Family owned since it first welcomed customers in 1887, Strauss Skates and Bicycles has supplied every subsequent generation of Saint Paul's skaters and bikers with top gear and repairs. Specializing in hockey, the store stocks gear such as blades, boots, and skates, which resident sharpener Scott hones using more than 40 years of industry experience.
When that gear starts to smell, the Strauss team calls in the Sani Sport machine, whose 16-minute cycles kill nearly 99% of bacteria from hockey equipment so referees don't have to hose players down in between periods. In addition to its hockey goods, the Strauss crew spruces up bikes with in-depth tune-ups and offers custom head-stringing services for lacrosse players/
For more than 30 years, County Cycles has been outfitting riders of all ages with bikes of all types. It provides customers with a wide range of gear and cycling accessories from parts and helmets to road and mountain bikes from brands such as Trek, Bianchi, and Felt. Its technicians are trained to work with bikes of all major brands, and can lubricate cables, adjust seats, and fix busted tires so that bikes can ride on their own instead of being pulled by horses.
Golfsmith's online and in-store showrooms house an almost endless list of golf gear for men, women, and children alike. Clubs, balls, and accessories from brands such as TaylorMade, MacGregor, and Callaway give players precise control over their game, and polos and long-sleeved shirts from Nike and Snake Eyes garb players in course-appropriate attire now that tuxedo T-shirts no longer qualify. Along with the extensive collection of equipment and golf bags, Golfsmith also carries GPS systems to give players a high-tech edge.
At its full-service, well-maintained facility, Midway Pro Bowl caters to bowlers of all dedication levels. Its optional bumpers bolster beginners, whereas onsite bowling lessons employ instructors certified by the United States Bowling Congress to elevate skills. The pin-falling activity on Midway Pro Bowl's 32 lanes is monitored by automatic scoring systems, and fashionable bowlers can turn lanes into runways with sparkling new balls and accessories from its well-stocked pro shop. After the game, a full-service lounge conjures postgame relaxation with alcoholic beverages. Alternatively, the most dedicated competitors can refuel with burgers, hot dogs, or pizza from the snack bar before taking to the arcade to spar with virtual foes rather than playing bowling-ball dodge ball with real-life foes.
With 100 disc-golf courses located within 100 miles, Fairway Flyerz is an emporium for the disc-golf enthusiast and can happily jumpstart a beginner's entry into the sport. Visitors peruse an impressive inventory of more than 2,500 discs from top industry brands such as Innova and Discraft, a large assortment of bags, and designated practice baskets, which provide a safer landing zone than the neighbor's unsuspecting forehead.
Disc golf is a hybrid sport played on outdoor courses similar to yet smaller than golf, and, because most are free to play, the sport has little barrier to entry except for a few discs.
The optical experts at Eyes of Mendota banish clouded perceptions of the world with single-vision, bifocal, and progressive lenses, which tuck into frames by designers such as Tag Heuer, Burberry, and Gucci. The eyewear technicians also outfit shoppers with contacts, sunglasses, and designer monocles. Before ordering a pair of spectacles or lenses, patients can schedule an appointment for an eye exam and walk out with a fresh prescription.