For more than two decades, Paxton Sports Centre has encouraged healthy living with its large tennis, swimming, and fitness facilities. During warm months, six outdoor red clay courts beckon competitive tennis athletes, and four indoor courts accommodate year-round play. The indoor pool allows swimmers to hone their butterfly stroke, and the outdoor pool allows butterflies to emulate humans by doing cannonballs. The complex’s fitness facility bolsters muscle mass with free weights, Keiser fitness machines, and spin bikes.
Concrete Wave brings a slice of California style to the Northeast. For more than 20 years, the shop's primary focus has been skateboarding. In addition to stocking decks and boards from makers such as Alien Workshop, Zero, and Original Longboards, Concrete Wave sells skate shoes and clothes from Nike, DC, Vans, and Volcom, among others.
Despite the emphasis on skating—which extended to the opening of a partner skate park in 2008—the shop is also as passionate about powder as an enthusiastic makeup artist. Technicians in the board shop tune up snowboards in preparation for the winter snow season and also sell boards, boots, bindings, and apparel from brands such as Salomon, Vans, DC, and Dakine.
Kleen 'n Hard Sports' experienced staff repairs and restrings threadbare sports equipment until it's worthy of entering the equipment emporium's Valhalla of new and used sporting goods. Every preowned pad, helmet, stick, ball, and color commentator springs back to life sanitized and deodorized after undergoing Kleen 'n Hard’s thorough cleaning system, which lays waste to harmful bacteria and steroid-enhanced microbes. Protect newborn hockey skates with a set of skate protectors ($6.99–$9.99) or prepare for handicap-hoisting golf courses by outfitting bags with a dozen used balls ($5.99). An assemblage of practice hockey jerseys ($13.95) can put the finishing touches on Wayne Gretzky–themed Valentine’s Day costumes. Kleen 'n Hard also sharpens hockey skates ($5), restrings baseball gloves ($10), and both makes custom golf clubs and unpretzels them after particularly frustrating bogeys.
The expert caretakers at Barney's Bicycle refurbish bedraggled bikes with a comprehensive, tires-to-handlebars tune-up. With the surgical precision of Doogie Howser, friendly staffers recalibrate wheels to cure listing bikes, adjust brakes and derailleurs, check the bearings, and test out tire pressure. Up-tuners also perform holistic restorations including bicycle tightening and adjustment, general lubrication, and cleansing frames of common contaminants such as gravel dust, mud, and earthworm stowaways. Groupon–holding cyclists can also receive a 10% discount on all over-the-counter two-wheeler essentials, such as gimmick horns and handlebar-mounted convection ovens.
With the opening of its first store in 1989, Eastern Boarder established a foothold in the then nascent extreme-sports category and has since ridden the explosion in popularity of skating, snowboarding, and BMX. Today, at each of its five stores, devotees of these now mainstream sports can find gear, accessories, and apparel by manufacturers such as Volcom, Neff, and Nike. In recognition of its staying power, Snowboarder magazine named Eastern Boarder the Coolest Shop in the Country in spite of several sabotage attempts on its thermostat. The shop also sponsors a pro snowboarding team that’s been acclaimed by the likes of ESPN Action Sports.