When 2-year-old Ellie shyly set foot in Emmalee Schaumburg's studio, the photographer doubted she'd get a single shot. Rather than throw in the towel, she let Ellie wander the studio and slowly grow more comfortable with this new woman and her strange camera. By the end of the session, Emmalee had earned Ellie's trust, and wound up capturing striking images of the adorable youngster. That patience and flexibility is always on display at Schaumburg Photography, where Emmalee specializes in images of newborns as well as families, children, high-school seniors, and weddings. She roams throughout Lawrence snapping shots at local parks and homes, or she’ll pose subjects amid the vintage bicycles, suitcases, and other props at her studio. Once her shoots wrap, Emmalee preserves clients' pictures with products such as DVD slideshows, holiday ornaments, and photo charms that add a personal touch to necklaces, bracelets, and ankle monitors.
The professional washer-persons at Suds Laundry Service lather, rinse, and deliver garments back to their owners, fluffy and folded, within 24-hours. They also wash each client's duds separately to ensure that no one goes home with the wrong socks and to prevent button-up blazers from getting corrupted by the rebellious neighborhood leather jacket. As washing machines hum their hypnotic rhythms, staffers iron shirts, jeans, and pillows, as well as uniforms for hotels and restaurants. Their services also come with free pickup and delivery.
A mural that stretches over the alleyways at Royal Crest Lanes beckons dizzy balls with images of urban skyline. Darkness descends upon its 2-D vista on Fridays and Saturdays during cosmic bowl sessions that enliven games with festive lighting. Serious competitors can also find a place at Royal Crest, as its onsite pro shop stocks balls, bags, and shoes. For those looking for a more recreational experience, the facility’s special event space, called the Second City Room, can support all manner of revelry with its spacious spread of tables and chairs, as well as a bar that radiates blue light like a pregnant cookie monster. Party packages are also available, and can include soft drinks, pizza, and balloons.
The Parents' Night Out at Googols gifts tots free rein of the childcare facilities for four hours of parent-free supervision on various Saturday evenings, generally twice per month. Starting at 6 p.m., parental units relinquish children into the trusted and watchful care of Googols’ patient and well-practiced staff. Potty-trained guests age 3–12 can scramble around the indoor climbing structure, learn about nature in the kid-friendly science museum, and conduct Socratic seminars on cooties in the outdoor playground. Rampaging play-timers refuel with a slice of pizza and a drink before winding down with fistfuls of popcorn and a movie before pickup at 10 p.m., when relaxed parents and worn-out kids reunite for a well-deserved bedtime.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars two-time champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 600 calories with each go-round.
Imagine Drop-In Childcare is a licensed daycare center designed to provide flexible tot wrangling by the hour for children age 1–12. Licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a daycare home, the center cushions and entertains wee brains with a three-ring circus of play spaces including a mini kitchen, a dress-up area, a puppet theater, and an ample library for Dr. Seuss study groups. A $25 annual membership fee is required for entry into Imagine’s parallel universe of harmonious amusement and careful supervision, so new members can use this Groupon to cover the registration fee and $35 worth of additional child-care hours, and current clients can apply the full value of the Groupon toward child-care hours.
Sun Resorts Tanning Salon gilds limbs with a fleet of UV tanning beds and private VersaSpa and Mystic tanning booths. To deliver even and radiant hues, the salon ensures that its beds’ lights are more closely clustered than a bunch of grapes driving a clown car and that the beds’ canopies aren’t overly arched. Patented spray-tan formulas imbue limbs with radiance without UV rays, and the salon’s Australian Gold tanning products help patrons become a beautiful shade of copper much like a crystal vase full of pennies.