Phantom Fireworks first burst onto the scene more than three decades ago. Today, the company lights up backyards of America from coast-to-coast with more than 1,200 permanent and temporary locations.
Much like its products, Phantom?s employees frequently take to the skies. They travel around the globe in search of the industry's latest ground and aerial displays before returning home with rockets, missiles, fountains, and aerial repeaters. From there, an extensive in-house testing program takes over, checking each item's safety before it?s sold to the public.
That testing program is just one of Phantom?s pillars of safety. The company also holds memberships with multiple pyrotechnics organizations, and it offers customers additional information about fireworks laws and history through its Fireworks University.
The National Croquet Center invites visitors to take in relaxing bouts of competitive croquet, dine with friends and family, or celebrate weddings and special events amid the elegant lawns and clubhouses. From the time French peasants began whacking wooden balls with simple mallets in the game's early days, to the modern matches of also whacking wooden balls with simple mallets, croquet has been enjoyed across all ages and social classes. Rather than hosting informal matches on bumpy patches of backyard, the National Croquet Center maintains professional playing grounds, with laser-level 105'x84' putting grounds, a pro shop, and a stately Caribbean-style clubhouse. Wedding guests dance and celebrate in candlelit dining rooms and verdant lawns, while players hungry from hours of rolling balls through wickets gather at the Croquet Grille for high-class luncheons.
aerialbodiesinc eschews the crowds, loud music, and sweaty equipment often found in larger gyms for an intimate, boutique studio that conjures a quiet, relaxed setting in which to exercise the mind and body. In the Pilates room, owner Lydie Robsham guides students through core-bolstering moves on Reformer machines that utilize the body weight of the exerciser to sculpt lean muscle, increase flexibility, and improve posture. In addition to a plethora of athletic accomplishments and teaching certifications, Lydie also boasts a license in massage therapy and can work out her clients' kinks with kneading techniques from a dozen different modalities. After a yoga or Pilates class, guests can unwind with coffee or tea.
New York City has plenty of ghost stories carved right into its concrete bones, and the guides at Ghosts of New York want to share them all. They offer 14 different year-round tours, ranging from tracing the steps of historic figures such as George Washington, to searching out the film locations where movies spirits came to un-life. They even lead phantom pub crawls in the East and West Village, touring establishments where customers have spotted the horrifying specters of empty pint glasses.
Massage therapists at Believe Day Spa & Boutique have three goals: release stress, loosen muscle tightness, and increase their clients' sense of well-being. To do this, they customize each session to the needs of each patron, adding such modalities as deep-tissue massage, hot-stone release, and scalp massage as needed. They partner their line of massages with skincare, including deep-cleansing and anti-aging facials, detoxifying seaweed body wraps, and smoothing cellulite treatments.
Alex and Ani's jewelry is designed to be not only beautiful, but inspirational and unique. Within the shop, customers can take a seat in the formidable designers' chair at the bangle bar to begin the process of customizing their choice of adornment. Each piece is expandable to ensure a perfect wrist or finger-hugging fit. From stacks of Russian gold wrist bangles piled high with Byzantine coin pendants and metal beads, to simple hoop earrings dripping with glass teardrop beads, to men's wire bracelets, there is something for everyone in the Alex and Ani treasure trove. Browse their chic yet trendy collection of bracelets, rings, earrings, and hair accessories to bedeck yourself for the holiday season or give the gift of glimmering appendages.