On March 14, exhibitors from across the entire spectrum of recognizable automobile manufacturers will motor into the Greater Columbus Convention Center for the 2013 Columbus International Auto Show. Brand-new models from domestic brands go toe-to-tire with exotic imports, posing for pictures and amorous advances whispered gently into their side mirrors. After scoping out the shiny paint jobs and horse-powered engines, showgoers can visit a face painter, Matt the Balloon Guy, and Miss Ohio.
The Cachet Salon has treated lads and ladies to rejuvenating makeovers and style resuscitations for more than 21 years. An expert team of strand sculptors attack sloppy mops with skilled chops to create comely cranial topiary, offering an array of services to clients in need of both minor maintenance and major overhauls. Men’s and women’s haircuts with styling begin with careful coiffeur appraisals before the scissor-wielding snip savants commence their artful cutting ($39). Eyebrow tinting ($15) and eyebrow arch waxing ($17) accentuate the ocular canopies that keep the forehead from invading the rest of the face. A semi-permanent coloring treatment using Paul Mitchell products ($48) is a wonderful, simple conduit for reinventing a tired look or establishing differentiation between twins who refuse to wear nametags.
Decorated around themes such as trains and characters like Dora the Explorer, the inflatable obstacle courses and mazes at Kids! Kids! accommodate children with ample room for bouncing, crawling, climbing, and exploring. More exciting discoveries are made during birthday parties, which celebrate special occasions with create-your-own sundaes, carnival-style games, and visits from the birthday child's favorite character. Even on unbirthdays, the Kids! Kids! staff finds any excuse to treat youngsters. Events such as pizza nights and parents' night out, for instance, offer evenings full of tasty slices, games, and time on the inflatables, while 24-hour childcare keeps kids engaged with age-appropriate activities.
Life in Color starts parties in cities all over the globe with a vibrant mix of electronica, acrobats, pyrotechnics, and, of course, gallons upon gallons of paint. Alongside DJ-in-residence David Solano, the Rebirth spectacular features pulse-pounding performances from a different guest artist on each tour stop. While remixes sizzle and original tracks thump, performers that might include stilt-walkers and contortionists display their powers of balance and knot-tying. And at the evening's peak, an explosion of colorful paint douses the dancing crowd.
In business since 1967, the garment caretakers at SunLight Cleaners know their way around a stain. With a combination of laundry service and professional dry cleaning, the crew behind the counter renews clothing, bedspreads, and overcoats, folding them into tidy stacks for patrons to pick up. As efficient self-service machines tumble and dry clothing, patrons can while away the time watching SunLight's DirectTV hookup or basking in the waves of free Wi-Fi.