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A gigantic gumball machine. It’s not the first place one expects to see children ricocheting about. But when it’s inflated and part of Jump n Jammin Play Gym’s 13,000-plus-square-foot fun house, it makes a lot more sense. Inside their climate-controlled facility, parents chase after their sock-clad kids as they race from air-filled obstacle courses to inflated trains and circus tents during open-jump hours. After all that exercise, kids lope into the game room to hone hand-eye coordination playing Wii games such as Mario Kart on 47-inch LCD-screen TVs. They can also twist handles at foosball tables, smack a puck during air hockey, and bang drums during games of Rock Band, a video game that fosters rhythm and an appreciation for feathered hair. The kaleidoscopically colored facility can also be a birthday kid’s personal wonderland with party packages, and during the summer, Jump n Jammin’s team adds slip ‘n’ slides and splash pools to parties and organizes summer camps.

815 Pine St
Bristol,
CT
US

Crowley's crew of factory-certified technicians tend to vehicles of every make, model, and color. Parched engines can quench their thirst with a fresh batch of up to 5 quarts of oil and a new oil filter ($36.95+). To further optimize performance, a fresh engine air filter prevents unfriendly particles of dust, bugs, and vaporized roadblocks from bringing your car to an unexpected stop ($24+). Falling rain and rocks have little hope of obscuring a driver's vision after the installation of a new set of front wiper blades ($28+) and wheel alignment services restore a graceful vehicular gait, ensuring that the driver never has to touch the steering wheel again ($89.95+).

1451 Farmington Ave.
Bristol,
Connecticut
US

Their mission: "Saving lives...Changing Lives...Through Music!" Created by the philanthropic duo of Mark and Wendy Wilson, The REACH Foundation has opened its arms to children in physical, social, and especially financial need since its inception 13 years ago. Their fundraising concert series has featured past performances by Montgomery Gentry, Earth Wind & Fire, Little River Band, Chris Cagle, Chris Janson, Trent Tomlinson, Eddie Money, Huey Lewis and The News, and 70’s Soul Jam featuring The Stylistics & more. The organization has bolstered the resources of a variety of children's causes, including Make-A-Wish Foundation and St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. They have also awarded over 60 four-year college scholarships since fall of 2000.

1027 Farmington Avenue
Bristol,
CT
US

As carrot cake rises in the oven, its sweet scent wafts from the kitchen to mingle with Louis Armstrong’s timeless trumpet trickling from the dining room's speakers, enveloping Mike's Tortoise & Hare Cafe & Catering in a homelike feel. The eatery's namesake Mike Clawson—a Connecticut transplant from North Carolina—strolls past the dining room’s fireplace on nights like this, greeting his crews of regulars and stopping off to introduce himself to new faces. Mike opened his restaurant in January 2011 to bring the slow-cooked tastes of his beloved home state to locals. The only thing that makes him happier than whipping up soul-warming plates of southern comfort food is the personal connections he makes with patrons who come in each day to tuck into hearty plates of his catfish, collard greens, and other family recipes. His passion for food began early in the kitchens of his grandmothers, whose recipes grace all 12 of the café's mouthwatering desserts, from rich banana pudding to a decadent chocolate layer cake. Since the café is BYOB, Mike encourages patrons to bring along a favorite brew or chocolate fountain to accompany their meals, and invites all to attend his increasingly popular wine dinners starring quaffs of locally made wines.

457 N Main St
Bristol,
CT
US

By answering any and all questions about their erotic wares, the staffers at Amazing Intimate Essentials have helped promote safe and sensual trysts for more than 40 years. Their selection of massage oils, lubricants, and adult toys—which occupies stores spread throughout the Northeast and Texas—contains goods from such established brands as We-Vibe, Jimmyjane, and K-Y. They staff female-friendly merchandise, as well as products that help couples create more sparks in the bedroom than a master metalworker soldering a "do not disturb" sign to the door. The staff stresses openness and acceptance in regards to romantic endeavors, an attitude that also fuels their unwavering support of the LGBT community.

167 Farmington Ave
Bristol,
CT
US

True to its name, San Gennaro Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizza & Ristorante churns out crispy, bubbly, Old World–style pies from a brick-lined, wood-fired kiln. Guests gather at wraparound communal benches surrounded by rustic, bare-brick walls, watching chefs toss disks of dough high into the air and cover pizzas in Italian tomatoes, chicken, and shaved prosciutto. Like the Roman empire, San Gennaro's culinary authority extends beyond Italy. Diners can opt for chicken wings with inventive sauces such as buffalo blue, a blend of buffalo sauce and blue cheese.

22 E Main St
Bristol,
CT
US