Inside the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, works of art grow like flowers in a greenhouse. Amid the Mary Collier Baker Theater’s rich wood paneling and burgundy upholstery, symphony concerts burst to life, fed by stunning acoustics. The Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, on the other hand, lets the work hanging on the walls do the talking, trumpeting the skills of local visionaries as they explore the bounds of aesthetic media.
One word jumps out from A Little Bash's online profile over and over again: you, you, you. And for good reason: its party planners tailor every minute detail of an event to suit your tastes and personality. And those details— a sparse potted tree hung with spooky ornaments, orangeade and lemonade dispensed by summery glass cylinders, pastel cakes and cookies celebrating a recently christened baby—make all the difference. Clients can even learn the secrets behind such cute, personal touches that guests will remember during Haute Host workshops that cover planning, cocktail recipes, and more.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Duck, Duck, Goose. Musical Chairs. These traditional games barely hold a candle to the party activities enabled by Kingdom Inflatables. The festivity emporium equips gatherings with enormous, multicolored bounce houses, some with cartoon themes and slides. Bouncers can perfect their craft watching kernels spring to life in the rentable popcorn machine, or cool down with frozen treats or summertime snowball fights from Kingdom Inflatables' snow-cone cart.
The confidence of A 2 Z Hair Studio's staff of hairstylists, nail technicians, and aestheticians puts clients at ease as soon as they enter the day spa. In addition to routinely seeking out techniques and mastering new trends, the team members employ professional-grade products in their everyday treatments. These lines include everything from Moroccanoil and Goldwell hair-conditioning balms to Shellac and OPI nail polishes. Equipped with high-end shampoos and conditioners, the stylists can recreate a classical look or devise a more modern hairdo by incorporating asymmetry or holographic bangs. Beyond hairdos, the staff can also pamper its clients with indulgent mani-pedis, body treatments, and facials that rejuvenate skin tone using 24-karat gold, Vitamin C-rich salves, or a customized selection of skincare products.
The nugget of inspiration that sparked Photo In a Box occurred when one of the founders wanted a photo booth for his own wedding, but wouldn’t settle for inferior service or unrealistic prices. The two founders—who are also best friends—went with the obvious solution: start their own photo-booth company. Now they service DC, Northern Virginia, Maryland, and other more remote locales, toting along professional photo booths to events such as weddings, birthdays, or pre-New Year's Eve parties in July. Some of the booths snap high-resolution shots printed on classic photo-booth strips, while some come equipped with video and social media–integration capabilities. A prop box holds fun toys and costumes such as boas, tiaras, and oversized glasses, and Photo In a Box can customize each booth experience according to the occasion with personalized strip borders and props.
This Groupon saws the price of a magic show ticket in slightly more than half—magically, without breaking the skin, harming the vital organs, or causing paper-blood. See Glenn Gary's Parlor Magic, a spectacular evening of "cabaret magic," an intimate, close-up type of abracadabra performed for small crowds with audience participation (shows are limited to 40 guests). Magic is used to delight the young and young at heart with a humorously narrated card trick. Magick is used to keep that blowhard Erasmus Stodgewell from acquiring the Orb of Osiris.