Having honed in the craft of producing colorful custom-printed clothing, Montage Clothing Inc.’s savvy shirt-printers hold workshops for artists and fashionistas to learn the craft of printing and create their own wearable art. During the two-hour T-shirt Party workshop, groups of around 15 listen to a brief introduction before grabbing two blank tees and hitting the ink. With hands-on practice paired with enthused instruction, tee-painters sketch their own designs, then stencil shirts with provided funky fonts and edgy images, perhaps a pair of headphones or Jimmy Carter putting a gorilla in a headlock. In between inking tops, workshoppers can imbibe BYO beer and wine while admiring one another’s work.
The merrymakers at Mystique Gardens Hookah Lounge beckon guests inside the decadent, scarlet- and gold-toned drinking den to imbibe in exotic sips and flavored hookah puffs from the comfort of plush leather couches. Authentic fruit drinks ($4) sate dry palates in flavors such as mango, guava, or banana, and energy drinks ($5) fuel up lagging eyelids and commuter power packs. Curls of smoke drift from patrons’ lips in single shisha flavors ($15) including double apple, mint, or cinnamon, or exotic blends ($16) such as the Sahara Sunset’s mix of rose and vanilla. Patrons can share hookahs among friends ($5/person) and increase sensations with ice hoses ($3), which chill the smoke from spirited gourmet blends including the sour-apple martini ($25). On Thursday and Friday nights, belly dancers detract attention from the illuminated, trickling fountain by performing odysseys of movement and interpretive word problems.
With more than 7,000 items in stock, Star Track’s warehouse brims with craft and party supplies for nearly every holiday and occasion. Pirate-ship piñatas wait to attack passersby with showers of candy ($14), and a set of six inflatable dinosaurs may suit employee break-room reenactments of Jurassic Park ($18). The more sedate color-your-own butterfly backpacks hang in shrink-wrap chrysalises ($20/dozen), dreaming of adornment with craft gems ($5/150) and color fabric pens ($6/dozen). Grads may opt to brave the slings and arrows of giant confetti poppers ($48/24), or take up arms against a sea of responsibility with graduation activity books and crayons ($4.80/dozen). New items every week keep inspiration fresh and ideas flowing, and top-notch customer service helps overwhelmed party planners find the consummate furnishings for their festivities. Customers may also apply the value of this Groupon to rent standout soiree gadgets, such as a cotton-candy machine ($125/3 hours) or a leap-frog game ($75/day).
Hand-painted murals of surreal city skylines, rolling fields, and sunrise-speckled ocean views surround customers inside The Hub, a full service bicycle shop and service center. In the midst of the modern artwork, a dedicated crew works to equip riders with gear for pedaling past similar scenes in the natural world, relying on expertise they’ve gleaned from working in development and design with K2 bikes to maintain and repair rides. The knowledgeable staff guides cyclists through expansive show-room floors filled with parts, helmets, and bicycles of various styles including BMX, road bikes, mountain bikes, and beach cruisers from brands such as BMC, Kona, Bianchi, and K2. Bike riders themselves, the staffers work to educate each customer who walks through the door, championing the environmentally friendly form of transportation beloved by small, lazy dogs in baskets everywhere.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.
Hampton Luxury Liner ferries its passengers around in a lavish motorcoach that boasts five flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and an on-bus library. The luxury buses travel to destinations ranging from the Hamptons to Atlantic City, with specific stops at wineries, resorts, and casinos. Reclining leather seats with space for laptops and maximum leg extension typify the cushy interior, and each road cruiser also comes equipped with a library and refrigerator, useful for storing steaks to distract the thousands of chasing dogs such a luxurious bus usually attracts.