Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries, daisy pineapples, and tomatoes getting in touch with their fruit roots in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Pump It Up party centers pique the spirits of young and restless rovers with safe, clean, and climate-controlled indoor arenas packed with a bevy of custom bounce houses, obstacle courses, and merry-making inflatables. Their trained staff continuously casts watchful eyes over young bouncers, ensuring that kids safely burn off excess energy as they leap, duck, and dive with abandon during open play sessions, summer camps, and birthday parties. The customizable, multi-hued playscape, vibrant with primary colors and a sound system, captures the romping imaginations of tykes and magazines alike, earning a mention in Parents Magazine’s list of "Six Fun Places to Party." Parents are always admitted for free with their child, and may join in the fun as well, engaging their inner youth as they lovingly supervise, socialize with other parents, or fill out patent papers for the world's first inflatable minivan.
With help from a staff of paddleboarders, surfers, environmental scientists, and a dog named Dillon, Kayak Amelia founders Jody and Ray Hetchka combine their love for outdoor sports with environmental conservation. Ray, a certified naturalist and self-described tree hugger, peppers guided kayak, bicycle, and paddleboard eco tours with facts on flora, fauna, and all the best smells circulating throughout the island's delicate ecosystem. In addition to guided tours, Kayak Amelia teaches paddleboard and kayak lessons, and leads fishing trips and overnight kayak excursions. Guests can sign up for tours, or rent equipment for the day, at Kayak Amelia's storefront, Y.B. Green's General Store, which carries eco-friendly gifts such as beeswax candles, carved bone necklaces, and clay-dyed clothing.
UBreakiFix is where electronic are made whole. Whether you dropped your smartphone at work, or your tablet won’t turn on, UBreakiFix repairs and services a wide variety of electronics, from a child’s newly broken video game console to aging laptops and state-of-the-art tablets. Their phone services are a particular specialty, with prior experience repairing Motorola, HTC and LG electronics, plus the full gamut of iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. Thankfully, many fixes are simple enough to be handled on the spot from inside their small storefront on Tapestry Park Circle, which means you won’t have to wait long to be reunited with your favorite electronic toy. Heftier jobs like phone screen replacements, water damage fixes and broken head phone jack repairs may take longer, but UBreakiFix always provides free diagnostics so you’ll at least know what to expect.
Vera Auvil's passion in life has always been cultivating knick-knacks and odds-and-ends—her "sweet nothings," as her husband used to say—so when the opportunity to purchase her own store came her way, she knew she wanted to fill its shelves and aisles with her favorite little things: clothes, jewelry, home décor, and makeup. She christened the shop Auvil's Sweet Nothings and set to work cultivating local artisans and national vendors who proffer goods such as De Novo, Waterford crystal, and Yellow Box Shoes. The skilled staffers at her vendor-based store can even help clients brighten smiles with Beaming White teeth-whitening services, make-over mugs with Jane Iredale cosmetics, and learn to cheat during shopping-cart races.
It was a happy day in Mandarin when Dreamette opened its second location on San Jose Boulevard. The original, dated from 1948, sits in Murray Hill and is well known among locals as the absolute epitome of tasty, locally-made ice cream. The Mandarin Dreamette serves up the same ice cream menu as its original, with soft serve chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and swirls ranking as top picks. This easygoing location is housed in a strip shopping center, which means scant tables and chairs for indoor eating, while white tile flooring and old fashioned script lettering on the windows gives an aged feel to the place. The peanut butter chocolate milkshake and the brownie sundae, both longtime local favorites, have not lost a step at this newest Mandarin outpost.