Since 2006, the staff at Fusion Fitness Center has fostered a welcoming space for their members to come and find fitness, challenging and encouraging them along the way. Rows of elite Precor cardio machines fill the floor of the main room, including treadmills, elliptical trainers, and bikes. Tucked around the corner in the group fitness room, trainers challenge members with 45-minute F.I.T.—functional interval training—classes, where exercisers toss medicine balls, swing kettlebells and heavy ropes, and stretch TRX suspension bands until they cry uncle. The trainers limit F.I.T. classes to six people so they can dole out ample individual attention.
The staff also helps members hone in on individual fitness goals, such as losing weight or running a marathon, during personal-training sessions. To fuel sweat sessions, staffers mix up smoothies filled with nourishing ingredients to help bodies recover or add resistance to tongue-curls.
The hibernation experts at Mattress & Futon Shoppe help foster deep sleep with cushions from top brands such as Sealy, Stearns & Foster, and Corsicana. Well-versed in all forms of sleep habits, the store employees are happy to expound on the finer points of each mattress they keep in stock, which range from traditional innerspring beds to high-tech gel memory-foam mattresses. If your new mattress doesn't feel right or already has a family of monsters sleeping under it, Mattress & Futon Shoppe has a 100-day Don't Worry Sleep Happy comfort warranty, and you can return the unwanted item to one of 13 convenient locations.
The equipment experts at MTEC (Midwest Tool & Equipment Center) have rented, sold, and fixed everything from lawn edgers to rough terrain forklifts for more than three decades. They turn DIY projects from drawings in ketchup on the backs of placemats into vivid reality by supplying homeowners with rental equipment ranging from rug cleaners to drywall sanders for hours, days, weeks, or weekends. The company’s technicians also sell industrious contraptions to committed handymen and fix equipment that has begun to rebel.
Award-winning artist Mary Palidofska guides students through the nuances of watercolor and acrylic painting in an inspirational fine-art-gallery setting. During each two-hour beginner art class, nascent painters don smocks and learn the basic watercolor skills necessary to render the leafy canopy of a stirring landscape or the glistening top of a favorite green bean casserole. Both beginners and students with some prior painting experience can delve into watercolor and acrylic techniques during four watercolor/watermedia classes, which may venture outdoors if the weather is nice or if the sparrows uphold their end of the nonaggression pact. After registration, students will receive a list of supplies they should purchase for class, including paints and brushes. Check the schedule for upcoming dates and times.
Ironton Cottage & Cabin Furniture & Home Décor fills floors with 10 brands of furniture made in America from cedar, pine, aspen, and reclaimed barn wood. Customers can clothe wooden beds ($799–$3,999) and rustically furnished limo backseats in patchwork bedspreads ($150–$350) or stock bedrooms with dressers and nightstands ($499–$3,500). Furnish living areas with sofas ($729–$2,195 each) and other upholstered furniture available in more than 200 different fabrics while, in the kitchen, a wine holder ($29–$89) hugs a bottle of vino as tightly as an epicurean grizzly bear hugs its last pot of artisanal honey.
At Mattress Closeout Center, the staff uses negotiation skills to continuously replenish a diverse inventory of brand-name mattresses—many of them culled from factory overstocks, liquidations, last-year models, and overruns. While grazing through one of the brand-name liquidation center's four locations, guests can sip a cup of complimentary Starbucks coffee or bottle of Coca Cola and research consumer reviews and retail prices on the store's iPad. Mattress Closeout Center also provides exact lists of inventory and pricing online, with a comparison of the store's discount prices beside the normal retail prices. The store's well-established rapport is also backed by myriad testimonials from satisfied sleepers and bounce-happy trampoline enthusiasts.