Designs of Distinction augments the memories of celebratory gatherings with a large array of rentable activities, furniture, decorations, and more. Themed birthday bashes gain a main event with inflatable bounce houses ($275) shaped and adorned in a variety of decorations such as jungle animals, spaceships, and castles. Designs of Distinction will deliver, set up, and subsequently take down and take away the chosen bounce house rentals. Hosts of functions that prohibit jumping can peruse Designs of Distinction's inventory, decking party halls with eight-foot Oscar statues or white leather couches ($275). The Groupon can be applied to more expensive items—such as a rideable mechanical bull ($995)—to ensure quality carousing.
Follow the red brick road to the Murray Hill Market looks much the same as it did in 1922 when the building started out as a corner store where locals could stock up on snacks and sundries. Today, owner Michele Iacobelli Buckholtz brings that same type of old-fashioned hospitality to her market and sandwich counter, where you can munch on fresh sandwiches stacked with prime rib roast beef, fresh salmon, or the eatery's signature zucchini pancakes or and eggplant parmesan. The menu also features meat-free and gluten-free options for vegan and vegetarian diets, including chopped salads tossed with fresh veggies or portobello subs slathered with vegan mayo. You can also grab everyday items like fruit, laundry detergent, and Jeni's ice cream to make sure you never run out of the essentials you need to get through the season or just next week.
To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Houston keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage and proudly displays the traditional crazy quilt. As the only venue in the revered chain to be built vertically rather than free floating, House of Blues Houston stands as a pillar of entertainment in the Houston Pavilions complex. The hot spot’s Bronze Peacock Room commemorates Houston's rich history and the blues clubs where Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton held sway, and features an enormous hand-painted mural depicting other local legends such as Albert Collins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
Colors & Bottles' founder Jessica Burley and her band of talented local artists are dedicated to supporting local emerging talent and businesses through art instruction held at nearby venues. Their resident artists travel to local eateries and art galleries, where they teach students of all skill levels to fashion dimensional masterpieces through step-by-step instruction. They also kindle creativity during private parties held at the location of your choice, asking only that the destination be outfitted with enough tables, chairs, and paint-by-numbers templates of the Sistine Chapel ceiling for all invitees. Colors & Bottles has received a nod for their engagingly creative events on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and within the pages of the Columbus Dispatch.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will celebrate women sound sculptors during this year’s benefit with performances by iconic female inductees, including Wanda Jackson, Mavis Staples, and Darlene Love. Cyndi Lauper completes the all-star lineup of female vocalists, all of whom are featured in the Women Who Rock exhibit, which spotlights more than 70 women who rocked history on two artifact-packed floors. Proceeds gleaned during the event will benefit the Rock Hall’s educational activities, which enrich audiences of more than 50,000 students each year, from bouncing toddlers to sponge-brained adults. Additional performances from Tears for Fears member Curt Smith and crooner Chuck Jackson will also beat rock rhythms onto eardrums during the evening.
A 30-year Cleveland institution, Constantino’s offers upscale grocery items and healthy foods prepared daily to pick up for last-minute lunches, predestined dinner parties, and unexpected visits by Tudor kings. Constantino’s has recently expanded to include multiple specialty departments such as a salad and hot-foods bar, as well as a larger meat and produce section. The updated café area lets you enjoy al fresco dining during the warmer months and provides wireless Internet in case you need a strong, silent, Chuck Norris–obsessed dining companion. As you browse the shining pyramids of fruits, breads baked in-house, and packaged goods, expert floor associates will help you map out your run through the store so that you avoid any quicksand pits, blow-darts, or giant boulders. Run by the Mavromichalis family, grocery-business veterans who tailor each of their shops to its surrounding neighborhood, Constantino’s continues to strengthen the downtown neighborhood community by fostering goodwill between its roaming herds of office workers. Like a Monopoly board, Constantino’s boasts ample free parking, so drive your thimble over and stock your shelves with gourmet goodies courtesy of today’s Groupon.