SITE stocks all sorts of unusual, beautiful, and useful things, from furniture and lighting to handmade jewelry and fun kids' toys, apparel, and decor. Peruse the multitude of funky or chic Queens-themed wares, or savor the smells of soaps, balms, and other bath/body blissers. Red currant soap from Brooklyn-based Saipua ($8.95) is a luxurious way to punish a potty mouth, while a ceramic cupcake ($14.95) can reward a child or good guest with a fresh handheld cake. The utmost care and an expert eye hones SITE’s stock of vintage goods, showcasing bright and flower-splashed aprons (starting at $28). As a gift for a mountain man, pick up a bundle of twig pencils ($5.50). With so many ever-changing funky, chic, and elegant items to choose from, shopping at SITE is always more rewarding and surprising than digging designer gold fillings out of gutters near nightclubs.
Since 2001, RA Photo Booth has enlivened birthday parties, weddings, and dances with DJs, photo booths, and LED visual effects. Inside mobile photo booths, high-resolution digital cameras capture snapshots, which partygoers can use to decorate their lapels or foreheads with a little scotch tape. Alternatively, their DJs can decorate party soundscapes as LED light fixtures embellish floors and walls with a virtually unlimited number of customizable patterns, monograms and messages.
In an effort to make events easy for hosts, RA will set up all the necessary equipment before parties start. In addition, the LED lights they use consume less energy than traditional light bulbs and can often run off a single outlet, which gives guests more room on the dance floor to imitate inchworms.
Oxium Copy and Print Center’s tech-savvy staff simplifies the process of publicizing events, businesses, and the clients themselves by using high-quality paper products and state-of-the-art equipment. Potential print projects include business cards, brochures, postcards, posters, and letterheads, any of which can be customized with user-uploaded artwork, logos, and personalized Rorschach blots. Before purchasing, clients can review low-resolution PDF proofs online before Oxium prints things up and ships them out. Along with custom printing services, Oxium stocks copy paper, blank media, and photo-retouching machines.
The Play Champs understand that children learn best while playing with parents and peers, especially outdoors. Accordingly, they break out of the standard classroom model and take their fun-focused academics to city parks, encouraging both parents and children to get up, get active, and get learning. Tummy Time sessions help children aged 4–9 months old develop gross motor skills while playing with their moms or dads. As kids begin understanding that they’re in control of those wiggly things at the end of their feet and enter school, playground sessions open up a safe but exciting space to burn energy and give free rein to their imaginations.
The aestheticians at Beauty Paradise Skincare pamper complexions with an array of relaxing treatments and services. Twenty-four-karat gold facials rejuvenate the skin using the power of precious metals, while NuFace microcurrent sessions tone muscles with gentle electric pulses and quiet shouts of encouragement. The bodywork experts on staff knead stress from muscles using Swedish, hot-stone, or acupressure massage, all of which boost circulation and promote the purging of toxins.
ALOHA (Abacus Learning of Higher Arithmetic) is a mathematics tutoring program that was originally developed for Malaysian children. Small group classes meet after school for step-by-step instruction from a qualified teacher or sentient abacus. The program has more than 3,000 centers in countries such as India, Thailand, Philippines, China, Australia, New Zealand, Oman, and UAE, and it was introduced to the United States in 2006. It also offers tutoring in reading and writing.