Andre and his girlfriend were renting a house in Palm Springs for the weekend, and he had a secret plan. After returning from an afternoon massage, his girlfriend found a photo booth waiting inside the doorway. The couple entered the booth, and Andre asked his girlfriend the most important question of his life: "Will you marry me?". She answered yes, the camera flashed, and the photo booth preserved the fleeting moment. This is just one of the special moments Sterling Photo Booth has documented. Equipped with high-resolution Canon cameras and HD touch-screen monitors, their photo booths capture smiling faces and funny poses at weddings and birthdays.
Owners Mark and Marlene Lizada know that each of these events is a unique experience; their staff works one-on-one with clients to design custom booth enclosures and photo strips. Overlaid texts and graphics help commemorate events such as "Mom's Birthday" or "The Grandfather Clock's 1,000th Chime."
Oodles kids' gym and learning center aims to help students of any age improve their physical or scholastic abilities in a fun, structured environment. Youngsters new to standing on their own two feet can fine-tune their gross motor skills in gym classes that combine games, songs, swings, and rides to induce smiles and confident movements. Older students in need of scholastic aid pair up with an Oodles tutor to tackle challenging homework assignments or arts-and-crafts projects. The learning center's curriculum also includes other brain-boosting classes, such as Korean languages, Bollywood dance, SAT study groups, and art-academy sessions. Classes run no longer than 45 minutes, which is long enough to help students grasp the day's lessons without reaching the limit of their attention span or jello-powered battery pack.
The chefs at Sushi World take pride in their sushi rolls and Asian fusion cuisine, looking at their creations as not merely food, but edible art. They prepare baked blue-crab handrolls with garlic aioli and strawberry Cypress rolls behind the striking dark-granite sushi bar and send plates of orange-salsa-draped salmon carpaccio out to meet their fate in a flock of four-seater tables. From the kitchen also comes tempura green-tea ice cream wrapped in the same kind of chocolate cake prizefighters are wrapped in after winning a match.
Signature service: Photo Booth
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Epson printer, Epson photo paper
Pro Tip: With our attention to detail and excellent customer service, we've never had an unsatisfied customer.
When something is simply referred to as "the beast," there's probably a good reason. In the case of Blake's Place BBQ, The Beast refers to a monster of a sandwich: slow-smoked pulled pork, pulled barbecue chicken, chopped beef brisket, coleslaw, sliced red onion, and a dousing of Blake's BBQ sauce. All those ingredients teeter between an over-sized bun, and as a whole, The Beast weighs in at 2.5 pounds. If you devour it in 20 minutes or less, you earn a T-shirt and food challenge immortality, and if you make it disappear behind someone's ear you earn lots of attention for your party-magician business.
Of course, plenty of people come to enjoy the food, not just to defeat it. The original Blake's opened in Anaheim in 1996 and has since filled the bellies of more than one million customers. A second location in Los Alamitos was added in 2012. At both, chefs use high-tech wood-burning barbecue pits that are big enough to smoke more than 3,500 pounds of meat at one time—some for as long as 16 hours. The resulting menu features entire plates of baby back ribs, hot sandwiches, and even smoked wings. Homemade desserts round out the Southern-style selection, including peach cobbler and bread pudding. And none of this goes unnoticed: Blake's was voted The Best of Orange County and Best Barbecue in Orange County by the Orange County Register, as well as Zagat-rated in 2013.
The photobooths rented by Fun Captured Photobooth are more reminiscent of portrait shoots than the cramped booths of bars and boardwalks. Their free-standing kiosk is flanked by professional photography lights and pointed at an open-air backdrop. Higher-end packages return to the trappings of a traditional booth, but with space enough for 12 guests and an LED marquee on top, which can be customized with greetings, congratulations, or reminders that the groom isn't the one who validates parking. A table of feathery boas and neon sunglasses sparks guests' silliness, and double prints of photo strips let friends and family walk away with bonding keepsakes. Customizations include scrapbooks, photo strip frames, and eye-catching backdrops printed with patterns such as wood planks and mustaches.