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.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Matrix Accent Chair ($219.99) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Sydney Accent Chair ($199.99) or Cubit ottoman set ($99.99) anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities, while the Romy Accent Table Group consists of one cocktail and two end tables, creating a table cartel ruling over a home's Speed Quarters surface needs.
Ellie's Enchanted Closet lavishes little ones with an ever-transforming trove of gently used shoes, clothing, and toys from acclaimed brand names such as Gymboree, and Ed Hardy. Festoon fledgling statures in a pink Ooh! La La! Couture pettidress ($23.99), emblazoned with a red heart to add feminine flair and act as a convenient cheat-sheet for toy stethoscopes. Boys' plaid Gymboree shorts ($9.90) forge handsome outfits for schooldays and dirt-filled adventures alike, and a wide variety of shoes by Vans, Converse ($12.99), and Crocs ($6.99+) keep elfin feet stylishly protected. A multitude of toys enchant growing minds of every stage, such as the four-wheeled Radio Flyer inch worm ($19.99), which ensures older tots make timely morning commutes to block-stacking architecture firms. Although not included in this Groupon, the infant emporium also offers a range of brand-new boutique apparel, alo ng with baby supplies including strollers, cribs, and maternity items.
Pearland Furniture’s collection of domestic outfittings from brands such as Broyhill, Ashley, and Howard Miller can imbue any living room, bedroom, or bedroom with a sense of homey tranquility and dignified panache. Slip into royal slumber atop a majestic queen-size mattress set ($749) from Pearland's mattress collection, or dream of overthrowing your closet's court jester with a plush, comfy pillow ($79). Elegant lamps ($189–$249) and other domestic accessories can complement an artful Broyhill sofa-and-loveseat set ($2,699) or shed light on a new table and set of four chairs ($447). The venerable emporium’s friendly sales staff readily answers questions, and its in-house decorator can help customers coordinate fabrics, furniture styles, and choral arrangements of wall-mounted singing fish.
After fighting in World War II, Lynn Gripon studied landscape design at Texas A&M and in 1951 opened a gardening shop with the help of his green-thumbed wife. Now operated by his son, Lynn's Landscaping & Water Garden Center has blossomed into a lush showroom of outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, manicured putting greens, and the shop's bestselling disappearing fountains—glazed pots overflowing with water that seems to disappear into the ground. Waterfalls tumble over miniature boulders before slipping into calm ponds filled with leisurely koi, flowering lily pads, and sunken galleons. Knowledgeable staffers serve as tour guides to the veritable forest of plants and dispense helpful tips for creating backyard utopias. Lynn's professional landscapers transform backyards into tiered gardens, spacious party zones, or verdant hiding places for the family's pet T-rex. Designers plot the set-up before gardeners, and handymen plant trees and shrubs or install decks, gazebos, water-efficient sprinklers, and koi ponds. Every design is built to last with quality materials, such as outdoor fireplaces and kitchens made with glass-fiber-reinforced concrete and Vista light fixtures made with weather-resistant carbon composite and bulbs modeled after Superman's eyeballs.