There is rarely a free moment during the bustling workdays of the chefs at Pompei Little Market. As soon as they enter their shop and slip into aprons, they begin slicing up meats, cheeses, and vegetables for their selection of made-to-order paninis, sandwiches, and wraps. They also whip up chunky tuna, chicken, and egg salads before darting over to stoves to stir pots of seasonal homemade soups. Once the lunch rush has ended, they turn their attention to catering orders, arranging platters of cold cuts, assorted paninis, and pastries. The chefs also pack large trays with freshly made Italian specialties, from meaty lasagna to savory mussels marinara.
Amid all this bustle, the market's staff also designs custom gift baskets to match a variety of occasions, such as baskets of fine champagne and chocolates to celebrate weddings or gourmet hard candies to support a friend's New Year's resolution to stop chewing. While customers await their orders of freshly made deli sandwiches, catered meals, or specialty baskets, they can also peruse the shop's selection of fine wines and liquors.
At Bright Light Studios, photographer Sameh draws on more than a decade of experience in the industry to helm a creative team dedicated to capturing professional photographs and recording momentous occasions on video. The artistic photographers aim their lenses at subjects of all ages and dispositions, from graduating seniors and smitten couples to cats looking to start viral Internet memes. They also snap images at landmark events, blending into the background at bar mitzvahs or crouching behind tiered cakes at weddings so as not to interfere with candid moments. Back in the studio, a team of graphic designers helps businesses get off their feet, designing company logos and layouts for brochures and marketing campaigns.
Ball pits and roller coasters one day, music and dancing the next day, and picture time with Sponge Man another day. With the themed play dates at Kids Rule, kids experience something new each day. The entertainment center also beckons parties with its 30 snow machines, 30 bubble machines, and confetti cannons, as well as a music-responsive LED dance floor. Younger kids can ride roller coasters and trains, and older kids can slip into large inflated spheres for a game of human bumper balls, build a stuffed animal, or turn friends into abstract art with a paintball battle.
World of Wings strives to teach children the value of life and introduce them to the wonders of the natural world through its butterfly atrium and museum. Paths wind through an oasis of waterfalls, tropical plants, chirping birds, and nectar flowers, which provide food for the hundreds of Lepidoptera fluttering inside the glass enclosure. Knowledgeable staffers are on-hand to explain to visitors why butterflies exhibit certain behaviors, such as puddling (butterflies drink from muddy puddles when they need minerals and there's no San Pellegrino around).
In the museum, guests can visit with amphibians and reptiles, observe the process of preserving delicate insects, and peek in the butterfly nursery. Staffers move winged beauties from the nursery into the atrium once a day, letting new butterflies experience their first flight in full view of visitors. For fun with slightly less science, kids can scale a climbing wall, go nuts in a bounce room, visit the ocean-like bubble room, and have their eyes tricked in the illusion room.
For more than 40 years, the LaMorte family has regaled diners with mouthwatering Italian meals that spotlight richly sauced pastas, juicy steaks, and ocean-fresh seafood. The fully handicap-accessible space charms visitors with its art-peppered walls, coral accents, and varnished wood. The sun-drenched patio showcases a dark wood bar and a wood-fired brick pizza oven. The restaurant's catering services banquets of up to 500 guests or two narwhals with family-style Italian fare and hot or cold buffets.
For more than 40 years, Party Box's artillery of costumes, decorations, and party supplies has kept celebrants armed for good-natured squeals and screams. Ready yourself for monster mashes and whimsical bank robberies with a Supergirl ($29.99) or Batman ($29.99) costume, or trick-or-treat without fear of self-definition as a zombie rock star ($32.99). Party Box's costume selection boasts sizes from infant to XXL, enabling entire families to get in on the fun. In addition to costumes, Party Box also stocks paper and plastic ware, and decorations for a variety of themes and holidays.