High-school social-studies teacher Anthony Pennino Sr. played his first round of paintball in 1985. By the following year Tony had gathered 20?30 friends and kin for paintball bouts on his family's private land. As demand for paintball guns and safety gear grew among his brigade of marksmen, he converted his basement into a makeshift store, supplying paintball accoutrement from home until moving into a storefront in 1990. Within two decades Tony and his clan formed the lauded paintball team the New York Dogs, opened their own indoor arena, and eventually combined that arena with their largest store yet.
That facility forms the backbone of Island Paintball, where a sports turf field hosts Model 98?brandishing players. In between games, players can watch other contests from behind the staging area's Plexiglas viewing windows or browse Island Paintball Supplies' gun wall and 12 massive showcases of paintball gear. An in-house gunsmith repairs any malfunctioning guns, which patrons can wield at open-play sessions and private parties.
After spending 14 years successfully managing a local garage, Thomas Cummings set his eyes on his very own shop. So, in 2004, the ASE-certified mechanic purchased Stack’s Auto Service & Tires and transformed the struggling company into a thriving business. After a set of victory cartwheels, Thomas opened up a second shop across town. Today, he continues to run the two locations—one in West Babylon and another in North Babylon—where he is backed by a team of ASE-certified technicians with more than 50 years of combined experience.
Though the staff members specialize in Hyundais and Saturns, they are fit to handle rides of all kinds—from cars, trucks, and SUVs to campers, motorcycles, and tiny clown cars. As part of the Tech-Net network, the crew doles out its list of maintenance and repair services with a 12-month or 12,000-mile nationwide warranty on most parts and labor.
The sounds of scrubbing, buffing, and contented vehicles gossiping about the bedside manner of gas-station attendants echo throughout Babylon Auto Detailing, Inc.'s 2,500-square-foot facility. Any vessel of land, sea, or sky—including motorcycles, boats, and airplanes—lucky enough to discover the shop will quickly find the paint-restoring detail clays, waxes, and carpet shampoo its little mechanical heart desires. Backed by a $2 million insurance policy and their own priceless experience, BAD's technicians gussy up all modes of transport with paint and body repairs, interior Scotchgard protection, and headlight restorations; they also delve into onsite electronics installations, window tinting, and motorcycle storage. So vehicle-friendly and encouraging is the staff that dealership autos, limousine fleets, and cars roughed up by packs of rogue Mardi Gras floats all seek solace at the shop's front door.
A kitchen. To most of us it's just a place to whip up meals or gather around the dinner table. For Holly Zarcone—the owner and chef of Moon River Bakery—it's a science lab where she retreats every day to concoct new recipes. Within this hallowed space, Holly handcrafts all the bakery's sweets from the freshest ingredients possible, taking special care to banish artificial preservatives from every batch. She has perfected eight types of dessert bars including the popular campfire s'more, as well as nine types of biscotti and rainbow cookies crowned with chocolate ganache. When it comes to customer service, Holly applies the same hands-on approach she prizes in her kitchen. Clients that order custom treats—which can be made for any occasion—will talk directly with the chef in charge of crafting the confections to ensure they receive the exact flavor profile and look they desire.
Always-At-Aum Yoga School helps both aspiring instructors and recreational sun saluters hone their mind-body practice, offering 200-hour certification programs and a robust schedule of drop-in classes. Owner and yogi educator Robin Appel utilizes certifications in Pilates, restorative yoga, youth fitness, and reiki as she and her experienced staff promote healthy living with a diverse collection of class styles, including hot Vinyasa and yoga for athletes. For more personalized attention, students can arrange for an in-class private session, during which a second instructor provides hands-on guidance as the rest of the class follows the regular regimen. Teachers-in-training can pursue their own certifications with in-depth instruction, delving into such topics as injury management and human anatomy.
A tightly written but well-balanced menu of classic steak, seafood, and pasta dishes emphasize simple recipes and virtuosic preparation. Blue Lagoon's chefs craft familiar dishes—including grilled Atlantic salmon and filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes—that let guests relish the experience of upscale dining. A wine list longer than the dinner menu further heightens the meal as servers recommend bottles and glasses of sparkling whites, pinot noirs, merlots, and other sips to pair with entrees. The chefs also cater events—weddings, birthday parties, and pet-rock-adoption anniversaries—and the staff frequently hosts buffets, music, and special events at the restaurant.