It's a big leap from the bustle of an athletic field to the solitude of a darkroom, but Calumet Photographic made the transition seamlessly more than 70 years ago. From its origins as a Chicago sporting-goods store, the company evolved into a one-stop shop for cameras and darkroom equipment and eventually into an innovator of photographic technology. In the 1960s, Calumet's most brilliant minds were behind the development of the Caltar large-format-lens line and nitrogen burst film.
Today, Calumet Photographic continues to manufacture and sell professional photographic products and software across the globe, boasting more than 25 retail stores throughout the US and Europe. Their shops abound with both new and used high-quality cameras and equipment, rental gear, and knowledgeable technicians eager to help customers find the right equipment for the job. The company’s extensive online catalog enables shoppers to purchase equipment from around the world and have it shipped directly to their home, studio, or mall photo booth they’ve claimed as a studio.
Rainbow Play Systems’s expansive showrooms introduce kids aged 2 to 10 to a wonderland of gym equipment, all of which is available for purchase. A multitude of swing sets with spiral slides, trapeze rings, and tire swings exercise tykes while preparing them for the physics portion of the SAT.
Lighting living rooms for more than 30 years, Littman Bros. stocks stylish wares from more than 200 lighting, furniture, and home-accessory manufacturers, as well as fashionable, energy-saving options. Littman's luminous 10,000-square-foot showroom features an incandescent collection of bathroom, outdoor, under-cabinet, and wall-lighting fixtures, including Trans Globe flush-mount fixtures ($124.20) and rattan table lamps ($82.80). Homeowners can dress domiciles in a fetching and phantom-free Metropolitan chandelier ($1,592), or illuminate outdoor grub-digging sessions with an ornate Dolan wall lantern ($184).
For more than 45 years, the luminaries at Crest Lighting have been matching customers with ideal and elegant custom-lighting solutions. Spice up sitting rooms with a 27-inch wood-and-rattan table lamp ($74.88) or make menus more readable with a 32-inch buffet lamp in antique silver ($74.10). Homeowners can also enlighten living rooms with a brilliant mat-nickel-and-alabaster-glass three-light chandelier ($74.96) or bedeck broom closets with an etched-glass bronze wall sconce ($72.91). Stocked with wares from more than 150 brand-name manufacturers, each Crest Lighting showroom also features a host of outdoor-lighting options, including vintage rust wall lights ($73.01). All lighting showrooms are open Monday–Saturday, and today’s deal is not valid for the purchase of light bulbs, electrical-supply material, dimming equipment, or cold-fusion-powered nightlights.
Marc Hauser has captured the portraits of numerous celebrities during his illustrious career, including Michael Jordan, Woody Allen, Sophia Loren, Julia Roberts, Dennis Rodman, and recently Lollapalooza musicians. Although sessions with Hauser usually start around $1,200, this philanthropically-oriented Groupon covers up to five corporeal beings, whether they be children, adults, pets, or eldritch whisperers from the outer regions, all without dishing out the kind of dough with which celebrities bake. There is an additional charge per extra person, pet, or cardboard standup of Yoda. Following the shoot, you will receive one high-quality, 8"x10" fine art print of the portrait to hang on the wall, spam message boards on the internet, or staple over the actual face represented in the picture. Extra prints will be available for purchase.
The third annual Fashion's Night Out lands shoppers amid celebrities, performers, and famous designers as they mingle in one of the world's largest department stores. Over the course of the event, fashionistas can hearken to the soulful sounds of a live performance by critically acclaimed songstress Joss Stone, behold Bobbi Brown as she presents a line of cosmetics, and watch as fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger mystifies all present with his blitz chess prowess. Witness the launch of new fragrance lines and participate in exclusive activities such as trivia and giveaways, all while a radio personality and DJ emcee the event. The after-hours shopping gala takes place in historic Herald Square and sends New York Fashion Week hurtling toward its catwalk-propelled finale in style.