Supplying all types of social gatherings with entertainment-enhancing games and activities, Springfield Party Rental stocks a sprightly set of family-friendly bouncy houses, big-shot-belittling dunk tanks, or six-person laser-tag sets. Though this deal is valid for the standard bouncer, rocketing ricocheters can upgrade to a themed castle, such as Bob the Builder or the Clown Bouncer (an additional $25), or land a bounce-and-slide combo to really rile up guests at your city-council-overthrow fundraiser (an additional $100). Party planners can take the initiative to pick up, set up, and take down their own rentals (the job requires two adults, and is easy with three), and the dunk tank is towable with a 2" hitch. However, professional delivery and pick-up are also available at a flat rate of $60 within 10 miles, and $3 per loaded mile after that—similarly, setup and takedown are an additional fee.
Before he took over Springfield Leather Company, Kevin Hopkins was a struggling musician in need of a guitar strap. After fashioning one out of scraps from a nearby leather store, he realized his true talent and went on to manage Tandy leather stores throughout the midwest. When Tandy shuttered the business in 1999, Hopkins bought the Springfield outpost, rechristening it Springfield Leather Company. Inside the sprawling space, a staff of jewelry and leather experts arm customers with a vast assortment of leather goods and jewelry-making supplies.
Although Majestic Gems offers a range of services you'd expect from a national chain, it has just two locations in Branson, Missouri, and Juneau, Alaska, allowing the company to focus on intimate customer service. Owned by the Raghani family, Majestic Gems strives to become familiar with its clients' tastes in order to recommend the best pieces. Staffers reach into glass display cases to pull out rings, necklaces, and earrings that sparkle with gemstones from around the world, including diamonds, sapphires, topaz, and alexandrites. Meanwhile, jewelers help customers identify the perfect stone?for engagement rings and more?from a vast selection of loose diamonds, varying in cut, color, clarity, and carat.
The stores also carry signature brands such as David Yurman designs, Chamilia beads for charm bracelets, and Seiko watches. Experienced professionals provide repairs and appraise pieces of jewelry, including rings that, according to family lore, were forged in dragon fire. And while you're getting a clasp fixed or checking out an emerald pendant, ask the clerk for some tips on local tourist attractions, like Branson shows or tours of the Alaskan wilderness.