Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
This spring, locals voted The Hen 'n The Ivy the favorite florist in the Avon Patch annual poll. The family-owned flower and plant shop takes pride in their friendly customer service and fast delivery—they can deliver flowers the same day they're ordered. Inside the aromatic shop, they bundle blooms into seasonal bouquets or themed arrangements for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries. Flowers and tropical plants can also sprout from decorative pots and dish gardens, making them ideal for long-lasting gifts that say "congrats", "thank you", or "I'm sorry I bought you a head of broccoli last year."
The factory-trained sleep experts at Mattress Matters strive to help customers get up on the right side of the bed with a wide range of mattress brands and types. Clients count fewer sheep than ever before on a Simmons Beautyrest queen set, whose motion-separating, pocketed coil springs and highly trained shepherds fill nights with uninterrupted REM cycles ($699+). Developed by NASA, the Tempur-Pedic bed conforms to every nook and cranny of the body, supporting perfect spinal alignment and comfort ($1,199+). Media mogul Donald Trump's line of luxury slumber vehicles boasts KoolComfort memory foam and a top-layer quilt to caress bodies and minds into dreamland ($849+), and the Sealy Posturpedic's orthopedically correct support aids in creating ache-free days and z-filled nights ($579+).
Gordon and Anya Kwan are the owners of Avon Ballroom, a 5,000-square-foot facility outfitted with two ballrooms, a lounge, and an onsite boutique. At Avon Ballroom, they lead classes in a variety of ballroom styles for dancers of all ages and skill levels, whether they’re dancing for fun or fitness or with professional ambitions. Their sessions include private and group instruction, as well as fun dance parties that allow students to mingle, socialize, and test out new movies in a fun atmosphere. Their onsite store also outfits students with appropriate dance attire, shoes, and costumes.
At Playground World, children slide, soar, and bounce through a safe and spacious party room packed with playground equipment. For two hours, up to 14 adventurous tykes can frolic unbridled aboard Woodplay Play Systems, wooden forts, climbing walls, monkey bars, and swing sets. Netted trampolines offer safe springing, and a series of Goalsetter basketball hoops unleash each child's inner Kareem Abdul McFly. Parents can stash their own refreshments in the party room's refrigerator, ensuring that ice-cream cakes won't turn into milkshakes. Playground World requires one adult for every four children attending the birthday party to help ensure safe play and to officiate arguments over who gets the corner slices of cake. Groupon customers should adhere to the party guidelines.
An organic passion-peptide treatment satiates thirsty skin with a fruit-infused blend of organic ingredients and zero abrasive chemicals, and a four-layer facial combines a quartet of nourishing nutrients into a harmonious face-healing mask. Divert attention from spotlight-seeking faces to focus on understated underbellies with a hydrating body wrap, while letting trained technicians slather skin with a rich, soft, warming balm that will leave epidermal layers as soft and smooth as a newborn marshmallow.