Mother-and-daughter team Pam and Emily Philipp founded Operation Glass Slipper in 2006 to help high-school girls prepare for their proms. Girls who cannot afford the high cost of attending and outfitting themselves for prom can confide in a trusted adult from their school or community to obtain a referral to the program. The girls then choose a dress, purse, shoes, a necklace, and earrings from Operation Glass Slipper's inventory, which is made up primarily of new shoes and accessories and donated dresses, although the organization must purchase additional dresses to fill gaps in sizes. The girls can also bring a female companion to help them shop. Since its inception, Operation Glass Slipper has outfitted more than 1,000 girls for prom each year.
Gray T-shirts and pink T-shirts don't convey any special significance in the outside world, but on Cupid's Love/Hate Pub Crawl those hues distinguish single guests from guests in relationships. While not included in the Groupon, participants on the crawl can order a shirt, and buy a marker to scribble down their relationship status, and a kazoo to summon a string of ducks to lead them to the next location. Shuttles whisk the remaining crawlers to each watering hole on the Pub Crawl Kings' event, which makes 60- to 90-minute stops at more than five bars for discounted beers or specialty drinks. In between rounds, guests can mingle, dance, or partake in contests such as the Sexiest Cupid Contest.
Grumpy's Bar & Grill sates patrons with a menu of hearty burgers and sandwiches and quenches quaffers with 34 beers on tap. Friends, couples, or bitter, bitter rivals put bitter, bitter rivalries aside over two Fatty Melts—culinary colossi weighed down with a half-pound, black Angus burger peppered with sautéed onions and wedged between two grilled-cheese sandwiches. Both melts come with fries and a Surly Furious ale, a hoppy explosion with hints of citrus, pine, and caramel toffee.
Opened in 2009, PINZ features high-tech amenities and a modern design, all part of its goal to offer customers a contemporary bowling experience that makes them forget about the dingy bowling alleys of the past. While sitting on leather benches, guests reach out to rest their drinks on wooden coffee tables before lacing up a pair of bowling shoes. After selecting a ball from a wooden and chrome rack, they center themselves in one of 10 lanes before sending pins sailing. This upscale experience is thanks to PINZ's 10 Pin Alley, a lounge with a private wait staff, and one of many amenities that sets PINZ apart from other bowling alleys. When not bowling in the lounge or on one of the alley's other 34 lanes, bowlers can grab a bite at Harvey's American Pub—an in-house restaurant and bar that serves pizza, burgers, and hearty entrees—or indulge in entertainment such as billiards and arcade games. The alley also contains a glow-in-the-dark laser-tag arena for settling bets over who is the best bowler.
SOS Coffee Bar and Dance Club inspires toe tapping with weekly dance lessons and parties in a positive environment free from the influence of alcohol or other substances. Taught by Robyn Mills, one-hour beginners' line-dancing classes introduce basic steps and coordination, progressing to more challenging routines that incorporate intricate choreographies, fancier footwork, and transcribing Victorian literature via toes. After mastering timid toes over a series of lessons, solo dancers can flaunt their legs and lyric-powered compasses to the public at Friday-night parties, featuring a soundtrack from a live DJ. Students can shuffle and slide the night away, demonstrating their newly acquired moves for randomly matched partners or impressing blind dates with complicated steps that cut through rugs and the metaphysical walls that separate dimensions.
At more than 35 current or soon to be open Sky Zone locations across the country, bouncers of all ages revel in gravity-defying flips and twists. Mammoth floor-to-wall trampolines cover the gyms, creating endless possibilities for bounding antics. Pits piled high with foam blocks allow for soft landings after springing from trampolines into sky-high aerobatic tumbles and tricks, whereas bouncy courts equipped with basketball hoops elicit soaring slam-dunk contests. Visitors also burn up to 1,000 calories per hour during trampoline-based SkyRobics classes that focus on the calisthenics and muscle-toning aerobics created by kangaroos. Other inventive activities on the courts include games of dodge ball as well as Sky Zone the sport, during which participants fly through giant, suspended rings with game balls to score points. Each clean and safe facility provides excitement for the entire family and can also host birthdays and group celebrations.