Spicing up sex lives since 1992, Cirilla’s stocks an impressive collection of lingerie, accessories, and adult toys that makes it easy to see how it’s ended up on Nuvo's "Best Of Indy" list two years in a row. Catered to both slim and plus-size clients, the shop's sensuous apparel encompasses everything from stockings and teddies to evocative costumes that fog monocles quicker than an illustrated D.H. Lawrence novel. For silken and scented kneads, lotions and oils sprinkle shoulders and backsides, as do sensual strokes and maneuvers gleaned from one of several instructional books. Grab bags for him, her, and couples award patrons with a surprise assemblage of products from the boutique, which can range from lotion samples to life-size chocolate replicas of famous bridges. A welcoming, open-minded staff happily helps guests explore a trove of body-safe adult toys, such as the waterproof and flexible We Vibe 3, which causes vibrations as good as those spawned from listening to the Beach Boys during an earthquake.
With Mixbook's photo-book services, you can instantly upload your treasured pictures and customize each with the easy-to-use Mixbook editor. Use the editor to crop photos, add text, and rotate any pictures, allowing you to convince friends you met Adam West while hanging upside-down in his master bedroom. Clients can then choose from several different types of printed books, such as the 8"x6" softcover pocket landscape ($11.99 for 20 pages) or the 14"x11" hardcover coffee-table book ($49.99 for 20 pages), ideal for stirring up jealousy in bookless coffee tables. Mixbook uses archival-quality silk paper to ensure that sentimental snapshots have a glossy look and feel. Capture the moment the bride said "I do" with a professional-quality wedding picture book, or encapsulate baby's first word—"mitochondria"—with a baby memory book.
At Derma Med Spa, Dr. M. Siddiqui and licensed aesthetician and laser technician Ekram Subuh help clients transform their faces and bodies with high-tech, noninvasive beauty and health procedures. Microdermabrasion and photofacial treatments remove layers of dead skin cells and splotches of hyperpigmentation from faces with high-tech techniques, while lasers zap away unwanted follicles on any surface of skin across the body. Doctors help clients fight signs of aging with targeted applications of Botox or Juvederm, and laser specialists remove ill-advised inkings of grunge band logos or grocery lists with tattoo removal. Even makeup services are offered from Chicago-based freelancer Ania Massat, who offers personal makeup application for everyone, from brides-to-be on their big day to an adult's first trip to the dentist.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
At each Lover's Lane location, a team of romance specialists busies itself with increasing the chemistry between partners. The process requires a few key ingredients—a non-intimidating atmosphere, a broad knowledge of the shop's erotic wares, and most importantly, a playful and creative approach to intimacy. This fun approach is what keeps the store stocked with such a wide variety of items, from enticing lingerie sets available in petite and full-figure sizes to Kama Sutra massage oils.
In order to ensure customers feel completely comfortable, the lingerie and costumes are separated from the adult toys. The apparel side of the store turns into a holiday hotspot filled with romantic seasonal styles. The other side features such items as luxury massagers from Lelo and California Exotic Novelties and Lover's Kits, which package several products into a single purchase. The Perfect Seduction kit, for example, includes a silk blindfold, rose petals, and a singing gondolier.
Not everything is as it appears at Backyard Boyz Battlegroundz. The Valken Village marketplace, for instance, is really a front for a faux military stronghold, from which paintball players fend off opponents sneaking among the village's dirt roads and buildings. On the prohibition-themed Bootleg field, teams playing the role of federal agents must see through a backwoods building's ordinary veneer in order to locate batches of "White Lighting" hidden inside.
Of course, not all of the fields at Backyard Boyz Battlegroundz require such flights of imagination. On the regulation speedball field, players duck behind gray inflatable obstacles and into bunkers, firing rainbow-hued rounds during daytime or nighttime bouts. A digital scoreboard tracks each team's progress for spectators, who watch from bleachers or a shaded seating area closer to the field.