Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
In the distance, the thump of discharged weapons can be heard. Spires of a castle loom over the tree tops, and as the platoon approaches, a hail of fire fells three of them. As those hit trudge off the field and wipe the paint from their goggles, the rest of their team makes a hasty retreat only to assault the position from a different angle. These tense moments occur daily at Three Rivers Paintball. More than 70 acres of wooded battlefield sports crashed airplanes, broken down tanks, and large-scale fortresses. The staff also hosts airsoft battles, with scenarios reenacting battles from history such as World War II or Napoleon's thumb wars. A full-service pro shop carries traditional paintball equipment needed to wage nonlethal war.
My Big Fat Greek Gyro showcases the flavors of Greece and the Mediterranean region. The restaurant was founded by a pair of food-industry veterans in 2005, and their philosophy emphasizes freshness as much as it does taste. Its chefs craft made-to-order dishes right on the spot using all-natural breads, crisp veggies, and lean meats that are marinated and prepared daily. As a follow-up to main courses, the kitchen team offers equally fresh Greek desserts, such as baklava and rice pudding.
The knowledgeable luminaries at Platinum Lighting Concepts help visitors navigate a wealth of lamps, chandeliers, mirrors, and home accessories. The lighting boutique carries creations by a range of designers that include Hinkley, Kichler, and Kenroy Home. Lamps by Meyda Tiffany ($37.50+) or a bronze table light by Kenroy International ($85) brighten rooms more elegantly than a lightning-bug butler. Chandeliers ($52.50+) range from Hinkley's five-light bronze up chandelier ($437.80) to the graceful lines of a three-light chrome fixture with a satin platinum finish ($174.38). Pendant lights ($17.60+) hang over bars or illuminate bow-tie collections, and sconces ($13.75+) cling to walls. A range of ceiling fans, clocks, and mirrors allows homeowners to add a unique flourish to domiciles.
Wild Birds Unlimited stocks a wide variety of supplies to please serious hobbyists and ornithological amateurs alike. Based on more than 30 years of research, their cache of supplies is designed to please and attract flocks of all forms, with types of birdseed specially formulated to the season that feature 100% edible seeds. They also carry high-quality feeding equipment, birdbaths, and viewing gear such as binoculars and books on various species and their native regions.
Though they've been open for only three years, Backstage Guitars has already amassed an impressive collection of equipment and instruments from renowned brands such as Zildjian, Ludwig, Fulltone, and Remo at their two locations. An amiable and skilled staff can educate visitors on the stash of harmonic accoutrements on the store floor or lead them through private lessons in drums, guitar, and guitar-related instruments such as the ukulele or a field-hockey stick wrapped in spaghetti. Backstage's Rock Band Academy helps musicians to develop an even deeper appreciation of their chosen instrument, creating a band for similarly inclined students and culminating in a live set at Hard Rock Cafe.