Tiny legs scamper across Lone Star Bounce Town's 9,000-square-foot floor, bounding from one cushy inflatable to the next and pausing before a gallery of kid-friendly toys and games. Disney-inspired bounce houses populate the open space, including new plush slides and domiciles that pay homage to the bubbly heroes of Toy Story 3, Winnie the Pooh, and Dante's Inferno. Tykes hone their hand-eye coordination by shooting hoops on the inflatable basketball court, cracking plastic balls off baseball tees, or threading straws into juice boxes in the Lone Star Cafe. A special subsection designed for toddlers, Lone Star's Tiny Town, features scaled-down playhouses, toy cars, and colorful, bouncy balls.
The clatter of foosball and air-hockey tables makes a steady drumbeat, over which drifts the sounds of an arcade—the happy digital babble of a modem dreaming. Ten leather couches with a full view of the children accommodate parents as they surf free WiFi and enjoy coffee from the café.
Healthy Start MD’s doctors have designed all of their programs around preventative health care, such as extensive cardiac-screening packages and thorough weight-loss initiatives. The cardiac screenings help asymptomatic people learn if they are at risk for developing serious health conditions, such as high cholesterol, diabetes, and strokes.
Led by a team of dietitians and behavioral therapists, the weight-loss program supplies each candidate with a coach who drafts sustainable lifestyle plans that incorporate proper nutrition and daily activity. Included in the program are personalized messages, daily-meal ideas, and visual workout instructions. The corporate-services department keeps your office fit and healthy by doling out preventative screenings and helping teach employees why it's wrong to feed their computer hot dogs.
When the owners of Just Poppin Gourmet Popcorn moved from Chicago to Texas, they loved everything about their new home, even the hot weather. But there was just one aspect of the Windy City they couldn't bear to leave behind: the popcorn. The family decided that Houston might actually enjoy the sweet and salty snack and decided to take matters into their own hands and got poppin'. Today, staff at Just Poppin air pops kernels in small batches––a technique that doesn't rely on heavy oils–-and eschews powdered cheese for real cheese sauce, which they use to coat the kernels in their Pleasy Cheesy mix. Other flavors include popcorn coated in a blend of pecans and caramel, chocolate drizzle, or butter, as well as a Crazy-Pleasy mix featuring a classic Chicago-style blend of cheese and caramel corn. Custom tins are also available for customers who want to surprise someone with their three favorite popcorn mixes or a snack that doubles as an industrial-chic footstool.
Ali Bahramian wanted to combine the casual atmosphere and quick service of a coffee shop, a diner, and a fast-food eatery, so he decided to start his own from scratch. He developed his own menu built on sandwich, salad, and soup recipes he created himself, enlisted the help of his architect wife Mariam to design a space, and selected soothing jazz and blues music as a backdrop for his eatery.
Within the fully realized Orange Lunch Box, Ali and his staff bake fresh sandwich bread in-house each day and chocolate-chip cookies each hour to pair with cups of coffee. The culinary crew serves salads and sandwiches topped with a range of meats and cheeses, Italian-inspired spreads, and local produce. Orange Lunch Box's interior eschews the presence of television and instead captures diners' attention with a color palette of warm orange, cool green, and room-temperature purple.
Tucked away under a flight of stairs lies a family-owned eatery where meaty sandwiches and wraps reign supreme. Yorktown Deli's chefs layer grilled chicken, fresh avocado, lettuce, tomato, and pesto in the italian chicken sandwich, which arrives fresh from the kitchen in the shape of Italy. Other sandwiches include tuna melts and the Avocado Heaven, a colorful portrait of avocado, lettuce, tomato, red pepper, and cheese. To create each of the deli's eight wraps, chefs roll meats such as grilled chicken, turkey, and salami with veggies, condiments, and cheese, and diners can wash down meals with iced coffee, lattes, and espresso.
Central Market cooking schools enlighten the epicurean masters of tomorrow with instruction from the gourmet gurus of today, having previously hosted guest instructors such as the renowned Cat Cora and Mario Batali. Meal mentors post classes in both Dallas and Plano every four to six weeks, usually providing 26–30 options per month. Whether it's your first time holding a skillet or you're looking to polish your sushi skills after finally discovering how to uncook fish, Central Market provides coaching for every experience level. Curious foodies can peruse an array of informative options, including sharpening your knife skills ($55), making indulgent desserts ($50), creating one-dish dinners ($55), and fine-tuning a soufflé filled with an event horizon. Running roughly 2.5 hours each, sessions are offered most days of the week. Most hands-on classes can accommodate about 18, while demonstration classes can accommodate up to 48, depending on location. See Central Market's frequently asked questions pages (click here for Dallas, here for Plano) for more information.