When Mountain Mattress first opened in 2003, it wasn't much of a mountain. In fact, it was just a small showroom with about a dozen mattress models. A combination of premium products and attentive customer service, however, has helped the family-owned store flourish into a multi-level showroom with more than 30 on-display mattresses from some of the industry's top brands, including Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Perhaps more important than Mountain Mattress' products, though, is its above-and-beyond approach to service. To help customers get the most out of their shopping experience, the store provides mattress guides and financing plans, as well as optional delivery and installation services that prevent customers from having to trek home with a mattress strapped to their back.
Barley Creek Brewing Company, the first microbrewery in the Poconos since the repeal of prohibition, serves up a wide range of frothy drafts, fresh wings, burgers, and seafood. The abounding menu includes the full-rack St. Louis barbecue ribs, which are dusted with signature dry rub and covered in a tangy barbeque sauce ($19.95). Sandwiches such as the Barley Creek cheesesteak, stuffed with grilled shoulder tip, mushrooms, onions, peppers, and melted american cheese ($12.95), compete with three burger varieties ($10.95 each) for stomach space. Traditionally handcrafted beers, cascade forth from the on-site 10-barrel brewhouse like red rum from a haunted elevator. Every month features a new brew, and Barley Creek always keeps at least six micros on tap, such as the bonny British Antler Brown Ale, which won a bronze from the World Beer Championship with its smooth chestnut quintessence and mildly hoppy bite.
The Crayola Experience packs hands-on fun into more than a dozen exhibits spread over three floors. Visitors can step into a photo booth that creates a coloring page featuring themselves, doodle in the dark on giant glow boards, and paint with melted wax—or head to the Crayola Chronology exhibit to learn more about the company's colorful past. The Crayola Color Crew keeps the world's largest crayon caddy stocked with more than 100 Crayola crayon colors with which kids can draw pictures of their family or favorite TV family. Live manufacturing demonstrations allow visitors to watch crayons and markers being birthed before their eyes.
Character appearances, pizza, and Crayola crafts make birthday parties at The Crayola Experience memorable. The Crayola Store houses the world's largest crayon, which weighs in at 1,500 pounds and was forged from 123,000 blue crayons—the same number Picasso went through during his Blue Period.
After visiting many of the area's kid-friendly play spaces with her own two daughters, Tara Carson decided to take a swing at it herself. Wanting to create a fun and affordable place for parents to hang out with their kids, Tara opened Jellybean Town, USA, a place that stokes kids' imaginations. Parents and tots flock to the multicolored space for art classes?both for kids and adults?where they might paint pictures, design a mosaic, or make a bust of their favorite teacher with duct tape. Open art and playtime sessions give visitors access to art stations and opportunities for imaginative pretend play, such as Jellybean Town's costume shop, play market, and library.
Walking past hairWerks' brick façade, guests encounter a spacious interior enlivened by bright white furnishings, glossy hardwood floors, and a bubbly team of salon professionals leveraging L’Anza haircare products. The beautifying haven tends to clients from fingertips to tresses, accenting traditional treatments with spa services such as facials, massages, and spray tanning sessions that eliminate the need to change the sun's bulb every two years. Despite the salon's black-and-white decor, it manages to catch the eye with pink and purple zebra-print chairs and a rainbow's worth of professional OPI polishes.