Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up pulses with inflatable play sets and actually encourages kids to bounce off the walls. Within the indoor playground, a stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings, such as a classic bounce castle and slick inflatable slide that cushions children's heartfelt reenactments of Cool Runnings. On weekdays, families can pop in for open jump sessions, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms and complimentary invites. Parties come as straightforward packages or as themed events that place the birthday child in structured story adventures where they take on the role of a mighty and clever superhero or pirate captain that drank too much salt water.
The sounds of conversation and laughter compete with the clinking of glasses in The Wine Artist?s lofty venue. The space sprawls over 2,500 square feet, with plenty of room to host private parties, bridal events, corporate events, and private cooking classes. Events at The Wine Artist feature unique wines, gourmet catering, and experiences such as wine bottling and team building activities.
Power Professional Cleaners scours soiled duds with advanced, efficient dry-cleaning and laundering services. Their friendly wardrobe wizards pick up clothing on location and whisk it away to their magical scouring lair, obliterating grime, soot, and stains from pants ($5.50), jackets ($6.95), dress shirts ($1.95), and dresses ($8.95) with eco-friendly chemicals. Turnaround times are quick—one hour for dry cleaning—after which clothes are delivered neat and pressed to their owners' doorsteps, offices, or hovercraft RVs.
One of Orange County's largest buyers of gold, silver, and platinum jewelry, The Jewelry Box accents bodies with new and previously enjoyed jewelry pieces from a variety of brands. Designs by France-turned-OC local Frederic DuClos sparkle with treasure-chest worthiness ($59–$595), and Trollbeads hang colorful stones from the body tree ($28+). In addition to new pieces, The Jewelry Box sells previously enjoyed metals by Tiffany, David Yurman, John Hardy, and Scott Kay, which are refurbished and sold with a one-year warranty ($18+). The Jewelry Box's master goldsmith and master watchmaker combine for more than 90 years of experience. Get your ring resized ($32+) to wear on the finger closest to your matching timepiece, with its newly installed battery ($9.20). Prices can vary depending on required services.
The Chinese mapped a network of channels through which energy, or qi, flows through the body. Tentatively naming it The Inter Net, before that name was discarded as silly, these early pincushioneers discovered than uneven flow of energy through these pathways can cause any number of diseases, ailments and pain. Acupuncture works by applying small, virtually painless needles to areas of the body where qi likes to hang out, stimulating proper energy flow and relieving impediments to good health. Done correctly, acupuncture has been said to relieve everything from back pain and allergies to depression and infertility. A number of common questions about the treatment can be answered through Inner Balance's FAQs page.
Liberty Tax Service has numerous LA-area locations, but this Groupon is valid for six (see sidebar). Each location is staffed with professional refund hounds who can chase away the burden and stress of tax season and sniff out your maximum allowable refund. Unless you can find the square root of a tuber and divide it by half the value of zero, like Liberty's staff can, then you won't get the biggest refund possible. In order to get your full refund, bring a comprehensive selection of forms and reciepts, including your 1040s, W-2s, 560Zs, 2345Exs, and T-1000s.