Beyond its work staging traditional photo shoots and portraiture, Garden State Photo Studio's team of event photojournalists is dispatched to special occasions to tell their stories. As celebrations such as weddings, sweet sixteens, and bar mitzvahs unfold, photogs follow the belles of the ball, snapping or videotaping a chronology of candid moments with their professional-grade digital cameras and lighting equipment.
Garden State?s traveling photo booths fuel party-time fun and memory-making. After attendants set up the stationary photographer, party-goers pile in as the booth snaps pictures of the revelry. Instant images are printed onto strips and posted online so that guests can relive the memories later or ask the photo booth accusingly why it took so many pictures of Karen.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight weekly and body-fat percentage monthly.
What could be better for a kid's birthday party than a fully-stocked arcade? Maybe a laser tag arena. Or maybe a fancy dining hall with gourmet catering. Or maybe all three in the same place. Established in 2005, Space Odyssey USA makes children's dreams come true with thrilling activities for all ages. A futuristic warehouse space lit by cosmic, neon-colored spheres, Space Odyssey USA offers video games old and new, from the adrenaline-pumping racing game Nitro to a competitive take on an old classic in four-player Pacman Battle Royale. And then there's birthday activities such as an indoor train, glow-in-the-dark sports, and elaborate floral arrangements so that older kids can enjoy a touch of class and younger ones can enjoy their favorite activity: counting small objects.
Le Gourmet Factory is a 6,000-square-foot culinary haven, encompassing seven new professional-grade kitchens?some of which are decked out in chrome, and some cloaked in electric yellow. Though they look flashy, their main purpose is function, as they are designed with input from renowned chefs and stocked with top-of-the-line tools and Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. Here, a team of top-notch professional chefs teaches fledgling cooks their trade in a variety of cooking classes. They lead guests in making pasta, whisking stellar sauces, and creating truffles without ever venturing into a dark and scary chocolate forest. Many classes focus on creating healthy or gluten-free eats, or cover themes such as Girls Night Out and Cooking with Dad. In addition to classes, the school hosts parties and corporate events, and the facility has an IKEA-designed lounge for relaxing before or after classes and events.
Though it doesn’t have its own zip code, yet, Kidville is a sought-after destination for youngsters. The bustling children’s center pulsates with activities designed to cultivate youngsters’ social and developmental skills, such as classes in music, dance, and cooking. Art classes foster creativity and self-expression, and a play space helps children unleash pent-up energy more effectively than journaling on the living room wall in permanent marker. The fun zone also hosts birthday parties in various themes—including railroad, racecar, fairy princess, and superhero—in which the staff takes care of the details, set-up, and cleanup, allowing parents to join in on the fun.
Further accommodating parents, Kidville offers parenting seminars, nutritious snacks in the café, and kid-friendly garments in the boutique.
Amore Tuscan Grille isn't your typical spaghetti-and-meatball joint?for one thing, the spaghetti here is homemade, and comes with lamb stew. That kind of upgrade from the generic is found throughout the seasonal menu, which highlights pasta and meat entrees. Across the board, it's the small add-ons that truly differentiate each dish: the signature chicken and Italian sausage picks up flavor from wild fennel pollen, whereas veal can be ordered with either smoked mozzarella or pine nuts and raisins. Side dishes, including potato croquettes and broccoli rabe flecked with crushed red pepper, complement meals with portions designed for sharing or storing in your cheek pouches for later.