younger. The little kids get a kick over bringing in the bottles—they often wait for me.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
The hours I work afford me more family time. I am a people person, and I get to speak with all my customers. I like offering a service that carries with it a sense of nostalgia, while still offering a very solid product that people need and depend on.
To call The Body Shop a mere skin and body care store is to miss half of what makes it special. Late founder Dame Anita Roddick was a pioneer for ethical business practices; upon opening her first store in Brighton, England, in 1976, she developed company values such as "Defend Human Rights" and "Protect The Planet." She somehow balanced principles and profit, partnering in global campaigns with UNICEF, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and the United Nations, all while ultimately expanding her brand into 2,500 locations in over 60 international markets. After her death in 2007, then-British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said, “She campaigned for green issues for many years before it became fashionable to do so and inspired millions to the cause by bringing sustainable products to a mass market. . . . She was an inspiration.”
Indeed, the Body Shop exhibits an eco-friendliness and social consciousness that's hard to come by in a company of its size. Its products have been fair-trade since 1987, and its Against Animal Testing movement led to an EU-wide ban of animal testing of cosmetics. The products are made from ingredients harvested from around the world: shea butter from Ghana goes into body scrubs and butters, and Indian artisans craft wooden massagers and tote bags that are screenprinted by hand. But all that isn't to say the company's production practices overshadow its final products. Skincare treatments such as the brand’s iconic body butters, facial products, and gift collections often appear in Allure, Marie Claire, Lucky, Seventeen and other national publications.