He quickly scales its blue back, his hands and feet pushing into its soft surface. In a few moments, he's at the top; he surveys the drop for a few seconds before diving headfirst down its slippery slope, landing with a splash. He's the birthday boy, and the puffy blue mountain is the 18-foot inflatable Super Splash slide from Smile Bounce. It's just one of the colorful bounce houses that—along with snow-cone and popcorn machines—make for fun party accents. Clients also can rent folding chairs and tables, tents, and electric generators to host a proper party.
In 2004 Bradley Sanders traveled around the country educating other stylists on L'Oréal Professional brands and color techniques. The following year he moved to Las Vegas and studied under world-renowned platform artist Robert Cromeans and Ambush Makeover's William Whatley. After learning as much as he could from the experts and their poorly hidden diaries, he moved back to the Southeast and partnered with L'Oréal to open Groove Salon, a Paul Mitchell–focused salon, in 2007. Today, Bradley, who has been accepted into the Paul Mitchell national educator's program, captains a team of talented stylists and colorists inside Groove's hip, redbrick studio.
Not every couple's first dance should have to be to "At Last." And it needn't be when Firehouse DJ Co. occupies the DJ booth. Its DJs bring a selection of more than 50,000 tunes to all wedding receptions, plus another 20,000 for postnuptials karaoke. When it isn't helping the recently wed raise the roof, Firehouse specializes in entertainment for bars, such as trivia nights, karaoke, and DJ sets. It also facilitates live-music bookings, helping great bands find great venues and vice versa.
In his 10 years of working as an event planner, Mike Shelton has realized one crucial truth: kids love to jump around. Mike's Moonwalks revolves around this maxim, supplying youths with a safe and clean space to leap. With an inventory of bounce-houses that includes an inflatable castle and a tropically themed slide—available dry or as a watery plunge—he brings buoyant fun to birthday parties, fundraisers, and carnivals. He and his crew handle the delivery and set-up, and then disassemble the inflatables once the celebration is over. Clients can reserve a bounce house for just two or three hours or for an entire day, which is usually how long it takes to fool yourself into thinking that you'll be able to dunk a basketball during your next scrimmage game.
In 1996, Scrapbook Traditions began in the basement of Tracy Gilley's home. A woman named Jackie Scott had hired Gilley to put together a scrapbook of her life and family history as a Christmas gift. In five short months, Gilley produced more than 950 pages that covered more than a century of the Scott family history. When Jackie died several years later, all 10 scrapbooks were put on display at her memorial; guests at the service pored over the books and Jackie's son expressed his immense gratitude to Gilley for compiling the family history.
Scrapbook Traditions believes in the importance of scrapbooking to preserve memories and record history for future generations. The store offers an array of courses to help scrapbookers get started as well as shelves full of supplies, ranging from sheets of colorful 12?x12? cardstock and sticky adhesives capable of mounting bites of pizza from a couple's first date.
Pin the Tail on the Donkey and Red Rover might be fun party games, but they do little to help burn off tykes' excess energy. This is where the crew at Incredible! Inflatables & Amusements comes in. In the time it takes to do the Hokey Pokey or do the Hokey Pokey backwards, they can outfit parties with inflatable slides for kids to race down and bounce houses for them to leap around in. Carnival-style games and concessions make celebrations more fun as partygoers take big bites of cotton candy and win prizes by knocking down cans with bean bags.