A childhood spent on the beach turned into a big business for the family behind the Boucher Brothers. They started the business in 1987 and continue to serve hotels, condos, and public beaches with concessions and beach rentals on Florida’s coasts, at Virginia Beach, and on the shores of Lake Michigan in Chicago. They take beachgoers parasailing above the waves and rent out a slew of equipment that includes Waverunners, boogie boards, and kayaks. Alternatively, landlubbers can sun themselves on lounge chairs or take shelter from the sun's rays in a cabana, beneath an umbrella, or in the shadow of a highly trained cumulus cloud. As a testament to the staff's dedication to pampering patrons, Boucher Brothers has received the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences' Five Star Diamond Award for 10 years running.
Mopfrog is a nationally focused, eco-friendly cleaning franchise, and each location is fully insured and bonded. Their team of cleaners restores the sparkle back to clients' homes, and helps shrink their carbon footprint along the way. They perform each cleaning session in the greenest way possible. A two-person team arrives armed with cleaning tools that have been carefully selected for their eco-friendliness, using Green Seal-certified cleaning solutions made with all-natural ingredients free of harmful chemicals that could accidentally dissolve sofas into thin air.
Edible Arrangements' boxes combine the richness and euphoric properties of chocolate with the juicy deliciousness and nutritional soundness of fruit. The Edible Arrangements geneticists have relinquished the chocolate-fruit hybridization task to a skilled team of dipping artists. These creative connoisseurs hand-dip fresh fruit in gourmet semi-sweet chocolate and then nestle each finished piece in its compact, boxy bed. Several $25 boxes are available, including choices from Edible Arrangements' mélange of fruit. Anjou pears, pineapples, strawberries, and other tempting treats are available under a darkened drizzle and can easily sate cravings without sacrificing allegiances to Mother Nature or Mother Nature's husband, Father Fragrance.
The first ever Bricktoberfest launches an annual celebration of live music and craft beer in the Brickell neighborhood. From afternoon until night, 10th Street reverberates with tunes from live bands, and fills with vendors serving food from local restaurants and pouring more than 75 craft beers. For an hour before the event, VIP visitors gather for an advance tasting of the festival's beers—which include brews from Shipyard, Magners, Cigar City, Due South, and Stella. At the end of the evening, a party at Fado Irish Pub keeps attendees grooving with DJ-provided beats and beer competitions, such as a race to see who can drink their beer the most carefully and responsibly.
The talented florists at The Flower Shoppe and Things pass on the skills necessary to forge eye-catching arrangements during floral-design classes. Blossom newbies acquaint themselves with a variety of blooms from around the world before gleaning tips on how to make flower displays look as vibrant and fresh as a peacock in a rap video. The hands-on workshop bolsters a laid-back, intimate setting with class sizes limited to 10 students and includes all necessary flowers and materials. For an additional cost, participants can upgrade their class so they can choose their own colors, flower types, and vases to match home decorations or to make meat lockers appear homier.
The electronics experts at Electric Avenue help guests find the perfect piece of technology, ranging from professional studio lighting equipment to foolproof point-and-shoot cameras. They also stock their shelves with computers, phones, and home-theater gear, as well as gadgets to spruce up cars and audio equipment for DJs. The staff also offer in-store photography lessons, electronics repairs, and free camera cleanings.