With its friendly, knowledgeable staff and a panoply of home-improvement tools and services, Tomchek Ace Hardware ensures handypersons have the gear to grapple with home repairs and DIY projects. Prospective renovators can pick up an Ames True Temper seven-in-one planter buddy, a multipurpose garden tool for troweling, cutting, weeding, and transplanting seedlings ($16.99). Sunwax outdoor furniture wax with UV protection seals up and confers gloss to lackluster adirondacks ($9.49), and an Ace six-piece precision screwdriver set tightens screws on door hinges ($15.49). Adjust leaking pipes and assist Professor Plum in the study with an adjustable crescent wrench ($13.49–$94.99), or revive devices with Duracell AA rechargeable batteries ($12.99). Tomchek Ace Hardware's list of services, ranging from key duplication to custom paint colors, as well as the company's willingness to special-order any product, make the shop a place houses dream about during existential crises.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Named Best Comics by CityVoter in 2010, Neptune Comics carries the latest in comics, games, graphic novels, and figurines at a new spacious location. Whether a connoisseur of Marvel, DC, or ancient Assyrian comic scrolls, you can peruse the newest releases every Wednesday featuring classic heroes such as Batwoman, The Fantastic Four, Archie, Captain America, and Canadian Parliament. Flip through the pages of Batman and Robin #24 ($2.99) or wallpaper dining rooms with G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #167 ($3.99) for patriotic mid-meal discussion topics. Stop by the store to load up on deftly drawn swag, or sit in on special events such as author signings and movie-release parties.
Created by fitness trainer and life coach Dr. John Spencer Ellis and led by owner and certified fitness professional Doug Krueger, the Lake Country Adventure Boot Camp program shepherds women to physical fitness with motivational workout regimens and nutritional counseling. Before the camp starts, trainers take your measurements and body-fat percentage before hopping into a curious pod, leaping into the future, and comparing them to those of the trimmer post-camp you. In the interim, the four-week or three-day workout regimen cycles through circuit training, jogging, kickboxing, and yoga to surprise and challenge muscles. During winter months and unforeseen Renaissance festivals, sessions move to spacious indoor facilities.
At Brew City Paintball, paint slingers of all skill levels wage war over 44,000 square feet of indoor battlegrounds peppered with inflatable fortifications. During paintball games, each player loads up with a Tippmann or Planet Eclipse gun, protective vest, antifog mask, and unlimited air refills to take the fight to enemy teams and spotless clothing on multiple all-turf playing fields. Referees monitor each match for signs of foul play, and Brew City organizes games according to player skill so rookies can hone their skills without being sniped by a pro.
As paint flies between bunkers and teams vie for control of the field, parents, friends, and war photographers observe the action from plush leather couches in Brew City's air-conditioned viewing room, complete with WiFi and five flat-screen TVs. For a cleaner version of battle, the facility’s 3,000 square foot laser tag facility gives unpainted players a chance to wield lightweight bazooka guns toward victory amid over-bearing inflatable castles and tombstones during virtually no-impact play.
With the creation of its first folk-art calendar in 1982, LANG established a look that would define the company for the next 30 years. Through imagery consisting of Americana scenery, touching paintings of mothers and children, and whimsical drawings of animals and plants, the staff has created a full line of decor that instills homes with warmth and nostalgia. The images, brought to life by well-known painters such as Bob Timberlake and the company’s own team of signature artists and sentient highlighters, adorn everything from original calendars to puzzles, journals, garden flags, and mailbox covers. LANG even uses some of the imagery to create custom cards for the holiday season.