AdventurePlex has developed an easy recipe for lifelong healthy habits: an early start, plenty of space, and plenty of fun things to do. They've also discovered that this recipe works just as well on parents as on children.
Outside AdventurePlex's 16,000-square-foot facility, a 35-foot-high rock-climbing wall stretches across 1,630 square feet of climbing area so that families of grapplers can train to scale mountain summits or tickle the Statue of Liberty's chin. A ropes course similarly fosters teambuilding and confidence 20 feet above the ground, while a flourishing garden of herbs and vegetables helps kids understand the origins of what goes into their bellies. The Courtside Café completes the food's life cycle with a menu of leafy greens, wraps, juices, and American staples. Indoors, a five-level AdventureRoom play structure preps wee ones for a future of healthy living and boardroom obstacle courses with its network of mazes, tunnels, slides, and ball pits. In 2013, the play structure won a Best of the Beach award from Easy Reader for Best Indoor Play Facility.
The AdventurePlex crew curates a variety of activities, including birthday parties, fitness classes, and summer adventure camps that keep muscles and minds engaged in a fun, safe environment. Parents, meanwhile, can surf the Web on AdventurePlex's WiFi—but adult-only yoga and body-sculpting classes let them find some "me time" without taking clones out for a romantic night on the town.
Yellow and blue signage near the parking lots of shopping malls, offices, and entertainment centers indicates the presence of ProntoWash Eco AutoSpa, a car wash and detailing powerhouse that boasts more than 350 operations worldwide. Its business model revolves around accessibility—ProntoWash sets up shop where cars already are, saving drivers time and preserving all the gas and corn dogs that engines would have otherwise consumed during a trip to a traditional car wash. Helming special yellow Washing Karts, the company's technicians use biodegradable detergent and about a pint of low-pressure water to render each car clean. They also care for cars by vacuuming carpets, restoring headlights, stuffing multivitamins inside ailing glove compartments, and making arrangements to hit the road with their mobile car-wash service.
Lymphologists and lumberjacks concur that a Swedish massage is an invaluable ally in the ongoing quest for total health. Swedish massages employ several styles of expansive and ebbing strokes to relieve tension, mellow the muscles, and restore free-flowing fluency to the toxin-dispersal chutes of the lymphatic system. During effleurage, the hands smoothly circle the skin like epidermal ice skates as a primer for renewed venous and lymphatic circulation. The petrissage and tapotement strokes knead and knock on pressure points in the humanhide, while friction strokes untie the knots in the shoelaces of your muscle fibers. The vibration stroke goes all "cell-phone setting during a ballet" on the back and the limbs to get blood and muscles moving. The lesser-known high-five move at the end of the Swedish massage generates camaraderie and coolness.
Allan Jeffries has been providing friendly framing services to all sorts of picture possessors since 1984, including fine artists, professional photographers, and people who know someone who has been candidly captured within six feet of Kevin Bacon. The studio's team of talented framers specialize in museum-style archival methods and are well versed in the matting, mounting, and framing of both two- and three-dimensional pieces. Possible enclosable keepsakes including paintings, drawings, certificates and diplomas (around $100 with black wood frame and glass), limited-edition prints, posters (about $79 for a 24"x36", and about $89 for a 27"x40" movie-size poster with metal frame, drymount, and glass), family photos, children's art, coins, Roger Rabbits, and stitch-work projects. For the truly conservation-minded, a high-quality photograph with black wood frame, acid-free matte border, and UV-protective Plexiglas can run around $300. Allan Jeffries and his Jeffries will work with you to devise a framing plan that jives with your décor and budget, carried out with top-notch craftsmanship and care.
The experienced, award-winning animal attendants of Melissa's Mutt Hutt travel to pets' domiciles to nurture animals with custom care. During an initial consultation, an animal nanny will meet your pets, learn their daily routines, pick up house keys, and discuss discretionary services, such as providing treats and toys. Pet sitting includes morning and evening neighborhood walks, feeding, playtime, and brushing. While keeping an eye on your pets, pet au pairs will also water plants, pick up mail, toss trash, and rotate lights. Then, after visits, homeowners can peruse detailed notes chronicling their pets' activities, temperaments, and tic-tac-toe victories.