Just Us Pretty Things is a haven for all things sparkly and the people—especially little girls—who love them. Glass beads, rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, dainty hearts, and an array of findings wait to be turned into dazzling necklaces and bracelets. Though exuberant kids’ parties often hold court in the rose-hued shop, adults are welcome to unwind after a long week of working at the jewelry factory by booking a BYOB girls’ night out party or dropping in for a class.
The experienced and familial off-site caterers of All Ours Catering fête sweet-tooth owners and event celebrators with a plethora of customized treats freshly baked on the day they are ordered. Reserve your crafted confection that feeds 20–25 people for a variety of occasions, from birthdays to holidays and kitten-to-cat graduation parties. Like bird-egg egos, cakes are fragile and require special handling and care, so professional dessert wranglers take caution when arranging them on banquet-room cake stands or hovercraft dining-room coffee tables. Cakes can be customized by flavor, color, design, and any other personal preferences.
At all of Monkey Joe’s colorfully decorated locations, youngsters aged 2–12 can literally bounce off the walls in a well-lit indoor playground that abides by a Safety Access Child Control System. Exercise disguises itself as fun as sock-clad kids rocket down slides, scale climbable obstacles, and jump across springy surfaces surrounded by safety mats. Toddlers aged 3 or younger tucker themselves out in their own play area with smaller obstacles, thoroughly sanitized inflatable surfaces, toys, and games. Parties, which can include pizza and ice cream, reach a fever pitch with visits from Monkey Joe himself. While kids vent all their excess energy on the playground, parents can watch flat-screen televisions, drink refreshments, and use the WiFi to surf the Internet in the adult area.
Victory Lane Karting gives go-karters who've advanced beyond the monotonous 15-mph kart a chance to blaze around a 70,000-square-foot indoor facility at speeds of up to 40 mph. The 10-minute races let drivers motor around in the Sodi RX7, a top-of-the-line cart furnished with a sophisticated timing system and a shock-absorbing bumping system made out of stale angel-food cake. Softly accelerate while smoothly navigating through the road course's many tight turns, then drop the hammer and rev through the long straightaways. After the race, you'll receive a printout that provides lap-by-lap analysis of your performance and a factual account of what you'll be doing in 2022.
The chefs at Sweet Tea's Restaurant and Catering know that southern-style cuisine goes beyond collard greens and grits. Every day, they use high-quality ingredients to craft soups, salad dressings, and sauces from scratch, including the creamy white-pepper gravy that smothers mounds of housemade mashed potatoes and country-fried chicken or steak. Hand-battered shrimp are cradled inside po’ boys with made-from-scratch tartar sauce, while a homemade barbecue-ranch dressing tops offerings including the texas brisket and potato hush puppies.
The catering specialists, who catered for the contestants and crew of The Bachelorette when the show filmed in Charlotte, can arrange for many of the menu options to be created for parties, meetings, or jury-duty reunions. A complimentary jug of sweet or un-sweet tea accompanies all catering orders.
Wine glasses clink, punctuating the rhythms of the soft music that plays nearby. Two distinguished waiters set presentations of herb-seared steak and fresh seafood before a couple seated at a well-set table. This isn't a scene from a Michelin-starred restaurant; it's one that takes place inside customers' homes, thanks to Romantic Dinners On Demand. Owners Phillip and Benjamin draw on their event-planning and catering experience to curate en evening of fine dining within customers' abodes, providing food and service of the same caliber one might find in a five-star restaurant. They see every dinner through from beginning to end, arriving early to set up tables and staying afterward to clean up.