Game Crazy definitively proves that kick the can’s days of glory are long past by enlivening parties with modern diversions such as a mobile gaming truck, portable laser tag, human-size hamster balls, and other party games. The business’s game coaches arrive promptly at birthday bashes, pulling up in a brightly colored truck tricked out with Xbox Kinect and Wii systems that up to 24 celebrants can play at once. After players have had their fill of the theater’s LCD screens, fog machines, and ambient lighting, they can head into the host’s backyard, where Game Crazy’s human-size hamster balls allow partygoers or freakishly large hamsters to face off. The business’s party experts can also transform yards into laser-tag arenas complete with bunkers, outfitting combatants with smoke grenades and state-of-the-art laser tag guns. Slingshots equip players for real-life simulations of Angry Birds, whereas vests with water-saturation monitors increase the stakes in water tag by determining who’s out and who’s actually a kitchen sponge that sneaked in uninvited.
The crafty bakers at Cake N Candy offer an extensive curriculum in the art of building sweet treats of all shapes and sizes. Students learn the subtleties of cake decoration, dressing breads in icing, flowers, or the smooth, sugary shell of gum paste and fondant. Instructors teach trade secrets of splicing different varieties of cookies or making homemade candy that can cheer up even the grumpiest of nightclub bouncers. Instructors build moist and munchable cake pops or ride the waves of the cupcake craze with an array of recipes and decorating ideas. Classes range from one to four sessions, with some including additional costs for equipment and course books.
Each week in a different city, the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows celebrate the world of motorsports with stunt sessions and a collection of flashy MotoGP bikes, motorcycles, scooters, and ATVs. While celebrating the glamorous side of motorsports, the event’s roots remain tied to a do-it-yourself spirit, as evidenced by seminars helmed by motorsports experts on topics such as the science of suspension and the mechanics of making a really loud vroom noise with your lips. The shows also feature a selection of gear and accessories, a custom bike show, and competitions.
English Gardens began as a single, family-owned nursery in 1954, and has since blossomed into a full-service landscaping and garden center with multiple locations, all owned and operated by second-generation family members. Each location facilitates both indoor and outdoor gardening and holiday projects with a large selection of holiday lights, trim, decor, and gifts. The florist department brings the outdoor flourish inside by arranging fresh-cut floral bouquets and gift baskets for all manner of occasions. Workshops and in-store presentations also allow the green-thumbed experts to impart advice on common gardening and decorating topics such as building a kitchen herb garden or housetraining a dogwood tree. During the holiday season, English Gardens transforms each of its retail stores into spectacular Christmas centers with nearly 20 professionally decorated theme trees and everything needed to festively decorate homes.
Cell It Like New finds the silver linings in malfunctioning handhelds with its quick and efficient electronic repair services. Highly trained technicians can replace a missing screw, fix a broken component, or tackle more complicated tasks such as water damage or screen breakage. Clients may also solicit Cell's jailbreak services to exonerate iPhones wrongfully accused of prank calling the IRS.
The PGA-certified instructors at Boyne Golf Academy use advanced technological tools such as radar and form-analysis software to improve the strokes of students of all levels. Pupils receive one-on-one attention during the hands-on practice session, which focuses on identifying the strengths and weaknesses of each golfer’s swing mechanics. The V1 Pro swing-analysis software provides club kids with visual feedback on their slicing or hooking tendencies, and the Sam PuttLab employs ultrasound to determine the gender of each golfer’s putter. As the ball's postswing sojourn commences, the Doppler-based TrackMan radar system relays a 3-D real-time view and provides data on the dimpled orb’s trajectory. Although this Groupon is only valid for lessons, King Par Superstore is jam-packed with golf equipment and apparel and performs professional club fittings to ensure that wrists and 9-irons get along instead of attacking each other with golf clubs.