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).
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.
The artists at Montage Clothing Inc. specialize in sharing their garment-customizing craft with others. Intimate workshops at the studio ensure one-on-one attention from instructors teaching how to emblazon graphics onto garments or use Adobe software for image design. Students wishing to start their own printed clothing lines can also benefit from the class, with tips for avoiding common pitfalls such as printing their own face onto all their clients’ garments.
The shop simultaneously practices what its staffers preach, with the capability of custom-screening images in up to six vibrant colors onto as many as 10,000 pieces of clothing for clients. An authorized dealer of Ryonet screenprinting supplies, the shop traces the brand’s high-quality ink over everything from personal orders to the seeds of new fashion lines.
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.
Although The Goddess Spa resides inside Grand Central Hair Salon, its staff moves beyond coifs to address a whole different spectrum of cosmetic concerns. The aestheticians help rejuvenate skin using everything from ultrasound therapy to specialized anti-aging serums. These treatments aim to conceal imperfections typically caused by acne scars, dead skin cells, and chain-mail pillowcases. Peels gently resurface the topmost epidermal layers without abrasive acids, and the body wraps' seaweed-based herbal gel leaves skin feeling soft and nourished.