To the staff of Giantnerd, nerdiness isn’t defined by pocket protectors or taped-together glasses. Rather, it’s the thrill an outdoor enthusiast has for the newest, best outdoor sporting equipment—be it a GT road bike, a Patagonia fleece jacket made with recycled material from 25 2-liter soda bottles, or a Suunto Ambit “watch” that tracks barometric altitude and includes GPS and a heart-rate monitor for mountain exploration. Giantnerd’s staff wanted to take the thrill of finding quality outdoor equipment and athletic apparel to the next level by creating a more transparent shopping experience. To this end, they allow users to rank and review the products they’ve bought, pushing the best finds to the top.
Giantnerd’s sizeable online shop puts customers in touch with whatever gear they need, whether they seek climbing harnesses, snowboarding goggles, or an extra-warm Marmot jacket for holiday visits to snowman relatives. Their bike selection is particularly extensive, with road bikes, mountain bikes, cyclocross bikes, and other varieties from brands such as Tommaso and BAMF. A 365-day return policy gives buyers a year to return items, so long as they’re in the same condition and have the original packaging.
Pilgrim Cleaners offers a comprehensive cleaning approach that refreshes garments and can extend their closet lives well into their golden years. Cleaners pore over dingy clothes before pouring distilled solvent over them, employing a two-bath process that cleans clothes tenderly and leaves them looking new and crisp. The attentive and always-diligent dry cleaners then step in to hand-finish the job, canvassing garments for misplaced buttons and uranium stains. As with all dry-cleaning and mustache-trimming services, prices vary according to the size of the job, ranging from $1.99 for men's laundered shirts to $13.95 for dresses.
Dry Clean Super Center’s experts are as conscientious as they are timely. Technicians clean, starch, and press clothing at six different locations, customizing services to suit special requests, and offer same-day turnaround for dry-cleaned items brought in before 9 a.m. Beyond offering basic cleaning of delicate clothing items, comforters, curtains, and leather, on-staff tailors can also perform basic alterations, taking in too-big suits or stretching leg warmers into sweaters for pet snakes.
Patrons descend upon the Buda Beer and Polka Fest to set eardrums in motion with lively accordion music and indulge taste buds in delectable German eats. Visitors roam the park imbibing in traditional German revelry as they fill their bellies with authentic cuisine such as schweinshaxe—the Bavarian-favorite roasted ham hock—or apfelküchle—a succulent dessert of fried apple cakes. An expansive pavilion shelters the stage from rainy weather and the sun's piercing gaze as traditional dancers do the hula to polka bands' spirited Bavarian oompah beats churned out in 2/4 time. In addition to German-inspired entertainment, such as arts and crafts, a gut-busting sausage-eating competition challenges visitors' stomach capacity and the sexiest-fräulein-costume contest encourages guests to don tantalizing lederhosen get-ups or ankle-revealing burlap sacks to impress the panel of judges.