Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Yogurt Zone is one of the few places where dessert has a wealth of health benefits. Frozen yogurt?which comes in flavors such as cake batter, cheesecake, and Greek black cherry?is high in calcium and protein, can lower cholesterol, and has active cultures that facilitate the digestive process. After pumping any combination of these healthy swirls at Yogurt Zone, customers pile on toppings from a selection that includes granola bars, walnuts, yogurt-covered raisins, and brownie bites before a staffer weighs it to price it.
Enviro Cleaners dry-cleans wardrobes and fabrics using a nontoxic, carbon-based process that leaves every fiber free of stains without the use of chemicals or blurry TV censors. The staff takes in soiled shirts, pants, blouses, and bedding, and they offer same-day service as well as free pickup and delivery services. Additionally, an expert tailor performs alterations such as mending and hemming. Enviro Cleaners also specializes in wedding gown cleaning and preservation.
Spoiled Rotten vends kids' vestments and themed parties with sides of sugar, spice, and glitter. An array of novelty kids' clothing includes customizable birthday shirts ($25–$35) that display customizable numbers in your choice of accent fabric. Tweens stuck between swirly-haired songsters and excessive emoticons can seek comfortable refuge in the slouchy-chic Vintage Havana women's line ($30–$45). Younger party animals convey celebratory instincts with embellished onesies ($35 each) in zebra and hot-pink leopard prints.
Inside Roco’s Jewelry, light shimmers off display cases stocked with engagement rings, diamond necklaces in 14k-white-gold settings, and designer watches from Rolex and Bulova. The family-owned jewelry store, which has been around since 1978, will also collaborate with clients to design customized engagement rings or jazz up a boring thesis paper by covering it in diamonds. In addition, clients can bring their old or broken jewelry into the store for repairs and get new pieces engraved with a personalized message; both services are done entirely in-house.