When Brian McInerney reflects on the humble beginnings of Wheel Fun Rentals, he points to his childhood passion for bikes. "As far back as I can remember, I had a real love affair with bicycles," he recalls. During a trip to Italy in 1987, Brian's affinity for cycling blossomed into a full-fledged obsession when he spotted locals' transporter of choice, the surrey. Inspired, he began importing the Italian four-wheelers to a rental business in the U.S. that eventually expanded into Wheel Fun Rentals, now a nationwide web of shops that also loans out bikes, electric cars and mopeds, and man-powered watercraft. Adventuresome athletes can also compete in activities such as surrey scavenger hunts and blindfold obstacle courses navigated via shouted instructions from a seeing teammate or exceptionally long rounds of trial and error.
Island Scooter’s rentable cycles unveil the beauty of Anna Maria Island by facilitating daylong explorations of its sunny paths and shores. Helmets protect skulls, and island maps protect the pride of those who dislike asking for directions or accidentally biking through lobster picnic grounds. Starting at Silver Surf, the island’s picturesque landscapes unfurl before cyclists with each looping push of the pedal. Helpful staffers arrange drop off and pickup of people-powered mounts for couples wishing for a different starting point or those looking to take in the sunset from another island vantage, such as atop the parapets of a newly built sand castle.
Hailing from Buenos Aires, instructor Javier Rochwarger and the crew at Sangha Space connect students to each other and the community through the art of movement. As the instructors lead classes, lively Latin rhythms, jazzy swing tunes, and the names of ancient yoga poses echo throughout the spacious dance hall, bouncing off the exposed beams on the vaulted ceilings and ricocheting into a welcoming fireplace. Visitors peering over the second-story balcony may spy Lori Coyle-Magen and her husband Eran Magen demonstrating the passionate steps of the Argentine tango that they've been perfecting since the night they met. Sangha's dance workshops and classes don’t require a partner, and regular social events let students practice new moves, make new friends, and wear down the dangerously sharp point of their new dancing heels.
In addition to other dance and cultural classes led by visiting teachers, yoga instructors Pamela and Emily stop by several times a week to conduct yoga sessions focused on proper movement and form for beginner or advanced practitioners. They supplement their practical knowledge of body mechanics with spiritual advice shared through metaphors connected to each yoga technique.
With 24 years of vehicular modification under its belt, Auto Audio outfits cars, boats, and buildings with custom sound systems, high-tech security measures, and UV-blocking LLumar window tinting. All technicians ply their trade with the confidence of at least a decade of experience, adapting to new trends as they affix iPads and iPods to dashboards or update cars' mechanical brains with GPS, remote starters, and keyless-entry apparatuses. They also upgrade seacraft with high-powered sound systems and video players that stream an endless loop of Jaws.
For more than two decades, Hugo Fraga and his family have restored and fine-tuned the intricacies of customers' timepieces in Precision Time's convenient mall stores. In addition to replacing batteries and manicuring the hands of more than seven million watches, the millisecond specialists carry a full spectrum of watches and wristbands by designers including Swiss Military, Invicta, and Casio. A collection of Sottomarino timepieces ($39–$599) bestows wearers with craftsmanship infused with contemporary and traditional flair, and a collection of London Underground watches ($36) pairs classic and modern styling typical in across-the-pond fashion.