Boardwalk Photo Booth Rentals of New York comes with a slew of recognition from such outlets as WeddingWire and The Knot, and the galleries from their booths demonstrate why. Grinning friends, families, and even brides and grooms still in their wedding attire pose in front of a silvery velvet background. Some wear wacky sunglasses and cat noses, while others pour champagne and pout. Every booth comes with a scrapbook, which can be customized for an additional charge, allowing guests to leave their pictures, signatures, and dental impressions to celebrate happy couples and gracious hosts. The booth, enclosed by stylish drapery, is tended to by a helpful attendant, who also sets up and removes the booth before and after each session.
At Tilton Self Storage, secure fences and computer-operated gates guard a stockade of 250 insulated storage units of varying sizes. Wide, roll-up doors reveal spacious 10-foot-high ceilings in every unit—perfect for storing stacks of boxes or a house of cards that's gotten out of hand. Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week by car, van, or truck, the units are under the constant watch of 24-hour digital surveillance.
It was 1978. A college dropout and a failed medical-school applicant had just brought together their combined life savings to rent an old gas station. Their plan was to resurrect the empty station and open their own restaurant. Their specialty: ice cream. So begins the story of legendary entrepreneurs Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, who are better known across the globe as Ben & Jerry. Their small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor eventually became a Burlington, Vermont favorite, and before long, shops popped up all over the U.S. and in 25 other countries. Their brand easily attracted customers––homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, natural ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Coffee Caramel Buzz.
Since infusing their first rich and creamy batches of ice cream with natural chunks of fruit, nuts, candies, and cookies, Ben and Jerry have also operated with a commitment to improve the quality of life locally, nationally, and internationally. They practice sustainable food production and business practices that respect the earth and environment. Ben & Jerry’s cartons are made from FSC-certified paper, which comes from forests that are managed for the protection of wildlife, and waste from Ben & Jerry’s plants generates energy to power farms. The company works tirelessly to reduce its carbon emissions; it strongly encourages customers to eat their ice cream in the darkest dark.
Jake's Dog House equips dogs, cats, and their loving pet-parents with delicious gourmet treats, soothing animal-spa treatments, and unique apparel. Groomers provide a variety of services—including teeth brushing, hot-oil conditioning, and nail clipping—readying pets for special occasions, such as obedience school proms. Dogs and cats alike while away hours with interactive toys, or perform for the honor of devouring delicious gourmet treats made from human-grade edibles by Jake's own bakers.
When Frank Wheaton, Jr. first visited the Corning Museum of Glass in the early 1960's, it caught his ire. On display were many marvelous works of glass—treasures forged of sand, wood, soda ash, and silica that represented the dawning of the American glass industry. Frank's problem? Those shiny, fragile masterpieces were being exhibited in New York and not where they were birthed: New Jersey.
As the grandson of glass magnate Dr. Theodore Corson Wheaton—whose glass pharmaceutical bottles were instrumental in giving rise to the Millville glass monarchy of Wheaton USA—Frank claimed his birthright and created the WheatonArts and Cultural Center. Sprawling across 65 wooded acres, WheatonArts features a fully functioning glass studio with daily demonstrations of glassblowing wizardry; artist studios where craftsmen branch out into pottery and woodworking. The jewel of the WheatonArts retreat, and the fulfillment of Frank Wheaton's dream to usurp New York, is the [Museum of American Glass(http://www.wheatonarts.org/museumamericanglass). The magnum opus of luminescence charters the history of the medium from its brittle infancy to its latest mutations. The circulating collection typically includes up to 7,000 objects, ranging from early American bottles and mason jars, clever Art Nouveau creations, and stunning works from Dale Chihuly and other contemporary glass-working artists.
The slumber scientists at America's Mattress provide visitors with the springy equipment necessary for horizontal expeditions into the unconscious. The Newtonia Bay mattress ($599+ on sale, $1,099 regular) is available in firm for proponents of back support and plush for advocates of sleeping in the arms of a massive teddy bear. Pursue recumbence with the Serta Perfect Sleeper Marengo ($799 on sale, $1,199 regular), or transform torpor into restfulness with a Serta Perfect Sleeper Glen Haven mattress with memory foam ($899 on sale, $1,799 regular), which provides balanced support and remembers important dreams so they can be analyzed later for clues to kitchen candy stashes. Customers receive free delivery, setup, and removal for mattress sets priced at $699 or more.