Teeming with precisely organized lighting fixtures, Passion Lighting's 9,000-square-foot retail show room—a multiple-year finalist of Residential Lighting magazine’s Showroom of the Year award—is designed to demystify home lighting and interior design for the everyday customer. Owner Bruce Paul—one of only 125 ALA-certified lighting consultants in the nation—uses his years of illumination expertise to help customers solve their interior-design conundrums. In addition to his company’s website, Paul maintains the video blog LightingGourmet.com, where he doles out expert advice on household lighting strategies and irresistible video clips of kittens installing solar panels.
At each Jump!Zone locale nationwide, children aged 2–12 race through themed play areas, bounce on inflatables, and fly down giant slides. Boys and girls can become airborne in SpongeBob SquarePants and Atlantis-themed bouncers or slide near the vigilant figure of Batman, which, as in real life, is 16 feet tall and filled with air. Kids 18 months and older can tackle a multi-level play-zone maze, and the whole family can blast away in the ball-o-city ball-shooting arena. Meanwhile, Jump!Zone's interactive arcade caters to older children and teens who'd rather game than bounce.
Tots with aspirations to be firefighters slide into a bouncy fire truck, and hopeful time travelers acquaint themselves with their future by examining prehistory in the Jurassic Adventure. Pintsize play timers can dispatch their financial stresses in the Toddler Zone. While the kids play, their adult counterparts can enjoy complimentary coffee, relax in the café, use Jump!Zone's free WiFi and computer, and finally have time to recite the periodic table of elements in peace. Check the schedule for open-play hours.
The Dance Place nurtures nascent toe-tappers through a packed schedule of fun, energetic group classes held in a cheery, purple studio. Under the tutelage of seasoned instructors, daily classes cover a range of rug-cutting methods including waltz, cha-cha, foxtrot, salsa, and other varieties. Amateur dancers can flaunt their newly perfected twists as they solidify technique, socialize with other hip-shakers, and soak up a host of health and wellness benefits. Each class matches students of similar experience levels to avoid unnecessary stumbles as they try to keep up, or the humiliation of accidentally getting served by their partners.
For more than 35 years, the technicians at Berkeys Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing have ensured home temperatures remain reliable and efficient at the flick of a switch. After passing a rigorous background check and a pop quiz on state capitals, uniformed technicians travel to homes to maintain heating and cooling equipment by checking for leaks, cleaning vital components, and lubricating all moving parts. Certified plumbers clear clogs out of pipes and squeeze leaks from loose-fitting connectors, keeping homes’ water sources running smoothly. During every service, technicians courteously wear shoe covers and clean up after themselves.
From design to installation, Platinum Granite helps homeowners re-imagine their homes in lustrous stone and shining silver surfaces. Carrying a collection of granite, marble, travertine, and onyx materials, Technicians use Park Industries equipment to cut and shape materials to custom-fit each kitchen or bathroom. Specialists apply multiple coats of sealer to all countertops, use only quality stone cleaners and polishes, and stand by their skills with a one-year warranty on all workmanship.