Customers may walk into Top Hat and Tails as mere men, wearing jeans that sag off the waistline or scuff against the floor. But they leave as gentlemen, sporting fine men?s clothing and formalwear tailored to a T. Co-owners Brian Berry and Horace Kinard?who has been haberdashering for 20 years?take measurements onsite and alter in-house to drape dapper gents in fine suits, ties, tuxes, custom shirts, and shoes. A seasonally rotating catalog of styles from Calvin Klein, Joseph Abboud, and Oscar de la Renta elevates the elegance of invitees to weddings, dances, or black-tie balls. As Berry told Maplewood Patch in 2011, ?We?ve had everything from Sweet Sixteens to every other formal event you can think of,? including musicians from the Philharmonic, who presumably came in to replace their glockenspiel's torn cummerbund.
Tandoori Chef's tangerine walls and vibrant paintings warm diners ensconced at red-linen-topped tables, where they await steaming platters of the aromatic Indian cuisine from the bustling kitchen. Inside, chefs whip up a diverse repertoire of Northern Indian curry, tandoori, and rice dishes brimming with spice-laden veggies, chicken, shrimp, and lamb. A private dining area fills up to 30 bellies, and catering services bring the kitchen's nourishing warmth to party-goers or ravenous sasquatches grown too tall to fit through the front door.
A vibrant blue and purple mural dominates a large wall at Soul Terrific—a bright tribute to music splashed with saxophone players, keyboards, and loose notes spinning away into space. The scene isn't strictly musical, and if you look closer, you can easily spot steamed crab there, or a small drumstick here in the hands of a happy musician or concertgoer.
The image sums up Soul Terrific—a spirited scene that ultimately, is all about the food. In the kitchen, chefs fry catfish and chicken, sear New York strip steaks, and grill up pork chops. Each entrée arrives at diners' tables accompanied by a hearty helping of homemade cornbread and two house-made comfort food sides such as macaroni and cheese, collard greens, or Southern-style red rice. Tuesday through Thursdays see fresh chefs' specials, which range from oxtails and cabbage to barbecue ribs and coleslaw. After meals, diners can munch on homemade peach cobbler or double-chocolate cake any day they please, as long as their dentist isn't looking.
Every little girl is a princess, and the glitterati at Parteaz work hard to ensure that every girl knows it. Inside the pink-washed play space, girls aged 2–6 indulge in a magical experience that transforms them into faux royalty for the day. Dressed in tutus and fuzzy pink tiaras, little ladies can sip from china tea sets as sunlight filters in through sparkly curtains, illuminating their fresh crystal tattoos. During the spa experience youngsters receive age-appropriate facials and manicures before creating personalized spa products. Guests can also dip fruits and other treats into the chocolate fountain. Parteaz also opens its doors for baby showers, nine varieties of birthday parties, and variety of events and classes.
The non-profit New Jersey Fencing Alliance invites people to take a stab at a new hobby?literally. Across the 17,000-square-foot club, nationally- and internationally- recognized coaches teach students the fundamentals of fencing, emphasizing footwork, blade-work, and strategy, all within an environment that is relaxed, but competitive. Students, meanwhile, have a variety of avenues through which to learn, including private lessons, camps, and group classes, where they can practice safely with partners instead of jabbing at beehives at home. In beginner classes, students are taught the fencing fundamentals, with concentration on footwork, blade work, strategy, and technique.
The staffers at Brainiac's Childcare don’t just care for youngsters—they give them an academic leg up. Between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., they lead children aged 6 weeks to 5 years through fun, supervised activities that impart age-appropriate skills, such as phonics and language comprehension, and also provide important social interaction. Programs include full-day kindergarten and before- and afterschool care, as well as fitness-focused classes in dance and soccer. Supervised evening childcare allows parents to enjoy adults-only activities, such as riding roller coasters with height requirements.