Discovery Center Springfield understands that the best learning happens during play, so it fields creative discovery through a variety of hands-on exhibits including an anti-gravity mirror, an astronomy gallery, and a miniature TV studio. Kids can ride a bike suspended 20 feet in the air or don a lab coat and explore the mysteries of DNA.
In October 2005, Doug Stritzel tested his 16 years of restaurant experience by opening Pickleman's, a sandwich shop focused on fresh ingredients and hot subs. Judging by the eatery's success—the initial shop spawned 11 additional locations across the Midwest—Stritzel's experiment worked. Each day, the ovens churn out a lineup of hot subs and pizzas topped with steaming ingredients. Toasted sandwiches meld zesty flavors, such as salami, capicola, and giardiniera peppers, in a torpedo-shaped package that spins in an edible spiral when thrown. Chefs also man the ovens to craft thin-crust pizzas bedecked with chicken, blue cheese, and buffalo sauce, but spare the menu's soups and chopped salads from the flames.
Irish pubs are renowned for putting Guinness on a pedestal, but Dublin?s Pass Irish Pub takes that adoration to a whole new level. Virtually every libation on the pub?s drink menu features the stout mixed with other bar favorites, including Jameson, Coca-Cola, and champagne. Guinness even makes its way into the kitchen, where it spikes the buffalo sauce that coats chicken wings and the cheese sauce that accompanies fries cut by hand and the occasional Jedi mind trick. Not everything, however, comes soaked in Guinness?fried bread pudding, for instance, arrives crowned with a warm caramel drizzle. To accompany such hearty Irish feasts, Dublin?s Pass hosts trivia every Monday, live music on weekends, and musicians strumming traditional Irish tunes every Wednesday at the Southside location.
Parlor 88 Lounge & Eatery's culinary team crafts upscale bar food to complement its liquid bounty of 88 martinis, 88 beers, and 88 wines. They slather baked boneless wings in your choice of five sauces, fill sliders with turkey doused in chipotle sauce, and top nachos with candied jalapeños and grilled chicken. After meals, a variety of chocolate sweets charm taste buds.
Parlor 88 Eastside hosts live music each Saturday, while Parlor 88 Southside entertains soirees in The Olive Room, a private space equipped with its own bar, full-service catering, and plush couches, which when sat upon, kindly giggle at all your jokes.
At Bikini Body Factory, licensed aestheticians and spa technicians revitalize clients with both technical spa services and holistic skin treatments. They knead backs using Swedish or recovery-specific massages—often enhanced by scented essential oils—and exfoliate skin with sea salts that leave clients smooth enough to gain acceptance from any snobby dolphin pod. Team members also apply wax and cold cucumber packs to oust unwanted bristle from a wide array of treatment areas. And when they're not catering to clients' aesthetic needs, the therapists assist clients in setting realistic goals with ongoing personal fitness training.