Tim Griffin has come a long way from washing dishes. That first job gave set him on a path into the restaurant industry, which led to stints in almost every position including bartender, server, manager, and dish taster for visiting monarchs. He first used his experience to launch a catering company, and then kept evolving and founded his own restaurant, J.Bean's Gathering Place. Today, Tim—along with his wife Ibby and head chef Blair Johnson—welcome guests with a creative menu of dishes ranging from crab-rangoon dip to fish tacos. The two-level dining room evokes a warm, welcoming atmosphere with an abundance of hardwood furnishings and trim anchored by a stone fireplace. The establishment also often hosts special events, such as occasional live music on the patio.
American Tent and Event Rentals helps party planners host memorable events with a wealth of furnishings and decorative accents. Handsome linen cloths drape over buffet and cocktail tables, while spacious pole and frame tents keep guests shady and dry in all kinds of weather. Strands of lobe lights cast a charming glow on wedding receptions, while can spotlights zero in on the teary toasts of best men and sneaky cake thievery of ringbearers. Sturdy hardwood dancefloors host hours of moves and steps, and custom-designed stages support ensemble cast productions, DJ booths, and fashion runway shows with safe, secure construction.
Michelle Childs Beedle practically grew up performing—she began at the ripe young age of 3. Since then, she's taught competitive singers, snagged roles in various movies, and even won two Emmy awards. With Antonia Studios, she shares her talents not only through voice and piano lessons, but also by painting faces and hosting princess parties.
Complete Music's repertoire of services actually extends well beyond the wedding DJing from which it takes its name. The staff includes photographers, videographers, lighting designers, and photo booth technicians, all of whom lend their services to help preserve memories. While DJs put together song lists tailored to the tastes of the bride and groom, the rest of the team tirelessly illuminates and records the day. In total, they help produce over 13,000 weddings each year, which is two more weddings than Henry VIIIth had in his entire life.
Donning Viking hats and oversize sunglasses, partygoers charge into the spacious confines of Booth Crazy's modern photo booths, which eschew the trappings and restrictions of retro nostalgia. Up to 10 prop-clad guests pile in front of the camera at once, making the booths ideal for capturing memories of extended families or duels between two classical quintets. A friendly photographic host sets up and maintains the booth throughout each event, helping attendees compose and create 4"x6" prints or 2"x6" strips, which can be emblazoned with custom designs. Cameras snap unlimited pictures, with their collected images uploaded to the Internet and flash drives for later perusal, printing, and sharing.
Most Popular Service: Ballroom dancing lessons and parties
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Come with a fun, adventurous attitude.