Toys on the Square’s 8,000-square-foot space and 50 paint-your-own pottery stations accommodate unusually popular birthday boys and girls as they unleash their rabid creativity alongside all their friends. Artistes can start by choosing a piece of pottery from the hundreds of available mugs, vases, plates, and busts of the cast of Who’s the Boss ($7–$20 for the average piece), then lay claim to their favorite color glazes. Toys on the Square injects fresh inspiration into the air with design books, stencils, and stamps, and the tile wall lets painters preview what each finished color looks like. Once Da Vinci devotees have signed their name to their objet d'art with a permanent glaze pencil, the staff will coat it with a layer of clear over-glaze and then fire it in a kiln. All glazes are nontoxic and lead free, ensuring that finished pieces are safe for eating and drinking. Pieces will be ready for pickup or shipping in three weeks.
N.B. Liebman Furniture Showcase, which has twice been featured in Susquehanna Style magazine’s Who’s Who of business, helps customers design and furnish their domiciles with wares from La-Z-Boy, Berkline, Pennsylvania House, and Klaussner. Maximize C-SPAN viewing angles with a Legends TV cart ($198), or safely rock an aging senator to sleep with a John Thomas rocker ($198). More elaborate décor includes a Sealy Posturepedic queen mattress set ($598), a Lane recliner ($398), and a Better Homes and Gardens dining table and set of four chairs ($1,998). Kids, tweens, and teens can coordinate bedrooms with a variety of colorful furnishings from the Nickelodeon Rooms By Lea collection, which were assembled by cartoon characters looking to expand into the glamorous world of manufacturing.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces?including vases, mugs, and mermaids?await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Middletown Auto Repair's trained techs know their job is not only about maintaining and repairing customers' cars—it's also about ensuring their safety on the road. And it's a responsibility they don't take lightly, whether they're executing a standard oil change or repairing a small engine. Other services include muffler repairs, state inspections, and air-conditioning maintenance. In addition, only quality replacement parts are used, along with the latest diagnostic equipment.
Give the staff members at Stadium Studio photos, a mat, and a frame, and they’ll create a custom piece of sports memorabilia that preserves special memories. To date, their artistic eye and appreciation for sports history has yielded an array of team plaques, signed photos, and artwork. They also can frame sporting equipment in shadow boxes or spruce up framed jerseys with the team’s logo, the team’s font, or a clipping of the team owner’s hair.