Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.
After graduating from England's Southampton University, Jacqueline Bols began her culinary career in the French and Italian rivieras, serving her creations on private yachts in Cannes, Monaco, and Saint-Tropez. Later, she catered American events, earning the Charles Heidsieck Award for Culinary Excellence and serving her feasts to such famed diners as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Connery, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kevin Costner.
In 2001, Jacqueline opened Jacquie’s Café & Gourmet Catering, drawing on modern French cuisine and local and organic ingredients to craft in-house breakfasts and lunches as well as catered meals. In quarters ornamented with photographs and oil paintings, guests can dine on handcrafted yogurt parfaits, homemade soups, or smoked turkey, brie, and apple sandwiches. The catering arm of the outfit fashions hors d'oeuvres, à la carte items, and boxed lunches for private events, as well as corporate breakfast and lunch dishes, which distract employees from the daily grind of prank faxing competitor companies.
The Mansion at Oak Hill, known for creating events to remember, reflects the charm of nineteenth century southern homes. Its graceful beauty offers the perfect setting for wedding receptions, corporate functions, fund-raising events and celebrations of all types.
Located inside the Indy School of Gymnastics off I-465 in Carmel, Climb Time Towers’ expert staff and world-class facilities offer novice climbers and mountaineers alike a rigorous and fun climbing experience. A day at Climb Time begins for the inexperienced with a brief instructional tutorial designed to teach safety procedures and introduce the student to trendy climbing slang. Once this initial task is completed, the friendly Climb Time instructor will sprinkle the climber with chalk, beharness him, and send him to the walls. Auto belay stations (ropes that safely prevent falling and whisper inspirational quotes when tired hands begin to tremble) aid individual climbers to the top of Climb Time’s 32-foot-high walls, colorfully decorated in homage to some of the country’s most challenging climbs (“Buttermilks,” “The Daddy,” “The Boreal”). With over 80 routes to the top, the walls at Climb Time promise a challenging day at the manufactured rocks for beginners, recreational rock scalers’ long-lost siblings, and experienced climbers. Because each Groupon gets you three sessions of all-day access to the towers at Climb Time, you'll have plenty of time to stretch, squint, and groan your way through several routes.
The dedicated owners of Happy Everything Catering unveil an array of upscale American cuisine to accommodate family gatherings, business meetings, and celebrations. By ordering a Thanksgiving meal straight to their doorsteps, Turkey Day hosts can avoid the stress of roasting the perfect bird or buckled hat. The cornerstone of most Thanksgiving feasts, a platter of carved turkey, debuts on dinging-room stages ready for devouring. Mashed potatoes and gravy balance out plates quivering from mounds of meat, as tossed salad and fresh-baked bread form appetizing orbits around main entrees. Once bellies have been properly basted, cinnamon-sweet triangles of pumpkin pie complete the feast, readying diners for their tryptophan-induced postmeal snooze. For easy serving, meals arrive with serving tongs, plates, and cutlery accompanied by a cornucopia-shaped horn to sound the beginning of the feast.
For 130 years, Kipp Brothers Toys and Novelties has helped parents cultivate their children's deciduous-toothed smiles. The family-owned-and-operated business carries an extensive variety of toys, party wares, and edible loot, much of which can be easily ogled on Kipp's user-friendly website. Prepare your house for an end-of-summer luau by stocking up on rainbow flower leis ($10.70/dozen) and flowing hula skirts for the young ones ($2 each). Once you've put the kids to bed, fill a volcano cake with glow necklaces ($35 for 50), tattoos, and colorful dinosaurs ($25.80/box) to transform your party into a raging, neon rave reunion with reptiles you knew in high school, back when wheels were square and everyone said that iPhones didn't exist. Tasty candy, fun key chains, and stuffed toys ensure that no one goes home empty handed.