The windows of the tiny, tucked-away Lucy’s Tamale Factory remain perpetually fogged. Inside, Lucy and her staff of cooks dart from stovetop to stovetop, steaming massive pots of traditional Mexican tamales—fluffy, authentic cornmeal street fare filled with chicken, pork, or jalapeño. The cooks mix masa and shred meats to craft the treats, winners of numerous awards across the U.S., which emulate the tamales Lucy’s family has made for generations in Durango, Mexico. Their hard work has paid off; their classic handheld delights with no preservatives have earned accolades from festivals and fares across the US. Patrons bustle in and out of their shop to order the tamales individually or by the dozen for special events such as large parties or events where people are required to construct their own hats out of cornhusks.
You don’t have to be in a professional photo studio to be the star of high-quality photos anymore. Mementostrip Photo Booths’ technicians provide a mobile studio that travels to the party, allowing individuals, couples, and groups to star in an endless number of self-directed shots. Each booth boasts a digital single-lens-reflex camera that produces professional-quality images. After the machine snaps a picture, it instantly prints a 4”x6” print for its subjects to keep. Each digital image is stored for the event host and copied onto a keepsake CD. Mementostrip’s crew also provides options such as photo retouching or online image hosting, from which pictures can be printed on demand, emailed to friends, or kept in a wallet as a daily reminder of what one looks like.
Envy Studio captures milestones on film, snapping shots of weddings, quinceañeras, and families. After photo shoots and onsite services, the studio produces prints in a range of sizes and can create custom albums for special events. They also tend to other photographic needs including picture restoration, passport shots, and digital imaging in which tech-savvy editors modify photos with special effects and vanquish red eye with Druid spells.
When they weren't occupied with class or homework, high-school students Joshua Blase and Sandeep Rai were brainstorming a business. They had heard the adage that warned against working too closely with your best friends, but their ambition overpowered superstition, and as soon as they graduated they began Blazetek.
There, they put their technical prowess toward computer repairs, security-system installations, and all manner of custom projects. They scan both laptops and desktops for spyware and signs of viruses and patch up cracked phone screens as well as broken gaming consoles. Catering to the specific needs of individual clients, they also construct brand-new PCs with the powerful processors needed by designers or the high-tech graphics cards needed by Waldo’s parole officer.
The citizens of bounzCity share a common bond: they all stand 62 inches tall or shorter. Inside the bouncetropolis, they scurry about a slew of themed attractions, six of which line Bounz Boulevard, including a SpongeBob Squarepants bounce castle and a dinosaur-themed obstacle course with gigantic inflatable dino teeth curving over the entrance. The 28,000-square-foot facility also houses a toddler area and an arcade chock-a-block full of kiddy rides, games, and prizes. Parents can monitor all of the playful proceedings from couches or go-go-gadget helicopter hats, or repurpose the space for birthday parties that keep little revelers reveling with pizza, drinks, and included game tokens.