Razzle Dazzle Photo Booths immortalizes special events with authentic vintage photo booths that supply an unlimited number of candid keepsakes. During each four-hour session, a helpful attendant ushers party guests into the mobile memory maker where they can adorn themselves with props such as Viking helmets, oversize sunglasses, and feather boas. Once inside, subjects can select from a range of backdrops and finishing options including nostalgic black-and-white, full color, or scratch 'n' sniff, before striking their best pose and hurrying back out to snatch up the strips of prints that appear within four seconds. Following each event, party hosts receive a keepsake scrapbook, as well as a comprehensive photo CD to share all images with online friends or lonely disk drives.
When Bill La Fleur decided it was time to open up a second restaurant, he enlisted the aid of his favorite chef in the world—his wife, Karen. Karen donned the chef’s hat and took charge of the restaurant’s kitchen, designing a menu of Italian and American dishes that have since been lauded by reporters from the Post-Standard. The skilled chef showers pasta in housemade sauces and hand rubs premium steaks in piquant, robust seasonings. To craft her old-fashioned fish-fry special, Karen breads fresh haddock before plating the crispy fillets alongside nests of fries and coleslaw.
Customers await meals out in the lively dining room, sipping glasses of fine wine and nibbling on freshly baked italian bread. Soft hanging lamps and the glow of televisions bathe the room in warmth. Throughout the month, the restaurant plays host to live-music performances and energetic parties celebrating everything from Christmas to moon landings.
One part ice-cream parlor, one part indoor playground. That’s Merlin’s Ice Cream and Bounce House’s recipe for all-in-one family entertainment. After ricocheting off the walls of inflatables, navigating obstacle courses, and slipping down slides, kids aged 10 and under rejoin their parents to make their own sundaes with housemade ice creams, sherbets, and frozen yogurts, as well as a variety of toppings.
Working within Decisions Salon, aesthetician Jody hones in on beauty needs. She uses five types of facials to tackle skin concerns such as fine lines, unevenness, or dryness, and even tends to hard-to-reach areas with acne back facials. Jody also takes clients step-by-step through a makeup application, and gives nails up to two weeks of chip-free shine with gel polish.
Awarded Best Martial Arts School in the Family Times' 2012 Besties Awards, Five Star Martial Arts teaches kids and parents alike the rapid-fire movements of martial arts. During youth programs, students aged 4 and older build stamina, dexterity, and intelligence through disciplined instruction at the hands of seasoned masters. Alongside typical belt rankings, badges and stars reward younger students as they master flurries of kicks and punches. Adult students find their own fitness rewards during cardio kickboxing, which blends an international potpourri of martial arts moves with calisthenic and aerobic foundations to form an explosive full-body workout that targets and tones major muscle groups across the body.
Trainers pair their fitness expertise with motivational attitudes, working one on one with students to help them on their path towards achieving personal wellness goals. Classes unfold within Five Star Martial Arts' recently expanded studio. There, new equipment and installations including a Tumbl Trak, a massive foam pit, and a collection of polyplus climbing ropes help trainers add complex gymnastics-inspired exercises to their already sizable arsenal of workouts.
Nestled in Syracuse’s historic Armory Square district, PJ’s Pub and Grill’s unpretentious atmosphere belies the filet mignon sizzling in its kitchen. Patrons can slice into gourmet beef cuts and other upscale dinner entrees, such as a sesame-crusted tuna and portobello-stuffed ravioli, as games unfold on the eatery’s big-screen TVs. Alternatively, diners can opt for bar-style eats, which complement a bar-sized selection of wine, beer and shots. Dishes range from shepherd’s pie and grilled paninis to burgers, such as the Southwestern, crowned in pepper jack cheese and onion straws. A daily rotation of lunch and happy-hour specials adds an element of surprise to the dining experience, much like finding a winning lottery ticket in your date's wallet, and groups can retire to a choice of two brick-walled banquet halls for private celebrations.