The attractions at New Heights literally stretch from floor to ceiling. On the ground, a mechanical bull shifts and bucks, and an inflatable jousting ring inspires human-versus-human combat. As for its vertical pursuits, New Heights houses a 25-foot climbing wall, an inflatable slide, and a Euro bungee that gives patrons enough air to bounce and flip at up to 25 feet. New Heights also boasts a talented staff made up of face painters, clowns, magicians, caricature artists, and a musical impersonator who will travel to entertain at local parties and events.
The iconic comic-strip character and namesake of Dagwood’s Sandwich Shoppes peeps out from the first “o” in the deli’s logo, embracing not his wife, Blondie, but the signature Dagwood sandwich. With its four meats and pair of cheeses, the delicious (if slightly intimidating) sandwich represents the more than 20 signature subs and clubs that grace Dagwood’s menu. Meats ranging from premium roast beef to tender pork loin share slices of bread with cheeses, crisp pickles, and all the condiments one might expect of an old-fashioned deli. Those too young to appreciate the shop’s Sunday-paper references will at least enjoy kids’ meals such as the classic grilled-cheese sandwich. Aside from their in-store selections, the deli caters events with colorful trays of meats and sack lunches served by a curiously cartoonish wait staff.
Baby Belly's passionate staff enliven weary hands and feet with all-natural, pregnancy-safe products during a spa mani-pedi. After cannon-balling into a therapeutic soak to kick off the pedicure, freshly exfoliated feet and lower legs are massaged with hot stones to banish aches. Then, paw pamperers rub limbs with peppermint tea tree foot balm to soften soles and arnica gel to reduce swelling.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels and aids speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets). Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($38.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry and smuggle 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium ($27.99 for 180 capsules) sustainably harvested from the Okinawa sea to provide a healthy two-to-one ratio of calcium and magnesium.
Clients at Southern Rays take control of their skin shades by using customizable UV- and sunless-tanning systems. During a spray-tanning session, patrons sashay into the Mystic Tan HD booth. Nozzles then spritz bodies in an even cloak of UV-free tanning solution, which contains green-tea extract, açaí, and the sun's jealous tears. Pelts can receive their painting at varying intensities depending upon individual preferences, and bodies emerge from the private bronzing chambers within a matter of minutes.
Seven days a week, the partner laundromats hum with the whirring of high-efficiency washers and dryers. Boasting more than 30 years of business, the Chevy Chase location fields a skilled staff that erases blights from duds with 46 single, double, and triple-load washers and 28 dryers, and enables patrons to convert bills into coins with convenient onsite change machines. The laundromat purveys soap, bleach, and fabric softeners. The staff augments this shopping-while-washing experience by entertaining waiting guests with video games, complimentary WiFi, and—remarkably—a standup tanning bed, inside of which, naturally, is a comedian. Alternatively, the Suds 'N Duds location boasts advanced credit-card-operated machinery that washes loads of up to 90 pounds at a time in as little as 40 minutes and treats freshly bathed garments to a complimentary dry. The laundromats also grant customers a free dry with every wash and offer reward points, which—when saved up—can be exchanged for money to use on washing machines and drying machines.
In addition to self-service laundry, both locations offer same-day drop-off services. Their professional staff sorts, washes, and dries clothing using premium detergent and softeners before folding them into neat piles or intricate seersucker airplanes.