He quickly scales its blue back, his hands and feet pushing into its soft surface. In a few moments, he's at the top; he surveys the drop for a few seconds before diving headfirst down its slippery slope, landing with a splash. He's the birthday boy, and the puffy blue mountain is the 18-foot inflatable Super Splash slide from Smile Bounce. It's just one of the colorful bounce houses that—along with snow-cone and popcorn machines—make for fun party accents. Clients also can rent folding chairs and tables, tents, and electric generators to host a proper party.
In 2004 Bradley Sanders traveled around the country educating other stylists on L'Oréal Professional brands and color techniques. The following year he moved to Las Vegas and studied under world-renowned platform artist Robert Cromeans and Ambush Makeover's William Whatley. After learning as much as he could from the experts and their poorly hidden diaries, he moved back to the Southeast and partnered with L'Oréal to open Groove Salon, a Paul Mitchell–focused salon, in 2007. Today, Bradley, who has been accepted into the Paul Mitchell national educator's program, captains a team of talented stylists and colorists inside Groove's hip, redbrick studio.
Not every couple's first dance should have to be to "At Last." And it needn't be when Firehouse DJ Co. occupies the DJ booth. Its DJs bring a selection of more than 50,000 tunes to all wedding receptions, plus another 20,000 for postnuptials karaoke. When it isn't helping the recently wed raise the roof, Firehouse specializes in entertainment for bars, such as trivia nights, karaoke, and DJ sets. It also facilitates live-music bookings, helping great bands find great venues and vice versa.
In his 10 years of working as an event planner, Mike Shelton has realized one crucial truth: kids love to jump around. Mike's Moonwalks revolves around this maxim, supplying youths with a safe and clean space to leap. With an inventory of bounce-houses that includes an inflatable castle and a tropically themed slide—available dry or as a watery plunge—he brings buoyant fun to birthday parties, fundraisers, and carnivals. He and his crew handle the delivery and set-up, and then disassemble the inflatables once the celebration is over. Clients can reserve a bounce house for just two or three hours or for an entire day, which is usually how long it takes to fool yourself into thinking that you'll be able to dunk a basketball during your next scrimmage game.
The staff at Bay View Stables passes on their love of horses to guests through their riding lessons and picturesque guided trail rides on the stable's 50 acres of land. With their barn experiences, the equestrians encourage visitors to pet the horses while teaching novices how to feed and groom the steeds. The stables also offers horse training, birthday parties, and stall and pasture boarding.
When professional triple-threat Erinn Dearth Diaz was only 3 years old, she saw a production of The 12 Dancing Princesses, and at the end of the show, an actress blew her a kiss from the stage. Since that airborne kiss landed on her cheek, Erinn has always been enamored of the theatrical arts, a passion that eventually lead her to found Spring Theatre. Her team of instructors and choreographers helps build a positive environment where aspiring dancers and actors can hone their skills and give each other support. In the acting studio, students practice various acting disciplines including Broadway, improv, and faking a neck injury in court. The dance studio, meanwhile, teaches feet a wide array of styles such as ballet, jazz, Afro Cuban, and tap. Classes are available for children, teens, and adults.