Sharper Image is the mothership of cool gadgetry, stocking all manner of electronic and modern doodads under one physical and online roof. Almost no facet of daily life is untouched by the store's stock: from sleeping to eating, relaxing to working, indoors to outdoors, there's a product on its shelves to make any activity easier or more fun. White-noise alarm clocks wake owners in the morning, but not before lulling them to sleep with clear, oceanic sounds. Digital barbecue forks test the internal temperature of grilled meats, and motion-activated desk lights give workers an illuminated runway for their paper airplanes.
The energetic hosts at My Girly Party plan lavish birthday parties and events chock full of entertainment and interactive fun. Their roster of parties—which range in theme from princess to pajama party and can be held in their private party space or on location—incorporate high-energy karaoke, tea parties, and fashion shows. The hosts also pamper their pint-sized guests with mini facials and manicures. My Girly Party also hosts soirees designed specifically for Girl Scouts, enriching their scout experience with activities like dance parties, photo shoots, and tying up stuffed animals with complex square knots.
A catnapper’s paradise awaits at Michigan Discount Mattress, where dozens of napping slabs await trial dozes. The mattress menagerie is populated with a variety of species, including beds woven from memory foam, natural latex, viscose, and soy-based natural foam. Though they range from soft, pillow-top styles to ultrafirm cement blocks, each mattress comes from a quality brand, such as Corsicana, Restonic, and Nature’s Sleep.
For more than 28 years, the professional casino and bar personnel at Bar and Casino Trainers have shared their on-the-job expertise through hands-on lessons that open doors to lucrative new careers. During mixology training courses, students step behind the bar to train with real equipment as they craft cocktails and learn useful customer-service skills. Alternately, casino courses impart the finer points of card dealing and equipment handling required for state and national certification to run games as diverse as roulette, poker, craps, and blackjack. Once students master skills such as double-deck blackjack dealing and patron interaction, they learn about the finer points of when to bluff and when to fold in a job interview. Casino course graduates have been placed in high-profile casinos such as MGM Grand Casino Detroit Downtown, the Caesar's in Windsor, and Las Vegas as well as having trained students that have participated in the World Series of Poker tournament.
After pupils complete their coursework, the company's job-placement director draws on a decade of experience and a wealth of business connections to introduce students to prospective employers enjoying the steady job growth, flexible hours, and competitive wages of the nightlife industry.
Game Crazy definitively proves that kick the can’s days of glory are long past by enlivening parties with modern diversions such as a mobile gaming truck, portable laser tag, human-size hamster balls, and other party games. The business’s game coaches arrive promptly at birthday bashes, pulling up in a brightly colored truck tricked out with Xbox Kinect and Wii systems that up to 24 celebrants can play at once. After players have had their fill of the theater’s LCD screens, fog machines, and ambient lighting, they can head into the host’s backyard, where Game Crazy’s human-size hamster balls allow partygoers or freakishly large hamsters to face off. The business’s party experts can also transform yards into laser-tag arenas complete with bunkers, outfitting combatants with smoke grenades and state-of-the-art laser tag guns. Slingshots equip players for real-life simulations of Angry Birds, whereas vests with water-saturation monitors increase the stakes in water tag by determining who’s out and who’s actually a kitchen sponge that sneaked in uninvited.