A distributor of children's playground and sports equipment, Recreations Outlet has been fortifying playtime with safely constructed fun fixtures since 1990. The outlet houses an expansive show room brandishing apparatuses that parents can purchase and install at home, such as monkey towers, and fenced-in Springfree trampolines that keep kids in and competitive kangaroos out. In addition to its regular shopping hours, Recreations Outlet invites little ones to come test out the fun factor of its wares during open-play sessions or hosted birthday parties.
As he cycled across the United States on a bike tour, Matthew Johnson made a decision: after his trip, he would open a bike shop, one that emphasized quality gear and education for beginners. In 1994, he and his friends Eric Krause and Mitch Graham did just that, and BioWheels was born. The team specializes in bikes custom-built to their client's specifications; they also customize stock bicycles with free stem swaps, which help ensure comfortable riding.
Tim Rogers couldn't shake the sense of injustice he felt when he walked into a sporting-goods store. He witnessed too many parents loading up on expensive gear for their kids under the direction of a store employee who possessed about as much sports knowledge as a blind referee. So the chiropractor, sports physician, and personal-training expert took matters into his own hands and founded Lax Haus. Along with partner and former military official Corey Flannery, Tim and his team of coaches bring their in-depth lacrosse knowledge to a storefront of lacrosse gear and clothing, as well as a 5,000-square-foot training space. That's where they teach lacrosse players of all abilities at group classes or custom-tailored private lessons.
At Handy Bikes, sunlight pours through floor-to-ceiling windows, ricocheting between the glistening spokes, frames, and handlebars that hang suspended in neatly aligned rows. For the past 30 years, the privately owned bicycle shop has helped bikers keep on bikin’, filling its racks and display cases with everything from new parts to hard-to-find accessories. Brands such as Raleigh, Haro, and Torker stand out from the store's extensive inventory, which cycles through a variety of interests with kids' bikes, tandems, unicycles, and more. While riders graze the healthy harvest of wheeled products, Handy Bikes' friendly, knowledge-packed staff chomps at the bit to answer questions and demonstrate the proper technique for feeding oats to baby mountain bikes.
Owner Jared Cavileer and his crew roll a cherry-red Leader 722TS outside the shop, lean it against a brick pillar, and snap a picture. The keepsake signals the end of another bike restoration, but serves as a tangible memento for another job well done. Technicians repeat this process every day at Revolution Cycles, where their bike tune-ups help to keep two-wheelers from being ridden by the Grim Reaper. Their shop's exposed-brick walls backdrop a selection of stylish parts and accessories, including Gorilla frames, Soma Major Taylor track bars, and Brooks saddles and cycling bags.
Having baked its delicate desserts of destiny for the celebrity likes of Oprah, Jackie Chan, and others, Fancy Fortune Cookies offers a handsome array of crack-openable creations like the chocolate-covered-raspberry fortune cookie ($1.15 each), chocolate-covered cookie ($1.10 each), and cherry-flavored cookie ($0.65 each). You can also make yourself feel tiny by ordering one-pound gigantic fortune cookies ($29.95+) and much more. Check out Fancy Fortune Cookies' larger-than-normal-fortune-cookie-sized selection of flavors here.