Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up pulses with inflatable play sets and actually encourages kids to bounce off the walls. Within the indoor playground, a stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings, such as a classic bounce castle and slick inflatable slide that cushions children's heartfelt reenactments of Cool Runnings. On weekdays, families can pop in for open play, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms and complimentary invites. Parties come as straightforward packages or as themed events that place the birthday child in structured story adventures where they take on the role of a mighty and clever superhero or pirate captain that drank too much salt water.
With more than 1,000 frames, The Framing Corner's designers create custom frames and shadowboxes to preserve all types of artwork and three-dimensional mementos. The experienced staff can make knowledgeable recommendations to customers searching for the best-matched frame or fashioning the single-occupancy residence that will complement the work and the home or office wall it's destined to marry. With a variety of materials, The Framing Corner can frame everything from mirrors and canvases to poster art and photographs, with shadowboxes for proudly displaying treasured three-dimensional objects, such as a pet wolverine’s first bronzed hairball.
When not catching a basketball game or ballroom dancing, John Warren Morales is out pursuing his primary passion, photography. With a penchant for dramatic shots, he captures clients' emotions as they pose before breathtaking backdrops of natural scenery or eye-catching architecture. He applies this artful eye to portrait sessions, fashion shoots, commercial photography, and weddings. To add a touch of extra excitement to events such as bar mitzvahs and corporate gatherings, he also offers photo-booth rentals.
The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist’s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host wine tastings, networking events, and cooking classes. During these classes, students perch on wrought-iron stools around marble countertops as they learn to prepare food with wine or the cuisine of faraway countries such as Italy, Thailand, or Narnia. Afterward, they savor their creations amid the pale tiled floors and dark-wood accents of the Tuscan-style space.
One of Orange County's largest buyers of gold, silver, and platinum jewelry, The Jewelry Box accents bodies with new and previously enjoyed jewelry pieces from a variety of brands. Designs by France-turned-OC local Frederic DuClos sparkle with treasure-chest worthiness ($59–$595), and Trollbeads hang colorful stones from the body tree ($28+). In addition to new pieces, The Jewelry Box sells previously enjoyed metals by Tiffany, David Yurman, John Hardy, and Scott Kay, which are refurbished and sold with a one-year warranty ($18+). The Jewelry Box's master goldsmith and master watchmaker combine for more than 90 years of experience. Get your ring resized ($32+) to wear on the finger closest to your matching timepiece, with its newly installed battery ($9.20). Prices can vary depending on required services.