24/7 Health & Fitness Center equips members with cardiovascular and weight-training equipment, Zumba classes, and the opportunity to work out at all hours of the day. Kettlebells and dumbbells sit neatly organized, and an array of strength-training machines utilize pulleys and levers to help gym-goers build lean muscle. Stationary bicycles, treadmills, and elliptical machines get legs and endorphins pumping, creating the perfect training circuit for upcoming marathons or city-council races.
The knowledgeable staff at Heroes & Dragons unveils an eye-popping array of previously owned fiction and fantasy collectables that stretches across a 12,000-square-foot facility. More than 5,000 toys ($2+) vie for countless hours of playtime, including G.I. Joes that defend American soil, Jedi knights that settle intergalactic disputes, and Transformers that clutter fast-food drive-thrus. Superhero action figures spanning the past 40 years of fictional crime fighting ($12 average) occupy shelves in their original packaging, and their literary counterparts grace the pages of more than 100,000 back-issue comics ($2–$10).
Harvesting fresh, seasonal ingredients from local vendors, The Village Gourmet's chefs pile plates and buffets with specialty sandwiches, salads, and breakfast fare. Lunch fans peruse a lengthy list of gourmet sandwiches brimming with fresh meats, including house-roasted turkey breast and smoked ham. Five hearty salads drizzled with house-made dressings can fill any salad-shaped hole in the stomach, and daily specials hold the interest of taste buds, which have notoriously short attention spans. Guests flock to tables to sample rotating lists of signature plates that feature fresh fish, steaks, fowl, and succulent game meats. The Village Gourmet’s multitasking chefs also provide customized catering options, ranging from breakfast cinnamon rolls and house-made quiche to boxed lunches, buffet-style luncheons, and three sizes of meat- and cheese-packed deli trays.
The Book Dispensary stocks its shelves with used hardcover and paperback books, some of which are collectibles dating back to the early 1800s. Inside, customers can browse the store's ever-evolving selection of new arrivals or trade in unwanted books for store credit. The store also offers professional book-repair services such as binding and rebinding, which can keep family bibles new and your mug shot collection all in one place.