Metroplex Photo Booth’s open-air photo stations allow even large groups of revelers to stuff themselves into memorable strips. The self-service booths instruct their inhabitants via an LCD monitor, showing the camera’s footage in real time so parties can form attractive tableaus, whether in black and white or color. An attendant remains with the booth at all times to help technologically confused guests, dispense unlimited photo strips, and teach smiling to anyone who missed that day in school. The memory catchers offer a number of additional amenities to personalize the experience including magnetic frames, scrapbooks, and props.
At more than 1,000 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
Paper-wrapped bundles, care packages, and crates pour in and out of Hometown Postal Connection, an authorized shipping center for FedEx, UPS, DHL, and the USPS. Shelves brim with colorful bouquets of paper, pens, and sticky notes, which can be used to post memos or brief reviews of every lunch that was in the office fridge. Alongside the ranks of stationery stand gifts from brands including Ganz and Willow Tree, as well as greeting cards and holiday decorations. The staccato clack of keys drifts from pay-per-use computers, where customers print tickets and shipping labels from the Internet, as mailbox rentals offer a secure spot to collect postcards.
An affordable and monumental selection of sofas, beds, desks, and sarcophagi mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. A Conrad backless barstool ($48) commands shoppers’ attention with its sleek, contemporary design, and Kira furnishings provide stylish sites for storage, studying, or snoozing. A Bulkman pub table with four chairs ($399), sofas, and barstools anticipate increasing the comfort of various human inactivities.
Ten Seconds Studio's project professors instruct classes in a range of metal-based art forms. Metal-embossing classes immerse fledgling artisans into a three-hour lesson divided into two parts: first, students glean the basics of embossing in a 90-minute demonstration that acquaints hands with the included start-up kit, basic technique, and recent patty-cake trends. The remainder of class is spent using newly learned skills to gussy up a metal picture frame (included in the start-up kit). Students may then take their shimmering creations home with them to exhibit family photos or cherished panes of glass.