The nuptial experts at Mr. & Mrs. take a serious approach toward matching couples with their ideal wedding planner, using a brief quiz to gauge clients’ preferences and personalities before they even walk through the door. Once seated in one of Mr. & Mrs. consultation suites, couples glean wedding-day wisdom from the team’s experts, including Ashley Hotka, a detail-minded floral designer, and Jen Fyffe, a wedding coordinator who hails from California. Combining a professional touch with a stress-free attitude, each consultant walks pairs through the vendor selection process and helps them to set up meetings and make decisions about everything from the catering menu to the music. Mr. & Mrs. also opens up its brightly colored studio space for DIY workshops, where couples gather to learn wedding day dances or timing tricks to ensure the reception flows smoothly between the best man’s speech and pickle-throwing contests.
At Screenland, campy and classic are rarely mutually exclusive terms. The movie theater serves as a cinematic time machine, transporting spectators through the history of Hitchcock's mysteries and straight into the heyday of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Though it also shows current titles, its schedule is often beholden to audience whims—the Crossroads location hosts new independent films that are uniquely screened at this sole location. This dual devotion to cherished and modern flicks helped Screenland earn the 2012 Readers' Choice award for Best Movie Theater from the Pitch.
Even outside the projection room, nostalgia rules. More than 40 games, from Donkey Kong to Missile Command, test dexterity at the Crossroads location's retro arcade, where guests can purchase passes to play indefinitely or until Frogger finally flags down a cab. Photographs taken by former Kansas City mayor Dick Berkley accompany historical trivia in the adjacent gallery, and celebrity handprints mark the outdoor patio. Greeting cinephiles out front is a marquee salvaged from the Isis Theatre, just as it once greeted a young Walt Disney when he shared his early animations there.
Wedding receptions and corporate meetings alike have taken advantage of the theater's capacity for private functions. At both exclusive and public events, however, a full-service bar supplies guests with libations, cracking open bottles of Boulevard Pale Ale and Tallgrass Velvet Rooster.
At its new location in the vibrant Power and Light District, Lovebird drapes patrons in denim, dresses, tops, and vintage accessories for women. Show spring solidarity with an empire-waist floral top ($48) from Tulle or transport your ensemble to the world of chic in the sleek spaceship of a slimming skinny tee ($22), available in an array of colors.
H&R Block At Home products provide busy taxpayers with guided software and expert advice from tax specialists designed to empower them with the cent-saving skills of a level 10 tax master. The easy-to-use software packages are personalized to suit any income, occupation, marital status, or musical taste, and all come with the benefit of a maximum-refund guarantee and live, one-on-one audit support, if needed. Filers with minimal write-off needs can opt for the Basic package ($19.95) to easily import last year's returns and their current info from H&R Block At Home, TurboTax, or any H&R Block office. Homeowners, charitable donors, and those who invest in more than time will benefit from the personalized Deluxe package ($29.95), which can help decode the reimbursement potential of mortgage interest, donations, and stock sales. The self-employed and those who own rental properties can find maximum aid with the Premium software ($49.95), which includes one session of live support from one of H&R Block's tax professionals.
Whether cleaning stained carpets or unclogging gutters, Whole Home Cleaners’ technicians show up to jobs well prepared. Their high-volume extraction systems and Rotovac brushes remove blemishes from carpet fibers without damaging them, and their pressure-washing equipment de-grimes walls and turns clouded windows transparent again. During housekeeping services, they even bring a tracking binder system, which allows both homeowners and cleaners to keep tabs on which parts of the house have been tidied up recently, which need attention, and which have been ceded to the wolves.
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