The luxurious Crowne Plaza Hotel gives calendar-climaxers a stylish way to both ring in the New Year and melt down the old one into nostalgia jelly—starting with a champagne welcome gift in your standard room. Your evening's prix fixe dinner centers around your choice of herb-roasted chicken, grilled flank steak, or grilled pork chops, and keeps your larynx lubricated with two beverage tickets per person. As you eagerly await the final countdown before the moon explodes into confetti, live entertainment from the Shawn Stanley Group will keep the party bumping on the rooftop Stars Lounge restaurant, which kisses eyeballs with sweeping views of the city. A 2 p.m. checkout time gives late-night revelers ample time to brush the bubbly off each other's teeth, as well as savor a scrumptious breakfast buffet of waffles smothered in syrup, hash browns, and western scrambled eggs. If you stop by the Stars Lounge on nonholidays, you'll find that the rooftop locale plays host to relaxing jazz music, panoramic vistas, crafty cocktails, and a multifarious menu that includes delicacies such as Mediterranean chicken ($17) and grilled pesto salmon ($19).
Born in Eastern Kentucky, Kevin Messer's lifelong pursuit of beautiful visual images owes a lot to his Appalachian roots. He likes to capture slices of Americana in his mixed media and digital paintings, whether it’s the sun shining over a country store or the red rock peak of Zion Canyon's Watchman. He sells small format digital reproductions of his work, some as small as note cards, as well as full-sized mixed media canvases, a fitting centerpiece to a collection of home décor.
Act Out Talent Studio offers classes for all levels of entertainers to begin or continue their path towards a successful acting, modeling, or performing career. The studio employs a stable of coaches, each with experience working within their industry, that imparts students with an inside understanding of show business. Acting classes instill confidence and foster talent using emoting exercises covering such basics as observation, improvisation, and translating Shakespeare from the original Swedish. Aspiring models learn everything from expressing an image to nutrition in order to help build a marketable portfolio, and vocal classes allow singers and songwriters to step into an actual recording booth to practice chugging honey before crooning into the mic.
Bellyfire caters to businesses, large-scale events, and busy families that don't have time to prepare homemade meals during the week. Bellyfire’s gourmand gang slaves over hot stoves to churn out culinary creations such as grilled salmon on bowtie pasta with a strawberry, red onion, and romaine salad; and sweet-and-sour pot roast with root vegetables and green-bean-tomato salad. Each meal consists of a palate-prepping salad and a hearty entree with two sides. In order to eliminate the drudgery of dish cleaning, all dinners come in disposable containers, which can be thrown out or fashioned into miniature toboggans for toy-poodle dogsled teams. Bellyfire can deliver meals hot and ready for immediate feasting or cold for storing and reheating.
Nora’s Design Group brims with talent. A team of nearly forty stylists, aestheticians, and massage therapists converge their skill sets to create a truly full-service salon. Their collective repertoire covers the full range of hair services, such as cuts, color, and extensions, and braiding as well as spa services such as facials, microdermabrasion, and eye lash extensions. Elsewhere, nail technicians primp hands and feet and massage therapists assuage aching muscles with 30- 60- or 90-minute massages.
The human mouth hides 32 teeth, any one of which could be a sweet tooth. Over the Top Productions caters dessert tables for events of all sizes, brining custom-crafted candies and chocolates to sate an army of sugar-craving teeth. The caterers consult with the event's organizers to determine not only size and number of mouths to be fed, but also the color palette of the venue. They craft their custom candies – and wine and champagne pairings – to match the atmosphere. In February 2013, the caterers take on the role of full event planners, throwing a Group Wedding Event to hitch couples in style.
At Indian Trails, children, seniors, and adults alike can embark on an 18-hole quest for small-scale golfing glory on one of two lushly landscaped courses. After expressing their preference for a green, purple, or royal-Stewart-plaid ball, golfers can get in some practice putts and throw away swings before choosing their own adventure on either the Braves & Squaws or Chiefs & Princesses course. Winding through naturally sylvan scenery, the paths for each course take golfers across bridged streams, forested paths, and to the base of a watery cascade, where each hole is designed to blend in to the natural terrain in order to swallow feral golf balls unaware.