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.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
At Modern Dental Studio, Dr. Tripthi Shetty, D.D.S., cares for chompers with expert oral care. Her services range from basic teeth cleanings and oral exams to root canals, fillings, veneers, and extractions via oral surgery or back-to-back apple eating contests. She also offers cosmetic procedures such as Invisalign, crowns, and Zoom! whitening.
Players advance up the scenario field, taking cover behind stacks of tires and holding positions in plywood structures painted to look like rundown buildings. This scene is in contrast to the airball field, where the layout of colorful inflatable bunkers encourages a faster pace of play. No matter the field, Paintball Authority’s referees maintain safe and level play, helping out beginners to make sure they feel comfortable. The staff even leads free clinics on Saturday mornings for young players interested in entering organized team play. In addition to open games, the fields regularly host tournaments and private parties, and the adjacent pro shop keeps combatants fortified with gear, such as markers, clothing, and invisibility serum.