On the rolling hillsides of Wheeling, West Virginia, the white pillars of the Mansion Museum stand majestically over the manicured lawns and landscaped gardens of the Oglebay Institute. Originally built in 1846 as an eight-bedroom farmhouse, the mansion entered the Oglebay family in 1900, and was willed to the city 30 years later to serve as a facility for education and recreation. Today it features a rotation of exhibits and programs, which share fine art, glassware, and environmental education with more than 100,000 people annually.
Tucked next to the Mansion, the glass museum has collected some 3,000 pieces of Wheeling glass, cut lead crystal, and Victorian art glass. The Sweeney Punch Bowl, a 5-foot, 225-pound piece of cut lead crystal, is the jewel of the collection, epitomizing the aesthetic splendor and unwieldy nature of most Victorian-era flasks. The Schrader Environmental Education Center imparts visitors with an appreciation for the natural world with interactive trail tours, campfires, and astronomy events; and the Stifle Fine Arts Center's ever-changing visual-arts exhibits display work from local and national artists.
The friendly tool experts at Direct Tools Factory Outlet help customers negotiate the store's huge inventory of new, reconditioned, and factory-blemished hardware from brands such as Ryobi, Homelite, and Milwaukee. Items are priced at reduced rates of up to 75%, allowing budget-conscious customers to stockpile hardware for home-improvement projects or backyard tool hills. Impress a time-traveling early hominid with a Dirt Devil Scorpion 7-amp hand vacuum ($29.99) or a factory-blemished Ryobi One+ lithium-Ion compact drill ($127.99). Spice up dinner parties with a portable table saw ($139), powered during a total blackout by a 5,000-watt Homelite generator ($499). Each product carries a warranty of at least one year, even the reconditioned items, which are only awarded warranty ribbons after undergoing a grueling routine of pushups and burpees.
Invisalign aligns teeth with a series of clear, removable trays made to fit each client's mouth structure. To prepare teeth for the see-through straightening, an experienced dentist conducts an initial Invisalign exam, checking the strength and health of teeth without playing a "Guess Your Tooth Strength and Health" carnival game. The canine consultation includes a set of x-rays and impressions to determine the severity of spacing and alignment issues. Those choosing to proceed with the mouth-formatting service are fitted for the Invisalign removable trays and are given a $1,000 discount off the total cost of the service (usually around $3,500–$6,000).
A still figure stands silently behind a few thin trees. When he sees someone emerging from a long, metal tube several yards away, he takes aim with his marker, squeezes the trigger, and watches a blot of brightly colored paint materialize on his friend's shoulder. Such friend-turned-foe scenarios play out daily at Urban Assault, a paintball facility whose outdoor battlefields in Cecil and indoor arenas in McDonald attract players from all around the area. In the outdoor arenas, the surrounding wooded landscape adds variety of terrain and barricade possibilities, letting staffers add touches such as metal crawl tubes and other strategic bits of architecture that paintballers have come to depend on for cover. The competitors engage in open play on five such outdoor fields—each with unique features—as well as in the company's two indoor spaces that total some 30,000 square feet. Indoors, paintball contests go from sparsely adorned to almost disco-like as players stalk their enemies while traipsing across catwalks and navigating a demanding maze of fog machines, black lights, and adrenaline-boosting music inside one of the fields. The brains behind Urban Assault also offer special rates to large groups, military veterans, and members of the CIA's finger-painting brigade.