Blue Light Digital Sound looks like somewhere you’d go to watch a band play a concert rather than record an album. Wood floors flank the 600-square-foot space, running adjacent to an exposed brick wall and parallel to the studio’s 20-foot ceilings. The other three walls, coated in periwinkle blue, cast a cool glow over the studio, setting the perfect mood for guitarists, drummers, and singers as they croon their track into an array of vintage and modern microphones. Throughout their recording session, musicians easily can oversee the editing and mixing process, thanks to a 51-inch flat-screen monitor that displays the goings-on in a big, bold, and clear format. A glass window also allows artists to communicate with the control-room engineers manning the 32-channel analog console, and SSL convertor or bashfully shoo away their proud mothers.
A philosophy expressed by the acronym F.U.N. is to be expected at a childcare center with play-based curricula. Hands-on experiences at Bright Beginnings Childcare Center are designed to "inspire a child's natural curiosity, imagination, and creativity" while fostering social, emotional, and cognitive development. Surrounded by walls painted every color of the rainbow, infants and kids eat healthy snacks, smear paint, play games, and learn.
Pump It Up’s 12,000-square-foot indoor space is filled with inflatable diversions to keep young swashbucklers occupied. During three fun-filled pop-in playtimes, children can leap around gargantuan air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by a well-trained staff and local police. Parents bounce for free during pop-in, so childless adults who want to play will need to borrow a neighbor’s kid or win one by collecting soda tops.
Slinging high-quality meats directly into home kitchens for nearly a century, Passanante's Home Food Service’s butchers hand-trim antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, chicken, and pork and deliver the flash-frozen cuts straight to doorsteps. To forge their naturally aged steaks and burgers, they only use meat from grain-fed Angus steers raised without hormones, steroids, preventive antibiotics, or sugary cereals.
Additionally, they sell locally raised pork, which gleans its uniform color and succulence from a farm-fed diet of corn and grain. For their poultry, they enlist the help of farmers in Maryland and Pennsylvania to raise the birds on seeds and grains, unlike factory farms, which fatten up their chickens with insults that undermine their self-esteem.