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 jump sessions, 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.
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 private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.
Specializing in succulents and drought-tolerant plants, Living Green Nursery pumps oxygen into the atmosphere with its massive selection of retail and wholesale plants, many of which are grown on the shop's extensive grounds. A sprawling net reaches over verdant rows of potted plants and trees ($2.99+) and lush patches of vegetables and herbs ($2.99). Living Green Nursery's excellent selection of water-retaining succulents and other drought-tolerant vegetation helps achieve any hydrophobic gardener's wildest dreams ($1.99–$19.99). In addition to its extensive cache of plants, Living Green Nursery also offers several options for outdoor furniture ($199–$2,500), flower-complementing pottery ($8–$200), and fountains ($99–$300) for bathing avians or squirrels looking for a place to wade while drinking a gin and tonic. After selecting the flora of their choice, blossom boosters can head over to Living Green's planting station where the nursery's green-thumbed gurus can assist in the assembly of colorful customized containers of their new photosynthesis-dependent friend.
Power Professional Cleaners scours soiled duds with advanced, efficient dry-cleaning and laundering services. Their friendly wardrobe wizards pick up clothing on location and whisk it away to their magical scouring lair, obliterating grime, soot, and stains from pants ($5.50), jackets ($6.95), dress shirts ($1.95), and dresses ($8.95) with eco-friendly chemicals. Turnaround times are quick—one hour for dry cleaning—after which clothes are delivered neat and pressed to their owners' doorsteps, offices, or hovercraft RVs.