With more than 386 locations dotting North America, JCPenney Optical's ubiquity is matched only by its extensive selection of contact lenses and designer frames that includes brands such as Armani Exchange, Liz Claiborne, and Nicole Miller. Despite this wide reach, all lenses are cut at the same optical laboratory, ensuring a consistency of quality and a pretty good idea of where to look if your glasses run away from home. Each location has an independent state-licensed doctor of optometry, who can perform vision exams and help clients determine which type of vision correction will work best.
Named one of Parents magazine's Top 10 Birthday Chains in 2010, Color Me Mine's international franchise of DIY ceramics studios cater to an older crowd as well. Hundreds of unadorned ceramic pieces—including vases, flatware, and busts of Elvis—await the attentions of muses of kids and their keepers alike, as do glazes in earthy tones and bright crimsons to frighten bulls away from china cabinets. Guests follow simple step-by-step instructions that leave plenty of room for creative expression. When painters are satisfied with their work, the professional kiln-workers help glaze and fire it for them before customers retrieve the finished piece a few days later.
Bride and groom take their seat at the center of the table; the wedding party sits beside them. An ethereal glow emanates from the gauzy curtains behind their seats: blue, purple, green. Silky white roses blanket the table and chairs, and yellow petals circling purple-bottomed vases and green candles add a pop of color. The setting may sound like a fairytale, but it's actually a head table created by the event decorators at Alluring Occasions.
Whether they're creating a one-of-a-kind backdrop for a bride and groom, table settings for a sweet sixteen, or decor for another special event, each of their creations is touched with whimsy. Of course, how much whimsy all depends on your personal preferences. The decorators cater to each party host or special guest when they design a bash, so settings range from colorful and opulent to chic and understated.
NorCal Jump keeps kids not only active, but airborne. The company rents out a regularly updated supply of rainbow-hued bounce houses, which can each hold up to 10 leaping youngsters or Venus de Milos. The play structures range from standard models adorned with decorative banners of cartoon characters to a more elaborate style with an actual inflatable Spiderman on its roof. In select houses, tots can slip down inflatable slides, dart through obstacle courses, and dunk on kid-sized basketball hoops. A team of trained staffers delivers and sets up each house and can bring along selections from the business’s supply of waterslides and cotton-candy machines.
You don?t have to be in a professional photo studio to be the star of high-quality photos anymore. Mementostrip Photo Booths? technicians provide a mobile studio that travels to the party, allowing individuals, couples, and groups to star in an endless number of self-directed shots. Each booth boasts a digital single-lens-reflex camera that produces professional-quality images. After the machine snaps a picture, it instantly prints a single 4?x6? or a double 2"x6" print for its subjects to keep.