Within 10,000 square feet of space at Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe, kids up to age 13 burn off energy by meandering through mazes, racing down a 30-foot slide, and climbing up four levels in a 2,000-square-foot play structure. Play areas have soft indoor play equipment with extensive padding and no sharp edges.
For family celebrations - such as birthdays and special occasions - Ball Factory Indoor Play & Cafe offers private party rooms hosted by trained staff to provide everything a child would want in a birthday. The venue desires playtime to be as rewarding for the parents as it is for the children, as they spend time together.
As a child in Modena, Italy, Andrea Chiappelli watched grapes slowly transform into balsamic vinegar on his family's aceteria. Growing up steeped in this landscape of Old World agriculture, it's hardly a surprise that he fell in love with the full, organic flavors that sprang from it. Yet it is surprising how his passion manifests itself. Andrea eventually left the Italian countryside to begin a career in mechanical engineering, and it's this talent that he uses to fine tune the gelato production at O' Sole Mio.
There, the team of Italian-Americans and Italian enthusiasts hand-make creamy gelato in more than 300 traditional and modern flavors, from sweet balsamic vinegar to ricotta with pear or salted caramel. These scoops come in a cup, a cone, or even a cup of hot chocolate made with melted squares of real milk chocolate. The staff also creates plates of cannoli and pasta to preempt sweet bites or pair with an Italian martini for a meal that transports mouths to Venice without requiring them to pack their taste buds in an overnight bag.
Jerusalem Cafe's cooks draw on the rich culinary history of the eponymous city as they stuff pitas, spread hummus, and grill kebabs. Baba gannouj, tabbouleh, and falafels greet taste buds warmly, and shish kebabs of lamb and beef calm rumbling stomachs before they erupt with vitriol about the difficulty of finding a flattering cummerbund. Gulps of fresh juice yield flavors of carrot, celery, and apple, and blenders turn uptight berries into party-ready smoothies.
Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop?s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.