In 1991, a team of mechanics drew from a decade of auto-racing experience to found Badboyscustom Cycles, dealing sleek two- and three-wheelers and roaring choppers, and renting out trikes and spacious RVs. An ASE-certified senior mechanic and a small-engine specialist assemble, repair, and customize vehicles with well-practiced skill, from servicing the engine of a powerful trike to attaching a California sidecar to a growling motorcycle or bike with baseball cards in its spokes. An expansive 26,000-square-foot storeroom unfolds a bounty of gleaming chrome and glistening leather, with models from manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha, Hyosung, and Big Bear Choppers. Spacious add-on cargo holds turn lone-wolf biker rides into drifting road trips, and RV rentals outfit campers with all the comforts of home.
Antiques, books, home decor, and gently used name-brand clothing find a second life at Barker's More 4 Less, which is one of the largest stores of its kind in Central Minnesota. Most items of clothing are under $2, and most kids' items are under $1, and both locations offer a selection of donated men's and women's apparel, computers and other electronics, kitchenware, and household items.
At Wireless World, phone techs help customers connect to the world with a wide assortment of cell phones from brands such as Samsung, Nokia, and Droid. With phones activated, they can then assist customers in sprucing up their vastly updated string-and-can with accessories such as cases, hands-free headsets, and screen protectors. They can also hook phones up with Internet devices such as tablets, mobile hotspots, and 4G USB modems.
Stocking shelves with new and recycled duds since 1971, Ragstock fortifies wardrobes with a storefront brimming with new and recycled men's and women's clothing and accessories. In addition to mainstream garments, stores sling eclectic outfit accouterments such as neon suspenders ($9.99) and thick-rimmed spectacles ($4.99+) that allow shoppers to evoke the air of literature professors without blithely quoting Joyce.
Gander Mountain Academy updates its lessons in gun safety, handling, and marksmanship with virtual shooting technology that was once only available to military and law-enforcement agencies. The ladies-only basic fundamentals class gives women a foundation in the mechanics of handguns and how to use them safely. Students start by winnowing down the right type of gun for their needs, be they self-defense, hunting, or reclaiming the garage from infestations of gremlins. Next, instructors with callused trigger fingers explain the safety rules of handguns, compare ammunition options, and demonstrate proper grip, stance, and trigger control.