Few people spend their days attending bar mitzvahs and corporate picnics, but The Entertainment Playground’s staff works both circuits. The event-planning company can create parties from the ground up or augment them with equipment and staff, freeing up hosts to spend more time shaking their presents. The company’s inflatables run the gamut from bounce houses to outdoor movie screens, and fog machines and strobe lights add energy to dance parties or at least make the boring people harder to see. Revelers can pile into photo booths to create instant keepsakes, or climb aboard mechanical bulls for a very in-the-moment experience. A team of entertainers complements the attractions by delighting onlookers with intricate balloon art or classic magic tricks.
Ensconced among 116 acres of woods, wetlands, and meadows, Irvine Nature Center stirs up enthusiasm and respect for nature in children and families with a plethora of exhibits, special events, and educational programs. Inside the nature center’s exhibit gallery, the chirps of birds and eloquent narration of frogs beckon kids to partake in interactive exhibits. Live animals include snakes, poisonous dart frogs, and hissing cockroaches, and preserved native birds and an indigenous red fox silently remind children of the dangers of freeze tag. Outside, visitors immerse themselves in natural wonders such as the overlook of expansive Caves Valley and the Woodland Garden.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
Using healthy, natural ingredients, chef Lisa Honick crafts a diverse menu of fully prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare, as well as sundry entrees, sides, and desserts that long for the finishing flames of customers' home ovens. Early morning biters can grab a seat in the bright café dining room and hang a fang on the thick-sliced challah French toast, topped with rum-glazed bananas and candied pecans ($7.95). Classic lunchtime deli fare includes the moonlight in Vermont, a roasted turkey breast sandwich that lures lazy vampires away from daytime television and swaddles tongue buds with Vermont cheddar, apples, cranberries, Euro greens, and boursin spread ($7.95). Dinner entrees to go, such as the chicken marsala or glazed corn beef with pineapple sauce, arrive at hungry tables accompanied with salad, two side dishes, rolls, and dessert ($17.95/person, all dinners).
Health Quest Chiropractic & Physical Therapy combines effective, time-tested adjustments with physical therapy techniques to ease pain caused by chronic conditions and tackle injuries at their source. Rather than treating symptoms as they pop up or replacing body parts with robotic versions, Doctors Paul Ettlinger and Sean Grady aim to keep patients in a state of long-term wellness.
Since a goodly portion of overall health comes from weight management, the medicos expand their services well beyond traditional chiropractic services to help clients take charge of their diet and exercise routines. Deploying the Metabolize system, they run clients through scientifically calibrated metabolic assessments that reveal how many calories folks burn whether they're exercising, resting, or sleep-walking. With the help of health and wellness coaching, clients can strut confidently into the gym knowing exactly what kinds of exercises will spring-board them to their ideal weight.
The team even eradicates a few of the stressors that surround a trip to the doctor's office. Instead of having to FedEx them to a friend's house for the afternoon, parents can drop kids off at the toy- and book-stocked play area, allowing on-the-go patients to squeeze treatments into busy schedules.
The staff at Star Brite Dry Cleaners restores sullied wardrobes to wearable condition with dry cleaning, wet cleaning, and tailoring services. Although they specialize in couture clothing, they treat all garments with the same care they show Prada dresses, Burberry suits, and the Monopoly man's top hat collection. They can even repair garments damaged by fire, water, or mold. Besides dry cleaning, they also use gentle and eco-friendly wet cleaning methods to cleanse delicate fabrics such as silk, wool, suede, and leather.