Mary Had a Little Party’s charming candy cart reminds groups that while the times may be changing, a simpler era is not forgotten. Beneath a colorful awning and atop a classic white two-wheeled cart, bountiful candies such as rock candy, cotton candy, and Lemonheads perch to please partiers at any occasion. Kristen, the visionary founder of Mary Had a Little Party, created this candy cart as a way to inspire today’s children with memories of her own childhood, which she spent selling lemonade, making up games with her sister, and creating memories that can’t be bought in a store. She and her crew also please audiences with a traveling puppet theater that reenacts a princess show, or performs a fun twist on the classic nursery rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle.
Menopause the Musical has painted a vivid, rib-tickling portrait of four women confronting the troubles of middle age for audiences in hundreds of cities all over the world. The show tells the story of four strangers, meeting by chance at a department-store lingerie sale, who begin to commiserate on the travails of menopause, including hot flashes, mood swings, and spontaneously breaking out in song-and-dance routines. Parodying a suite of hits from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, the musical's jaunty tunes encourage dialogue about women's health while eliciting copious chortles of recognition from guests. Patrons can choose from upper- or lower-level seating in the Stafford Centre's Performing Arts Theatre, enjoying straight-on views of onstage antics or simultaneously confronting acrophobia and theatrophobia via balcony-immersion therapy.
When husband-and-wife team Otto and Annie Sofka first founded Otto's Barbecue and Hamburgers in 1950, they never dreamed barbecue would become the meat and potatoes of the family's livelihood. The small corner grocery store specialized in canned and boxed goods—that is until Annie started cooking up hamburgers at the request of hungry regulars. As the popularity of Annie’s burgers grew, the store’s shelves were cleared out to make room for tables and chairs to accommodate the growing lines of customers. Within two years, the Sofkas were officially in the burger business. By the ’60s, they were ready to add old family barbecue recipes to the menu, and Otto’s has been a favorite pit stop for Houston barbecue lovers ever since.
Three generations have now manned the kitchen at Otto’s, satisfying customers as varied as George Bush Sr., Liberace, and George Foreman with barbecue that has been smoked in a hickory grill for 18 hours. Chefs pair seven meat choices, including beef brisket, slow-smoked pork ribs, and sausage links, with a range of homestyle sides and giant stuffed potatoes, creating full meals that showcase the flavors of the South better than an art installation built from chicken-fried steaks. The chefs at Otto’s also serve up their own line of bottled sodas, ensuring enough frothy root beer, orange soda, and cream soda to wash down the saucy eats.
Tell us about your business.
My business is a catering and carry-out food business. Just think of it as a place where you can not only buy lunch on the run, but if you don't want to cook dinner, come and pick out some goodies for that meal, also. [It's] family run and local [with] organic salads, entrees and a lot of different sides.
How would you classify your cuisine?
Healthy homestyle with a twist!
How would you describe the ambiance of your business?
Large, working open kitchen! You can watch us create great-tasting food while you eat one of our award-winning chicken-salad sandwiches.
The intoxicating scent of fresh popcorn; the sweet sensation of a snow cone hitting your tongue; the rush of adrenaline as you spring from the cushy foundation of a bounce house. Kandiland Jumpers supplies all these feelings in the form of party rentals. Snow-cone machines, bounce houses, and popcorn machines are among the whimsical party extras, which the staff will transport to your home and set up before the bash.