Few childhood events elicit as much unbridled joy as when the carnival comes to town, but at Carnival Zone, the party's here to stay. Seven giant inflatables beckon children of all ages to bounce to their heart's content, fortified by the concession stand's hot dogs and cotton candy. The indoor playground captures the spirit of the carnival with classic strength- and skill-testing games, and a separate toddler area ensures wee ones stay safe and keeps them from using the air-hockey puck as a hovercraft.
Celebrations a mainstay at Carnival Zone, hosted in one of three decorated party rooms. The center's party coordinators provide everything from plates and utensils to goodie bags, ice cream, and Papa John's pizza. When not feting birthday boys and girls, Carnival Zone holds open-jump sessions and school fundraisers.
D. Geller and Son Jewelers' team has dressed bare necks, earlobes, and fingers with dazzling accessories for more than 70 years. Made from precious metals and rare jewels, sparkling pendants embellish clavicles for evenings on the town or everyday elegance. Rings forged from silver can be set with any number of carefully cut diamonds to become an engagement ring or something crunchy to place at the bottom of a box of stale caramel corn.
At fab'rik Vinings' boutique, shoppers benefit from monthly store events and shipments bearing new styles arriving on a daily basis. Tops, dresses, and bottoms from fab'rik's brands such as the exclusive White Collection fit into any casual or trendy setting. In addition, clothes from designers such as Hudson, Blank, and Tulle sprout from the shop's racks, gifting shoppers with individualized looks. Staff stylists are always on hand to aid customers in finding an outfit for any occasion—even offering individualized Personal Stylist appointments. They can suggest dress-and-shoe combos for a night on the town or comfortable top-and-jean sets to wear before being cryogenically frozen. The shop also provides private parties and goes easy on budgets by keeping most of its items under $100.
Going from managing ostriches to running a baseball business may seem like a strange jump, but it's just another day in the office for Better Baseball founder Glen Robinson III. In the 1980s, he began raising and selling ostriches and emus as food and as companions for people allergic to pet rocks. A warm spring morning brought an impromptu visit for a customer who was less interested in the massive birds, and more focused on the netting that separated the animals' pens. Soon, Glen was spending more time crafting batting cages than selling his livestock, inspiring him to open what would eventually become Better Baseball.
Today, this bird-free business furnishes players of America's favorite pastime with the gear they need to play Little League, softball, or even college-level games. After taking practice swings inside one of Glen's onsite cages, players can pick up the gloves, glove pads, and eye protection needed to help them catch any pop flies or poorly aimed Cracker Jack from the stands.
For more than 20 years, A Costume Ball has been providing imaginative get-ups for year-round occasions such as themed parties, holidays, school events, and take your child to work day. A Costume Ball's wide inventory of outfits and accessories includes a myriad of costumes, including fictional characters, scary specters, and period costumes. Blend into the crowd of apple bobbers with the Where's Waldo Kit ($34.95), or get a stomach full of blue-plate specials while avoiding the wolf with a Granny Wig ($14.95). For an elegant approach, don the full Penguin ($85 rental), ideal for a black-tie weddings and romantic ice-skating blind dates.