Theatre Harrisburg has always had community at its heart. Born in the "Little Theatre Movement" of the 1920s, the first place it called home was the basement of the Harrisburg Public Library. It was there that Mrs. Peters, president of the Women's University Club, gathered nine other women to discuss the creation of a volunteer-based company that could produce quality plays. And the women took action. For decades volunteers on and off the stage bounced from venue to venue putting on shows such as The Dover Road, until 1950, when it found its first home at Sixth and Hurlock in uptown. Then, in 1997, the Theatre made a commitment to be the resident company at the new Whitaker Center. Still, whether putting musicals such as The Rocky Horror Show or non-musical dramas, such as a version of Death of a Salesman with all the tap numbers taken out, Theatre Harrisburg relies on the talent of the community.
Cuppy's Coffee and Catering boxes and plates cuisine from a menu of deliverable sandwiches, salads, pastries, hot drinks, and more and drops them at loving doorsteps. Upon calling the service, a friendly, organized serving specialist can talk clients through their order and conflicted feelings about lettuce and then arrange for delivery and setup ($15, not included in Groupon) at the location of their choice within the service area. Boxed lunches ($8.99) house chipotle chicken or roast beef on country white bread, a pretzel roll, or a wrap, and sandwiches sit well-behaved next to chocolate-chip cookies, bottled water, and potato chips. Or fulfill requests to talk with your mouth full with a breakfast fruit tray and pastry-bite package ($7/person) or a bagel sandwich and muffin box ($7.75). Emcees can also watch with pride as party guests dig into shareable soup-and-salad packages ($9.75/person, including chips and cookies) and steaming trays of five-cheese lasagna with rolls ($59.99/eight–10 people) or the American coffee pot with a box of fresh-brewed coffee ($14.95).
Taj Palace stays foodie-friendly with an expansive menu teeming with popular plates from Southeast Asia. Traditional Islamic eating laws are easily abided with the menu's exclusively Halal meat selection, where goat, lamb and chicken live harmoniously on plates teeming with spicy adornments. The tender Rogan Josh comes with your choice of lamb or goat meat, swimming through a heavily spiced sea of sauce ($13.95). The clay Tandoori oven spits out meat and seafood alike, and sautéed Kebabs stabbed through chicken, lamb, and various veggies take the guesswork out of selecting a side dish. The supplemental Chinese food menu offers another kind of Far East fare with a medley of fried rice, noodle, and chicken dishes. For those economical eaters who like to wash down their spicy Indian cuisine with a refreshing drink, the owners encourage the practice of BYOB.
Since 1990, WeeBee Audio/Video has been keeping homes and automobiles wired with audio-and-video systems. The showroom boasts home theaters, stereo systems, and flat-screen TVs; behind the scenes, the technicians integrate the devices into the home or even build custom systems. The audio side is no less stocked. Car stereos, subwoofers, remote starters, and navigation systems bring gadgetry to the road; lighting upgrades and details spruce up a car's appearance.
Trist 'N Shout's twisting sculptors create colorful masterpieces with biodegradable balloons made from Malaysian tree sap and filled with Hi-Float air that can last for up to two weeks. Give loved ones a Darling Duckie creation, whose bright-yellow inflated fowl commemorates birthdays, baby showers, and joyful abundances of breadcrumbs ($45). A bouquet of blue, purple, and green balloons sprouts forth to form the Mod Birthday creation ($35), while the Colorful Birthday Surprise anoints feasting tables with a spectral burst of pigment ($45). Trist 'N Shout's artists can also design custom creations to nearly any specification ($15–$45 for an 8"x6" centerpiece), including Goofies, ballerinas, and illustrations of Einstein's Theory of Relativity.