Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
“There’s something for everybody here and if there isn’t, we’ll make it.”
With Lisa Little's approach to DIY art, as she tells Middletown Journal, no one gets left out at one of her pottery-painting parties. Visitors to The Splattered Platter are treated to Lisa's diverse ceramic collection, which includes more than 500 decorative and functional pieces—including bowls, plates, and figurines—with each matte-white porcelain surface awaiting decoration.
The decorating tools are all-inclusive as well. Crayons accommodate younger hands, and paintbrushes on canvases suit the finer motor skills of older artists. These seasoned crafters can also drop in for Lisa's in-depth project classes, which tackle trickier subjects, such as topping a wrought-iron table in mosaic or knitting leg warmers for a millipede.
Not everybody becomes what they wanted to be when they were in kindergarten. But some, like Mirabella Boutique owner Barbi Dewitt, do thanks to a passion for their vision. Determined to be in the fashion industry from a young age, Dewitt followed through by first becoming a merchandising manager for Ralph Lauren, then by opening her own boutique. At Mirabella, she stocks the shelves with items from both private labels and renowned designers that are handpicked by her, her staff, and a team of stylish woodland creatures. She seeks out the latest trends such as comfy maxi skirts and floral tank tops, pairing them with accessories including scarves, earrings, and statement necklaces.
Chaos Room's theater-sized gaming experience immerses players in video games without having to undergo painful pixilation procedures. Take a seat in the video game theater and spend two hours ($14) competing against friends or Internetnemies on one of the theater's 14 high-definition, 12' by 18' screens. Chaos Room's games selection is constantly changing to offer the latest and greatest in multimedia entertainment, with recent Wii, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 titles including Halo 3, Rock Band 2, Madden 2010, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011, and Wii Mario Kart. Feel the sensation known only to Brooklyn plumbers and sound barrier-shattering cerulean hedgehogs as you X+R2+joystick-swivel-to-the-left your way to gaming glory.
For the team at Mattress Matchers, their work isn’t done until their customers are fast asleep. Each quest to match shoppers with an ideal mattress starts in the showroom, where a range of Serta memory-foam, pillow-top, and foam-core mattresses awaits to cradle the spines of sleepers or disused medical skeletons. The team then packages chosen mattresses and delivers them free of charge to homes within 25 miles of the store, assembling the mattress set upon arrival and hauling away old beds for safe disposal.