Five computer systems. Five cryptic messages. Five seconds before another beam of infrared light threatens to take you down. That is, unless you can hack into the mainframe in time. Mission Combat's more than 15,000 sq. ft. of indoor competition space hosts laser tag missions, including capture the flag, death match, and the aforementioned decode?in which teams must deliver "hacked" computer messages to referees in order to win the game and the respect of every actor who's ever starred in a heist movie.
Black lights and a glowing, futuristic atmosphere surround players as they weave their ways through four separate arenas. In their hands: multiple types of laser guns, including pistols and rifles. Choosing the correct infrared arsenal may just be the deciding factor in winning the tactical missions. Mission Combat takes up residence in the Factory of Terror entertainment complex, with additional locations set to open.
Harbor Queen Cruises' namesake cruise boat Harbor Queen slices through the sparkling waters of Narragansett Bay during daytime jaunts or evening soirees. Passengers can take to the high seas for dining and drinks during dinner or brunch cruises, or wander the two climate-controlled decks during cocktail parties. Harbor Queen Cruises makes parties memorable with the help of an onboard chef, who crafts buffet-style meals and New England–style clambakes, and a complimentary parrot for every guest’s shoulder.
At Trader Jan’s Archery Pro Shop, up to 23 archers can take aim and send arrows singing through the air toward targets on 10-, 20-, and 40-yard ranges. Trader Jan's virtual ranges provide bow shooters with foam targets and 3D targets that simulate hunting deer, as well as paper targets that simulate hunting wild bullseyes.
In the pro shop, the specialists outfit customers with recurve bows, compound bows, traditional bows, and youth bows. They can also set archers up with sights, scopes, stabilizers, and supplies for building custom arrows.
The chefs at Tap House Grille wrap bacon around meatloaf, top hand-formed Angus beef patties with guacamole and roasted chilies, and put inventive spins on classic American dishes. In the dining room, flatscreen televisions hang above tufted banquettes and a handsome wooden bar keeps more than 50 bottled beers and 24 rotating drafts chilled. On Friday and Saturday nights, live music, comedy acts, and Simon Says tournaments entertain patrons, and a complimentary valet service babysits patrons’ cars.
When Simon and Jennifer Sousa opened Adagio Piano Lounge, they thought music would be the focus. That's why they planned to offer only a short menu of appetizers and drinks. But with Jennifer's mother, Lucy, in the kitchen, food became much more than an afterthought; her dishes garnered praise from patrons as well as The Herald News. Visitors can devour steamed littleneck clams in garlic sauce, chicken marsala, or Portuguese steak while live bands or dueling pianists perform in the background. Bartenders mix martinis and pitchers of sangria to pair with sumptuous entrees.
Boxing is renowned for its full-body fitness benefits and its high-intensity workouts. It's also considered by many to be a male-dominated sport. Dena Paolino is changing that. In 2009 she established Striking Beauties, the only female-centric boxing gym in New England, as a way to introduce women to the sport. At the gym, instructors lead beginners and experienced boxers through sessions full of jabs, strikes, and uppercuts, all of which help build muscle tone, boost endurance and agility, and develop hand-eye coordination.