Founded by Mary Kay Ash in 1963, Mary Kay provides high-quality makeup and skincare products to the beauty-seeking masses. Transform frontispieces with one of Mary Kay's best sellers, such as the customizable Mary Kay compact ($18), or send a stern message to freeloading free radicals with the TimeWise age-fighting moisturizer ($22). Liquid lip color ($13) lends allure to the kisser in hues such as royal plum, raspberry ice, or chocoholic, and the TimeWise 3-in-1 cleanser ($18) urges skin to retain its youthful textures by hydrating, exfoliating, and applying raw steaks to bruises left by a slap from Father Time. Beach-goers and sand sleepers can likewise prepare for the before, during, and after of sun tanning with Mary Kay's sun-care collection of sunscreens, tanning lotion, and after-sun replenishing gel ($7.50–$16).
In 1939, James Clark bought Belmont Pharmacy, where he had worked as store pharmacist. His son, James Clark Jr., followed him into the business, and eventually the enthusiastic, dedicated family began opening additional branches. Today, a third-generation Clark, Tim, oversees the operation of the eight locations.
Each location mingles old-fashioned corner-store friendliness with modern health-care tools. Medical equipment, such as lift chairs and canes, ease home life, as do prescription medications that can be delivered by a friendly staff member. The Huber Heights location also has a compounding pharmacy, in which highly trained workers customize prescriptions to individual needs, combining multiple medications into a single dosage, adding kid-friendly flavors, or carving each pill into the shape of a white blood cell.
Close-combat guerilla paintball matches lob combatants into a woodland field or speedball course for fast-paced war games supervised by trained referees. In the woodsball field, soldiers slide behind some 130 bunkers, ducking under branches and leaping over fallen logs while dodging fire and infiltrating a two-story wooden fort. Referees oversee various forms of gameplay—from standard single or double elimination bouts—to more tactical scenarios such as capture the flag, medic, predator, or marines vs. aliens.
Cozy Melts intoxicates the mind with the subtle scents of candles and warmers. A line of WoodWick candles make sounds like a crackling fire, whereas 100% soy candles provide a steady burn with a limited environmental impact. For scent lovers with a DIY streak, the shop also runs candle-making classes and offers glass-painting, pottery-making, and paint-your-own pottery sessions that let their creativity shine.