Although Sue Towler developed a steadfast work ethic during 24 years of service in the United States Air Force, it's her love of dogs that continues to bring out the best of her nature. Before opening The Barking Lot, where she and her staff of canine devotees lovingly provide dog boarding and daycare services, Sue started a home pet-sitting service and a no-kill animal shelter, both of which she still runs. At The Barking Lot, pooches frolic together on a grassy playground during playtime, monitored by the staff in case a debate about the president's dog's foreign-policy experience gets out of hand. At night, boarding pups settle into tiled suites and air-conditioned kennels.
After more than 10 years spent honing his craft, Christopher C. Crisp founded Happy Feet Dance Studios in 2009. Along with his fellow expert instructors, he guides students through a variety of ballroom dance styles, including the foxtrot, hustle, and samba. The private lessons build solid dance foundations with individual attention and assistance. During group classes, the instructors foster enhanced technique with frequent partner swaps, helping guests to master step patterns and develop leading and following skills. Students then test out their newly acquired twinkle toes at in-studio practice parties before night-on-the-town sessions, where teachers and pupils cha-cha at local venues and attempt to tango with passing cabs.
Batt Family Fun Center's facilities lure bowlers of all ages with a plethora of smooth lanes, some of which are surrounded by bumpers, and league and specialty bowling. Roll one of Batt Family Fun Center's colorful, varying-in-weight bowling balls toward innocent pins while wearing stylish yet effectual nonscuffing footwear. Xtreme bowling, a cosmic-bowling experience that takes place on Friday and Saturday nights, dazzles the eyes with lasers, disco lights, black lights, and fog, and doles out stimulation for the ears in the form of loud music and the sounds professional athletes make when they get injured. An arcade room and snack bar ensure those waiting to roll remain entertained and full of flavor. Rounding out the family fun are billiards tables and glow-in-the-dark mini golf.
Midnight Sun Imports is a retail shop located in the Five Points section of Jacksonville, specializing in unique handmade gifts from around the world. The eclectic and colorful shop has a wide collection of sterling silver and gemstone jewelry, as well as sarongs, yoga wear, wall art, floor coverings, statues and incense. Deity figures and jewelry from India, Thailand and Nepal and home furnishings from Bali and Indonesia make Midnight Sun Imports a unique spot to purchase a gift, or find the perfect piece to spruce up your home. Buddhas of every size and shape line the shelves as well as books, frames, art and clothing in this colorful Eastern importer, where a stroll up and down the aisles leaves much for the eyes to feast upon.
Parking lots. Backyards. Neighborhood streets. These are just a few of the places Jump -4- Joy transforms into rollicking playgrounds with its parade of bounce houses, water slides, dry slides, and jousting and boxing rings. They arrive at destinations with inflatables, such as the 35-foot-high Jacksonville Shark slide or the sports-themed bounce house with a built-in basketball hoop, and perform all the setup and takedown. Air-filled fun houses such as the Disney princess castle and obstacle courses are good year-round for all special events, including birthdays, school functions, and barbecues.