At all of Monkey Joe’s colorfully decorated locations, youngsters aged 2–12 can literally bounce off the walls in a well-lit indoor playground that abides by a Safety Access Child Control System. Exercise disguises itself as fun as sock-clad kids rocket down slides, scale climbable obstacles, and jump across springy surfaces surrounded by safety mats. Toddlers aged 3 or younger tucker themselves out in their own play area with smaller obstacles, thoroughly sanitized inflatable surfaces, toys, and games. Parties, which can include pizza and ice cream, reach a fever pitch with visits from Monkey Joe himself. While kids vent all their excess energy on the playground, parents can watch flat-screen televisions, drink refreshments, and use the WiFi to surf the Internet in the adult area.
The chefs at Sweet Tea's Restaurant and Catering know that southern-style cuisine goes beyond collard greens and grits. Every day, they use high-quality ingredients to craft soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch, including the creamy white-pepper gravy that smothers mounds of housemade mashed potatoes and country-fried chicken or steak. Hand-battered shrimp are cradled inside po’ boys with made-from-scratch tartar sauce, while a homemade barbecue-ranch dressing tops offerings including the texas brisket and potato hush puppies.
The catering specialists, who catered for the contestants and crew of The Bachelorette when the show filmed in Charlotte, can arrange for many of the menu options to be created for parties, meetings, or jury-duty reunions. A complimentary jug of sweet or un-sweet tea accompanies all catering orders.
Wine glasses clink, punctuating the rhythms of the soft music that plays nearby. Two distinguished waiters set presentations of herb-seared steak and fresh seafood before a couple seated at a well-set table. This isn't a scene from a Michelin-starred restaurant; it's one that takes place inside customers' homes, thanks to Romantic Dinners On Demand. Owners Phillip and Benjamin draw on their event-planning and catering experience to curate en evening of fine dining within customers' abodes, providing food and service of the same caliber one might find in a five-star restaurant. They see every dinner through from beginning to end, arriving early to set up tables and staying afterward to clean up.
For the last two years, Adrian and Melinda Bethea have become well versed in numerous facets of the media and event planning industry. The duo use green-screen-powered photo booths to transport event guests to scenic locales and onto magazine covers featuring custom-designed event logos. Their experience with photography and videography allow them to seamlessly capture weddings and video projects, and their graphic-design capabilities allow clients to present eye-catching brochures, fliers, and mug shots. Their robust list of additional services at AMB Media Group LLC include promoting brands on Facebook and Twitter, managing entertainment talent, and event planning with custom themes.
The expert ice sculptors at Awesome Ice Factory work their frosty magic on mammoth blocks of ice, carving them into party-enlivening crystalline drink luges. Perfectly accessorizing any party's imbibery, candy-cane luges send drinks down an icy slope, depositing them in cups or mouths with the delicious coolness of Gérard Depardieu depositing spare change at the bank. After placing orders, ice-coordinators can pick up the sculpture from Awesome Ice Factory's frozen storage location, or have it delivered for an additional fee. Luges last four–six hours, depending on the environment's temperature and whether or not steamy love songs are blasting over the sound system.
• For $44, you get two upper-balcony (balcony rows LL–WW) tickets (a $68 value before fees, or up to an $86.30 value online, including all ticketing fees). • For $60, you get two lower-balcony (mezzanine rows AA–KK) tickets (a $97 value before fees, or up to a $116.20 value online, including all ticketing fees).