Smooth curtains of melted chocolate cascade from fountains, parting only to drench strawberries, bananas, and pretzels with a coat of sweet warmth. While Waterfalls of Chocolate doesn't have a map to a magical land of candy, they do set up and operate specialized chocolate fountains at parties and events, bringing with them milk, white, and dark chocolate and dipping foods ranging from fruits to bite-size cookies for an additional cost. Their tiered fountains can hold up to 11 pounds of chocolate to satisfy gatherings up to 200, an ideal choice to celebrate a wedding or a cloning experiments that worked too well.
What do neuroscience and beauty have in common? Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar’s owner, Holli Christensen, marks both as career paths she’s conquered. After earning her master's degree at King’s College in London, the research scientist decided to ditch the lab coat and set her sights on cracking the beauty formula. Her first business––Kensington Makeup Artists––became a booming success, delivering on-location wedding makeup and hair for more than 150 brides and at least one confused catering assistant per year. Not only was she named one of Phoenix Business Journal’s Top Forty Under 40 in 2011, but she also found the inspiration to open Park Avenue as a permanent hub for clients who needed everyday services such as updos, highlights, makeup, and waxing. Today, Holli still caters to on-the-go beauty seekers by offering 30-minute mini facials or express blowouts. Those with more leisurely schedules can take their time choosing from six types of eyelash extensions that last anywhere from one night to six weeks.
Families, babies, couples?even sassy garter belts. Belle En Blanc Photography's shutterbugs capture it all using high-quality cameras, a professional understanding of lighting, and expert editing software, resulting in images as stylish as they are personal. Every shot is imbued with the personality of its subjects. Brides and bridesmaids playfully mug for the lens, newly engaged duos share a private joke, infants nibble parents' noses, and sun hats strategically cover bare torsos in sensual boudoir images.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.
Glasses of purple merlot or golden chardonnay stand out against the white tables at Art of Merlot, a BYOB art space where students learn to replicate paintings by Van Gogh, Kandinsky, and other artists. The studio provides paint, brushes, aprons, easels, and canvases, as well as glasses and corkscrews for wine. Art of Merlot also hosts private, corporate, and bridal events as well as kids camps and birthday parties.