Nominated as one of the best ski and snowboard shops in the 2011 CityVoter A-List, Larson's Ski and Sport earns local lauds with a large selection of gear for both winter and summer seasons. The staff bedecks the shop's walls with skiing and snowboarding equipment from top industry brands such as Dynastar and Nordica, as well as gear for warm-weather sports that range from kite sailing to kayaking. Alternatively, equipment rentals and lessons supply sportsmen with gear and know-how to ski, standup paddleboard, and windsurf. With an average of 10 years of repair experience, Larson's qualified technicians get skis and snowboards back in top form at the repair shop, where skilled hands fill in deep scratches, grind away flaws with a stone or belt, and apply hot wax for a faster, hair-free ride.
Mile High Drives shares its passion for supercars with fellow adrenaline seekers, compiling an impressive collection of rare and high-end sports cars. The staff wants other drivers to feel the supple, red-and-black custom seats of a Lamborghini Gallardo, feel the grip of a brand-new 20014 Corvette Stingray as it takes corners, and experience the powerful acceleration of a BMW M5, which can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds—the same time it takes to dry wet hair in a Porsche Boxster convertible. Mile High Drives is forever improving its fleet for maximum performance, ramping up horsepower and modifying exhaust systems for optimal revving. In addition to rentals, the crew offers chauffeur services that allow passengers to arrive at events in style.
Ed and Kyle Becerra, Young's Market and Garden Center’s owners, took over the business from Ed’s father, who founded it more than 50 years ago. Locally grown perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and Chia Pets squint at the outdoor sun, and rows of flowers line the dirt aisles of tidy greenhouses. In addition to plants, Young's inventory includes soil, fertilizers, weed-control products, and pond supplies. In season, customers can find fresh produce at Young’s bustling farmers' market.
Vinnola’s Italian Market quashes midday hunger grumblings with a café menu of hot and cold sandwiches, pizzas, and Italian specialties. Newly wedded cheese and sauce emerge from their oven honeymoon on slices of pepperoni or sausage pizza ($1.99). The hearty lasagna provides a multilayered pasta dance floor for taste-bud tap dances ($5.95), and grilled homemade focaccia takes center stage in the paninis, with backup flavors of prosciutto, salami, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, peppers, basil pesto, and bags of chips ($6.99). Classic italian sodas and Pepsi products refresh palates and carbonate mealtimes with a range of old-school flavors. Give postlunch activities a sweet edge with one of Vinnola’s cannoli, prepared in the traditional Italian, Bavarian, and Pistachian styles ($2.35 each).