It must be terrifying to watch 20 arrows speeding at you at once. Luckily, the only ones watching this are the yellow targets attached to hay bales in the indoor archery lanes at Archers Afield. The whoops of shooters pierce the air as they examine their targets, congratulating each other on shots well aimed. This pattern of arrow shooting and retrieving continues throughout the day, as archers young and old trying their hand at target practice. In addition to supervising solo pursuits, Archers Afield’s seasoned staff of instructors takes to the floor to bolster shots with private lessons. They teach pupils of all abilities essential archery skills, such as bow handling and how to maintain a passable British accent while robbing from the rich and giving to the poor.
From humble beginnings as a small but passionate basement brewing operation, Above the Rest Home Brewing has now outgrown three spaces since 1993. Now residing in a 1,500 square-foot commercial store with an adjoining classroom, Above the Rest’s staff guides both rookies and seasoned pros through the steps of not only wine- and beer-brewing, but also soda- and cheese-making as well. Staffers can also guide visitors though the selection of equipment, malts, hops, and yeast, helping them pick out the right combination of ingredients to craft an IPA, porter, or a replica of the beer Santa Claus drinks before fact checking his Naughty/Nice list.
Videogame aficionados unite at Pixel Battles, where Xbox 360s, Wii Us, PlayStation 3s, Kinects, 3D gaming, and a retro room tempt fingers with the newest digital challenges. One of the only video game venues in the area allows players to cozy up to black leather chairs and plasma TV screens to test their skills. Gamers can settle into the latest games with friends on multiple plasma TV screens. In addition to individual gaming, Pixel Battles also hosts themed birthday parties, special events, and tournaments to help gamers battle in healthy competition.
Have you ever dropped a cupcake in a bathtub? Most treats don't hold up too well in water, but the boxed cupcakes from Yummy Tub thrive when submerged—the cake portion is actually an effervescent bath bomb, and the frosting is a bubble bath solution. With sweet scents of peppermint or coconut cream, the Oregon-made cupcake's all-natural ingredients include a sextet of moisturizing oils and soothing salts that can enhance bath time or ruin a batch of gazpacho. Yummy Tub's pink cart—stationed amidst the bustle of Washington Square Mall—also peddles a spectrum of dessert-inspired body lotions, oils, and washes, many of which are disguised as lollipops, truffles, or ice cream sundaes.
Though it originally sold only two things—audio products and wireless phones—Car Toys has gradually expanded its repertoire. Today, with 50 locations spread across four states, electronics-certified technicians install everything from Alpine in-dash navigation units to phone-integration systems that sync iPhones, Androids, and tin cans to car stereos. Meanwhile, in the garage, detailing technicians meticulously spruce up cars inside and out, using deionized water, paint-friendly shampoos, and high-quality wash mitts to protect against scratches, swirls, and water spots. The team also sweeps through interiors with vacuums, hot-water extractors, and ozone deodorizing treatment, which kills airborne bacteria and nasty smells in one fell swoop.