Aio Wireless is the brainchild of Jennifer Van Buskirk. In a former life, she acted as Senior Vice President of Mobility Strategy for AT&T, where her performance earned her enough trust from the higher-ups that they asked her to run their new company: Aio Wireless. Her new joint venture retains all of the reliability of AT&T's 4G/LTE network, but gives folks a chance to break free of contractual shackles with a pay-as-you-go plan. In fact, the whole process has been streamlined. Aio lets clients use their own cell phone rather than buying a new one with unlimited talk, text, and data plans.
Despite the cutting edge gadgetry and the reliable network, however, the stores' approach to technology is more than just practical. Their array of phone cases, for example, brighten iPhones, Galaxies and Lumias in neon hues. Their earbud headphones, meanwhile, let phone owners play their tunes on the go without schlepping their tuba everywhere.
P. Michele Talley, also known as The Newlywed Guru, knows that transitioning into a life together requires more than a marriage certificate. For the past 20 years, she has been researching stable marriages, and educating couples on the keys to long lasting partnerships--from planning honeymoons to cooking gourmet spreads together, rather than just both holding the handle on the can opener.
If you combined a race with a dance party, you would get the World Famous Foam Run. Race courses, which range between two and three miles long depending on the host city, wind past LED trees, foam pits, and "clouds" created by blasts of CO2. Runners add to the fun by dressing up in bright-colored clothing and glowsticks, congregating at the end of the course for an EDM dance party soundtracked by live DJs and dogs that can harmonize their barks. There are beer tents for of-age participants, though kids and strollers are also welcome at this family-friendly event.
At the Central Florida Fair, thousands of farmers, animals, and curious locals gather at Orlando's Central Florida Expo Park to make new friends and learn about the region's rich agricultural heritage. Kids and future farmers show off more than 2,500 cattle, rabbits, horses, and sheep at the Youth Livestock Show, while the Horse Show Classic pits man against horse in a chess match for the ages. Visitors to the Fair can witness a bustling auction of locally grown livestock, watch national recording artists perform and touring family shows, and build up an appetite for fair food with multiple rides on the Ferris wheel.
The Neon Run brings the age-old traditions of running competitions into the 21st century, using a 5K course built around glow stations, from which a water-based formula rains down on runners. The liquid radiates light; coupled with the black lights and LED along the route, it creates a surreal confusion of color. The race culminates in a Neon Festival, in which each runner is armed with a personal bottle of glow paint or powder.
Stand-up jokester Michael Blackson channels his West African roots to bust guts during an evening of nonstop snickers and guest cameos. Inspired by giggle guru Eddie Murphy, Blackson's exotic style received national exposure during his appearance in the film Next Friday, as well as HBO's Def Comedy Jam and P. Diddy Presents: The Bad Boys of Comedy. While guests sip drinks and sop up spilled laughs with a napkin, the dashiki-sheathed Blackson will dispense a steady stream of jocular jabs, covering such subjects as his adolescence and time spent adjusting to American culture. Special guest comedian Tony Black warms up audience chuckle engines alongside jester Rion Evans, who has appeared on the Monique Show. Also on the bill, musical act Atiba sends toes a-tappin' with energized jams and rhythmic readings of several shampoo bottles.