A pirate ship, twisty slides, rope ladders, and a tire swing. These are just a few of the imagination-boosting play pieces furnishing KidzClub’s 6,000-square-foot indoor playground. Inside this safe environment, kids eight and under won’t find flashing lights, robotics, or computers that have learned to love. That’s because KidzClub steers clear of toys that minimize engagement by filling the interactive world with hands-on activities that include a mini gas station, a campground, a construction area, and peddle cars. While watching the little ones scamper or act on the stage, parents can sit at booths in the adjacent café and sip complimentary coffee while surfing the Net. Combining adventuresome play with nibbles such as chicken nuggets and pizza under one roof, KidzClub Indoor Play and Party Place also makes a great place for birthday parties.
"Never, never, never give up," is the driving mantra for David Oreck, who flew combat missions with the US Army Air Forces in World War II and returned home to build a business empire from scratch. He set out to design a machine to lighten hotel employees' load, making a lightweight vacuum cleaner as opposed to the traditional bulky, burdensome commercial cleaners. Naturally, the domestic market began clamoring for his high-powered yet easy-to-handle devices, and soon Oreck vacuums could be found in homes throughout the country.
Today, the company continues its tradition of innovation, simplifying household tasks with Steam-Glide mops for hard floors, HEPA-filter upright vacuums, and stain-killing cleaning products. Oreck's commitment to clean sends it headlong into the future, with high-tech air filters that react to their environment with automatic sensory controls, filtering odors, allergens, and curse words.
The Sports Lobby furnishes sports aficionados with ever-increasing ways to proclaim their team loyalties, ranging from water bottles to golf-club-head covers. Yankee window graphics plaster themselves to car windows ($8.99), and a matching wastebasket gobbles up scraps of paper bearing the names of lesser teams ($19.99). Deck the halls with a Jets wall banner ($19.99), or dive into the waiting bouncy castle of Giants body pillows, previously known as the living room ($29.99). Those whose loyalties lie across state lines can protect delicate digits with Boston Red Sox utility gloves ($8.99) or hide the spoils of raids beneath a Minnesota Vikings grill cover ($23.99). A wide variety of team colors and emblems adorn the shelves of The Sports Lobby, and friendly staff members are happy to answer questions such as “How many Los Angeles Angels can dance on a Babe Ruth bobble-head?”
Patchwork Plus lures creative and professional sewers alike with the enchanting siren song of 5,000 square feet of printed and solid fabrics, yarn, thread, patterns, and resources. Visitors can utilize the store's bright natural lighting to assure color accuracy when picking out a yard or two of batik fabric designed by Edyta Sitar to bring Indonesian inspiration to home projects ($9.99/yard), or when checking out Noro’s Kureyon yarn, a hand-dyed 100% wool yarn perfect for knitting projects large, small, and pet-Halloween-costume sized ($9.25/skein). Floriani threads dazzle in a variety of bright colors, making stunning accents for embroidered linens and clothing ($5.95/spool). Oriental, floral, and child-friendly printed fabrics and a wide selection of books and patterns equip seam samurais with a stockpile of creative ammunition.