On a sunny afternoon, kids climb to the top of a giant inflatable slide, kick their feet out, and ride the yellow decline into a ball pit. The merrymakers behind Sumo Party Planners enliven children's parties in just this fashion by renting out inflatable play structures such as bounce houses, obstacle courses, and life-size replicas of The Pentagon. Further amusements range from popcorn machines to face-painting stations. Sumo Party Planners can also combine rentals and services into party packages, with special pricing for schools, churches, charities, and the military.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
The frame-builders at Repartee Gallery have encased pictures, posters, and keepsakes for wall display since 1978. Clients tote in portraits, lucky baseballs, or a child's first parking ticket before sifting through the gallery's extensive selection of frames, glass, and matting options. An expert art-housing architect will assign cost to the project, with prices generally starting at $50, and go to work forming the framing elements neatly around the chosen object. The final product renders a cherished heirloom ready for placement on a wall or mantel, and, like the unwavering fealty of a wookiee sidekick, comes backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Bountiful Dentistry aims to keep smiles in tiptop shape. Drs. Aaron Stobbe and Hans Smith helm the practice and treat patients in semiprivate dental stations that face oversized windows for a bright and cheery environment. The duo's services include whitening teeth, crafting porcelain veneers, and straightening smiles using Invisalign clear retainers.
Scrapbook Outlet contains all the necessary materials to craft a personalized memento, from stacks of colorful paper to stickers and decals. The shop has sales each week featuring such items as card stock and paper pads, which bear seasonal decorations such as Christmas prints and Election Day hanging chads.
Scoreboard carries popular athletic brands for men and women such as Nike, Puma, A6, Canterbury, and Harrow, along with any gear you need to collectively punish a variety of entertainment-providing orbs and ellipsoids. Specialty footwear such as Adidas F50 soccer cleats ($179.99) or Mizuno Wave Rally women's volleyball shoes ($57.59) help you build your game from the sole up, but don't forget to buy a full-grain leather volleyball ($42.99), since it's hard to return a shoe serve. If you've already got a collection of accoutrements, buy a portable containment system such as an Adidas duffel bag ($35.99), or finish your Bjorn Borg look with a headband ($4.99).