The toothsome offshoot of a popular farmers’-market pastry stand, The Little Bakery & Cafe plates up a delectable menu of handcrafted Greek and American pastries. Get a taste of the dessert that launched a thousand wetnaps by delving into sticky-sweet layers of flaky, golden baklava ($1/piece). Or, secure an assorted half-dozen of any of the homemade Greek goodies ($5.50) to share with friends or five phyllo-intolerant frenemies. Oven-fresh made-to-order pies ($8.95–$10.95) whirl out of the kitchen with molten cores of apple, pecan, pumpkin, or sweet potato, and 12 flavors of homemade ice cream ($1.45–$4.95) await to be piled atop brownies ($1.75), sandwiched between cookies ($0.40 each; $0.75 for two), or repurposed as caulk in extremely semipermanent structures.
It takes copious amounts of energy to transform a child's body into an adult's, so it’s no wonder that such energy sometimes overflows. At Planet Kidz, a fleet of chipper teachers helps kids find constructive outlets for that energy, keeping bodies healthy and minds creatively engaged. The center’s dance and yoga programs tailor training toward developing bodies and students who love to learn in a non-competitive environment. During gymnastics classes, instructors challenge tykes to improve their coordination and flexibility, which help lay the fundamental physical foundation for other popular sports such as soccer or juggling Mom's vases. Self-discipline and self-defense share the spotlight during karate classes, and kids develop social niceties and fine motor skills at arts and crafts sessions.
While kids play and learn, parents can recline on couches, observe classes through a one-way mirror, or down beverages from a complimentary coffee and water bar. Cable TV ensures that adults stay on top of incoming broadcasts, and free WiFi keeps robot nannies from suddenly shutting down.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
Gigantic green, blue, orange, and yellow inflatables pack JumpNasium’s 13,000-square-foot playground, with some stretching all the way to the high ceiling. Within them, kids burn off energy clambering over obstacles and cascading down slides. They shoot hoops, hurl dodge balls, and kick soccer balls around the massive air-filled sports complex or knock the cover off baseballs at the inflatable T-ball park. Kids then catch their breath at the arcade with lighted air-hockey tables and video games before losing their breath once more in the hurricane simulator, which blows winds up to 80 miles per hour just like the used-car salesman simulator. With five party packages, JumpNasium also make its playground an ideal spot for birthdays, winning kids over with playtime and a trip to the photo booth to commemorate the big day.
A four-time Emmy nominee and 2008 winner for his children's show The Adventures of Young Thomas Edison, Randy Rossilli, Jr. knows how many components go into making a quality TV show or film. The three studios at his 11,000-square-foot Nightstand Studios come outfitted with all the necessary tools for a stress-free shoot, including private makeup stations, control rooms, and, at Studio C, a green screen. Randy's facility also caters to musicians with a recording studio equipped with ProTools, two isolation booths, and a wide range of quality microphones.
A member of the American Montessori Society, Monarch Montessori School leads a variety of programs designed to educate children in the critical development period between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years old. Infants experience exercises that encourage sensory development and learn important motor and language skills through speaking and song. Toddlers work to improve their language and motor skills while grasping new concepts such as socializing and counting. Kids in their primary years develop more advanced, abstract concepts such as curiosity, respect for others, and responsibility.