Jump!Zone’s indoor playgrounds envelop kids aged 2–12 in an inflatable world filled with challenging obstacle courses, fun slides, and cardio-boosting bounce houses. While navigating the plush courses under the watchful eyes of air-filled dinosaurs and superheroes, kids burn off extra energy and participate in activities that may help develop motor skills. Jump!Zone’s energetic staff supervises all play as kids climb on pirate ships and trampoline inside princess castles. Specific inflatables may vary by location but often include towering bounce houses shaped like fire trucks or octopi as well as party rooms, games, pizza, soda, and other festive fare. The bouncy center also hosts birthday parties, fundraisers, and special events.
Before ever capturing the intimate, personal moments of a couple’s wedding or a child’s smile, Bill Melonides focused his talents on a broader audience. As a student at Columbia College in Chicago, Bill worked as an intern on several motion pictures and TV shows and soon moved his attention to still photography, with its artistic simplicity and darkrooms’ relaxing chemical baths. Several years later, Bill honed his shutter eye and became the head photographer at MVP Studio Photography, where he specializes in memorializing weddings that share the traditions of his Greek Orthodox heritage.
Wielding high-resolution digital SLR cameras, Bill and his creative staff photograph weddings of all faiths along with portraits of children and families, finishing off each session with sets of retouched, color-corrected prints. MVP Studio also provides a range of photography services, from securing handmade wedding albums with library bindings to converting old VHS tapes to high-quality DVDs that won’t jam as often in the VCR.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
Spots and stains sail into the sunset at The Greener One-Price-Cleaner, a full-service and environmentally conscious haven for waterless washing. Plants breathe a collective sigh of contentment as professional cleaners make soiled vestments sparkle with organic solvents before storing them for pickup in biodegradable garment bags. For a set price of $1.99, pants and ties worn during pie-eating contests and too-powerful power lunches undergo a thorough cleaning and pressing, and shirts hung on the dry moving rack shiver with excitement knowing their last horrifying home bath need never be repeated, as each dry cleanse costs a friendly $0.99. Patrons already boasting meticulous torso tents can finally jump on beds with reckless abandon before sending complete sets of bed linens in for cleaning that leaves them feeling softer than a baby-powdered puppy. The Greener One-Price-Cleaner also freshens up precious leather and furs and preserves wedding dresses with an in-house service for future brides-to-be.
ChiroXchange supports a nervous system of more than 250 nationwide locations, whose varying services and technologies all converge with the end of healing bodies with holistic, drug-free techniques. The chiropractors believe that many of the body’s ailments, from sore backs and headaches to fatigue, are caused by blockages in the nervous system. To reverse these blockages, they nudge spinal discs back into place with gentle, strategic pressure, aligning nerves with the vertebra to free the flow of information and cat photos to and from the brain. The chiropractors at each location emphasize communication with their patients. They field questions, explain the purpose of every adjustment, and work with patients to design programs around their unique wellness goals.
The closet connoisseurs at Perfection Closets help keep bedrooms, garages, home offices, and pantries well-ordered via an array of organizational materials and accessories. A free in-home consultation provides clients with a 3-D rendering of proposed closet designs and an estimate that includes the potential costs of design, materials, fabrication, delivery, and installation. Clients can store garments on shelving units 14 inches deep in a 6-foot-wide reach-in closet ($500) or hang their collection of Scooby-Doo costumes in a standard 6'x7' walk-in closet with 11.75-inch-deep hanging units and 14-inch deep shelves ($1,200). Feel free to stop by Perfection Closets' Niles showroom and peruse the vast display of organizational choices and materials, including eco-friendly melamine in a variety of colors to complement rooms and pledge allegiance to your favorite Power Ranger.