It all began with a Chinese takeout box. Jason Lucash and Mike Syzmcak were fed up with lugging speakers around during their travel-heavy careers and realized the potential for creating an audio device that listeners could break down to a fraction of its size when they weren't using it. Foldable, compact, and easily recyclable, the Chinese takeout box created the perfect model—and thus the inspiration—for a device that was eventually named one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2009. Made of heavy-duty recycled paper that pops up into a 3-inch cube, Fold and Play speakers became the first of OrigAudio's many innovative music makers. Today, the company honors that first serendipitous idea as it creates a full line of unusual audio devices. From the Rock-It, which uses vibration to turn virtually any object into an audio source, to custom products—such as the Doodle speaker and Designears headphones—that bear their customers' artwork, photos, or portraits of fallen headphones, OrigAudio keeps both portability and the environment in mind with every invention it spawns. The company also maintains a passion for charitable causes and donates a portion of each sale to the community-building efforts of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Music National Service.
The rug-scrubbers at Kentucky's Finest Carpet Care use an oscillating-pad system to cleanse fibers with minimal moisture, rejecting harsh chemical systems or steam methods that leave dirt trapped within sopping carpets. A nontoxic, biodegradable cleaner preps indoor lawns for cleaning before cotton pads set to work evicting grime. Carpets dry in about an hour, allowing homeowners to resume making shag-angels in dining spaces. Kentucky's Finest Carpet Care manufactures the equipment they use worldwide, empowering other businesses to eschew ineffective methods in favor of oscillating carpet scrub-downs.
Sleep Outfitters' savvy sleep experts help slumber lovers find peaceful shuteye with a wide selection of name brand mattresses. Adroit sleep Sherpas lead bedtime cravers round the mountains of Sealy, Serta, Simmons, Stearns & Foster, and Tempur-Pedic mattresses, pausing to take in cushions of solid foam, bouncing innersprings, and a conspicuous lack of "Smoke On the Water" beds. Rest your noggin on a Serta Memory Foam queen-size mattress set ($597), or repose your tired torso on a Simmons Beautyrest Classic Plush queen-size mattress set ($1,199). Once somnolent souls have selected a mattress on which to paint their dreamscapes, they can opt into Sleep Outfitters' five-star delivery service, where burly mattress gods deliver and set up mattresses and remove old bedding. Indecisive catnappers enjoy the comforts of the 30-night comfort guarantee that permits two fortnights in which to decide if the right choice was made, ensuring hibernating humans won't be left with nightmares starring jilted futons and vengeful box springs.
Red’s Boot Barn’s friendly staff outfits men, women, and cow-kids with stylish and durable western-style attire, work apparel, and boots. In the spacious, colorful store, customers browse footwear by Lucchese, Stetson, Black Jack, Dan Post, Justin, Ariat, and Old Gringo, which are crafted without spurs due to a recent truce between cowboys and horses. Boots are constructed from a variety of sources, with hippo, alligator, rattlesnake, and caiman belly to name a few. Ariat Fatbaby boots ($99.99) confer cowgirl attitude without sacrificing durability, and Lucchese’s MadDog goat boots ($299.99) comfortably cradle feet in urban vaquera style. The 100%-cotton men’s Carhartt jacket J141 ($129.99) keeps workers warm with a sherpa lining and rib-knit storm cuffs, and the coat's two interior pockets, two exterior pockets, and a left-chest pocket leave plenty of storage space for transporting baby kangaroos during "Bring Your Baby Kangaroo to Work Day."
A cursory scan of the scorecard at Beckett Ridge Golf Club might excite two types of golfers: long, aggressive hitters and those who pride themselves on accuracy with the irons. The excitement is a direct result of the course's five par 5s and three par 3s, making for a par 72 setup that deviates slightly from the classic 4-12-4 model. The arrangement is the work of Jack Kidwell, a locally famous course architect who designed more than 100 courses in Ohio alone. While length is important for players who try to reach par 5 greens in two shots or one rocket launch, Mr. Kidwell saw that placement remained paramount?primarily by leaving intact the site's meandering streams and tree lines.
The first hole is a long, unforgiving par 5 that makes for a bombastic introduction to what comes?one where a forgiving first shot landing area precedes a tricky second shot uphill. Similarly, No. 13 is a par 3 that only seems like a long iron shot at first glance. An enormous, receptive green is positioned 50 feet below the tee boxes, making it play much shorter than its 195 yards.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 6,857 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.3 from the back tees * Course slope of 136 from the back tees * Four sets of tees per hole * View the scorecard
For the team at Wildcat Mattress, getting a good night's sleep is serious business. That's why they don't employ pushy sales tactics to coerce customers into buying just any mattress. Instead, they educate guests, answering questions in person and providing research tools on their website.
In addition to guiding guests toward a good night's sleep, the team also works to support the local economy. They source the coils and foams that go into their inventory directly from Kentucky-based manufacturers.