Beneath all the action, colors, and puzzles of video games, there's an entire universe of technology, engineering, and art waiting to be explored. At Game World summer camps, kids aged 10?18 delve into that universe. Designed by actual game developers, the camp and its curriculum celebrate video games and all that goes into making them. Students learn how to create a game, gaining skills in programming, design, and even business tactics along the way. All that knowledge gets put to use, too, since campers work in teams to create their own game, be it an intricate RPG or an alternate reality where Mario has no mustache.
Rich, yellow threads of saffron melt into the stews and kebab marinades simmering in the kitchen of Shandeez Grill Restaurant. Family plates cover tables with a variety of Persian-style kebabs to share or play pickup sticks with, and Greek recipes entertain diners with flavorful gyro wraps and cool tzatziki sauce. On select nights, live music mixes with the scent of seared meat on the grill and sweet hookah smoke snaking through the dining room.
The two mothers who founded North Oaks Country Child Development Center were unable to find a daycare center that felt like a home for their children, so they put their heads together and created one themselves. With a focus on positive reinforcement and praise, their staff helps establish the building blocks for kindergarten and beyond—including lessons that touch on math, science, and art. Whatever the lesson, instructors aim to help kids build the self-assurance and confidence that will allow them to excel in elementary school.
Just because licensed massage therapist and owner Karoline Eubank Marks has worked on the Philadelphia 76ers doesn?t mean you need to be a famous athlete or a mathematically automorphic number to indulge in her services. At Austin ReVital Massage, Karoline and her team perform customized Swedish, deep-tissue, and sports massages on all manner of clients, whether they?re seven-foot tall rebounding machines or white-collar office dwellers. In addition to easing chronic backaches, tension, and headaches with traditional massage services, the team is trained in advanced neuromuscular massage, which allows them to help clients suffering from nerve compression and postural issues.
Inside a white bungalow-style building on McNeil Drive, Selma Berlet, Kerem Ozen, and Sarah Starling, a trio of devoted hair artisans, make up the core staff that engineers their business' meticulous brand of highlights, perms, and other hair services. Regular clients arrive for prescheduled appointments with their preferred stylist knowing that the principled staff members refuse to rush through any hair, nail, or beauty service. Kerem, for example, honed his methodical approach during the course of a 35-year career spent in the hairstyling trenches, where he learned the value of thoroughness and taking your scissors out for dinner and a movie once in a while. Along with his colleagues, the master-level stylist and color specialist wields an arsenal of pro-grade products by Redken, Paul Mitchell, and the in-house line Kenneth and Russ.
Keith Dartez and Shannon Landry got the entrepreneurial itch after logging 50 combined years of experience in the pizza industry. After they decided to go into business for themselves, they soon decided they didn?t want to create a run of the mill pizza joint. They exercised their creativity, incorporating tried-and-true Cajun recipes into traditional pizzeria dishes. The fusion of flavors manifests in Cajun Pizza Place, where the duo top thin-crust pizza with Cajun staples such as shrimp, barbecue chicken, and spicy jalapenos, sided with Cajun favorites such as muffulettas and fried shrimp po-boys. The spicy kick of the hot-smoked sausages and gumbo can be cooled with seven varieties of draft beer or a hug from an icy polar bear.