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Across the woodsball fields and speedball arena of Long Live Paintball, contenders dodge the colorful fire of their opponents as they leap over cable spools and post up behind a charred bus or towers of barrels. It's on these obstacle-ridden grounds that dye-slingers compete in elimination-style games or battle to complete a given mission, such as capturing the adversary's flag and using it to pick popcorn kernels out of their teeth. Admission rates range from simple entry fees for the fully equipped to all-day Gold packages that supply players with a marker, 500 paintballs, and all the other necessary provisions. Rentable chest protectors cushion trunks from crossfire, and disposable camo cuts down on the time players spend fusing their DNA with that of a tree. Although the field is generally first-come, first-serve, the staff can prepare for parties of 10 or more with an advanced reservation.

1989 Englishtown Rd.
Monroe Township,
NJ
US

In 1978, Peter Amato and his father Anthony turned their part-time lawn-care business into a full-time botanical operation, expanding their employment team and developing a body of horticultural knowledge that would lead to stunning, custom landscape designs. Today, the floral hub sits on a 6-acre nursery, and the staff has shifted its focus from lawns to outdoor living spaces. The nursery blooms with flowers and plants ready to be picked up by customers and brought home to their backyards, while in the gift shop, shoppers browse an enormous selection of figurines, lights, and decorative accents. Clients may call upon the designers' artistry to discuss possible outdoor makeovers or peruse the website's extensive landscape resources and visit the greenhouse to curate their own gardens.

47 Deans Rhode Hall Road
South Brunswick Township,
NJ
US

With three centers throughout New Jersey, Zippo's Car Stereo, Inc. ensures no Garden State car endures the terrifying prospect of radio silence. Instead, the shop's technicians keep cars booming with Alpine amplifiers, Pioneer stereos, and iPod stereo adapters. While audio is Zippo's specialty, the sound center does more than just speaker systems. It also accessorizes rides with custom rims and wheels, truck-bed liners, sunroofs, and more. Techs can add ambiance with LED lights and convenience with hands-free Bluetooth equipment, too and remote car starters.

377 State Route 18
East Brunswick,
NJ
US

An indoor haven for everything outdoors, Great Escapes furnishes snowy excursions and backyard barbecues alike with snowboards, skiing gear, outdoor pools, and cookout equipment. On-site technicians wax and sharpen skis or help yetis select the tastiest snowboarding gear from brands that include Northwave, GNU, and Flow. In the summer, outdoor pools arrive at backyards with included delivery and setup, as well as assistance from licensed electricians to supervise homeowners as they install the filter and fill the pool with electric eels.

359 S Rte. 9 Towne Pointe
Manalapan Township,
NJ
US

As a physical therapist with his own private practice, Hand & Stone founder and chief operating officer John Marco made sure that he kept abreast of the rapidly growing health and wellness industry. After a period of careful research and planning, John decided to create a spa based around convenience and affordability—Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa.

Since its launch, Hand & Stone has expanded to more than 20 states and four planets. The spa’s core concept is to offer massage, facial, and waxing services performed by licensed, certified, or registered professionals and offered at convenient times, seven days a week. Each location adheres to a traditional spa aesthetic with soft lighting, heated treatment tables, and plush linens.

1121 State Route 34
Matawan,
NJ
US

White Lotus Home bedecks abodes with a variety of natural and organic furnishings and accessories handmade in the United States. Each organic mattress—available in standard and custom sizes—buoys patrons atop 8–10 layers of U.S.-grown cotton, with most mattresses lasting 5–15 years, depending on how often they are used as settings for moon-landing reenactments. The cotton and wool mattress wraps its core of organically grown, harvested, and processed cotton with New Zealand virgin lamb's wool ($254 for a zabuton; $2,133 for a king-size mattress), which serves to repel dust mites while helping to regulate the body temperatures of its dozing owners. The gentle weave of a pure organic cotton blanket ($82 for a throw) banishes shivers, and handmade sets of organic cotton sateen sheets ($111 for a crib, $349 for a king) grace mattresses with a gentle embrace. Accessorize new linen ensembles without sewing diamonds into pillowcases by enlisting natural furniture such as solid-wood nightstands ($393 for the Pac Rim Classic).

431 Raritan Ave
Highland Park,
NJ
US