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.
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.
The instructors at Studio Fitness Club Windsor prize camaraderie and variety over routine. Aiming to sculpt physiques without boring the mind, they lead multiple types of renowned group exercise classes. Each session avoids monotony with its trademark moves, from the energized dance steps of Zumba to the outdoor kettlebell swings and plyometrics of Bodyblast Bootcamp. The teachers track fitness trends from all angles to accommodate goals such as weight loss, muscle toning, and athletic prowess with their class roster. They also account for customer taste—the cathartic jabs of Cardio Kickboxing – Turbo Kick are balanced by the fluid stretches and punching-bag hugging breaks of PiYo, a Pilates-yoga hybrid. For those in pursuit of a custom wellness plan, personal trainers demonstrate how to workout safely and sustainably based on individual fitness assessments.
Inspired by their own quest to find locally grown, organic food to serve their kids, Irv and Shelly decided to start their own network of independent farmers and deliver their produce to doorsteps. Drawing on their backgrounds in economic development and nonprofit environmental activities, the two connected with suppliers such as Jack Erisman of Goldmine Farms in Pana, Illinois—where beef has been raised USDA-certified and organic since 1993—and Harmony Valley in Viroqua, Wisconsin, where 30 years of experience is put to work cultivating high-quality vegetables and berries. As Irv and Shelly deliver the yield from their partners, they choose the most efficient route so as to reduce their carbon footprint. This means they can’t promise specific delivery times, but most orders arrive in the afternoon in boxes whose client-customized bounty is kept fresh by ice packs.
With a showroom full of materials and an impressive body of work that hangs in buildings such as the Trump Tower, Creative Edge helps clients turn bare walls into conversation pieces. Each Creative Edge consultant brings at least 10 years of professional experience to projects, ensuring that every frame perfectly complements its portrait, landscape, or recursive picture of picture frames. These experts also handle 3-D projects, creating shadowbox showpieces for items such as plates, sports memorabilia, medals, and dried flowers. Before settling on a design, clients can peruse the showroom to get creative juices flowing. The showroom offers samples of more than 3,000 different mouldings made from materials that range from classic solid woods to reclaimed roofing supplies, and the gallery features fine-art lithographs, giclées, and original multimedia pieces.