Almost Famous Creative Arts Camp fills the curriculum of future art-history courses with skill-enhancing programs. Visionary youth, age 5–15, can choose between one week of the camp’s week-long runs (June 27, July 5, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, or August 8) and spend the day beefing up right-brain strength and award-acceptance speeches. Take the pain out of shower ballads by enrolling students in the vocal music program, or help restock Broadway by ushering dramatic offspring to the theater or dance programs. Brush brandishers will thrive in the visual-arts camp, and procrastinating paper writers can pen a lifetime’s worth of excuses in the creative-writing program.
BandA Exteriors, Inc. improves the curb appeal of homes and businesses with pressure-washing services. During appointments, their black, logo-emblazoned jeep pulls up to the address at the appointed time so that technicians can use a high-pressure stream to remove offending stains. Each visit can uproot coats of mildew on decks, oil stains on driveways and garage floors, and soil ground into sidewalks, to reveal sparkling surfaces below as well as etched-in marriage proposals hiding beneath blankets of grime.
Tuscany's chefs craft traditional Italian fare with zest, populating a menu with pasta, pizza, sandwiches, and chicken dishes. Patrons can catapult a hearty portion of baked ziti down gullets ($9.99), or savor the event by starting with a fried calamari appetizer ($8.99) and a complete recitation of My Dinner with Andre the Giant. Chicken entrees rest on a davenport of pasta and include parmesan, picatta, marsala, and francese varieties ($12.99 each). Pizza lovers have nine specialties pies to choose from, such as bacon white pizza ($14.99) and its arch nemesis, broccoli white pizza ($14.49). The eatery also boasts a hefty collection of 11 sammies good for lunch or dinner, including a meatball parm sub ($7.99) and the Cyclops ($13.99), which can serve up to four people wearing two horse costumes.
Emboldened by her training at High-Tech Institute, Sarah Elliott set out to ease her clients' tension and help them regain bodily harmony by opening her own studio in the Serenity Center. As guests recline on a microfiber blanket in a private, candlelit massage room, Sarah mends muscles with an array of soothing massage modalities, some of which incorporate essential oils and hot stones. During integrated-massage sessions, she combines Swedish relaxation techniques with trigger-point therapy, deep-tissue massage, and stretching to loosen muscles and subdue pain. As a prenatal-certified therapist, Sarah can also treat expectant mothers suffering from nausea, back pain, and stress through targeted kneading. Regular recipients of massage therapy often cite a host of benefits, such as better sleep, improved concentration, and the ability to finish friends’ sentences for them.
The chefs at CupPasta are so proud of their craft, they invite customers to watch their every move. Located in two different mall food courts, they prepare their fresh pastas from scratch everyday, right in front of their guests, mixing semolina flour and eggs and feeding the dough through special machines that produce seven varieties ranging from fusilli to rigatoni to flower-like fiorellini. But when it comes to putting the dishes together, the rest is up to you. First, pick your pasta and size (from piccolo to grande), then simply choose one of the kitchen's homemade sauces, such as the house specialty made with bacon, cream, and parmigiano cheese. The pasta is conveniently served in cups so customers can take it on-the-go or to a spot in the food court. Other options include pesto, classic bolognese, and a vodka sauce that can also be served straight up. Besides pasta, the shop also serves a number of fresh-pressed panini, served hot on ciabatta bread, plus a line-up of traditional Italian desserts like tiramisu and cannoli.
Freeze time and preserve images from your memory more accurately than you remember them with a portrait session with Misha Ashton, the talent behind Ashton Photography + Design. Today's Groupon gets you a one- to two-hour on-location photography session and a hi-res CD of your photos for $65, a $250 value. Ashton specializes in portraits, wedding photos, and fine-art photography, and shoots all fine-art photos on film, capturing the true beauty of the image with light, emulsion, and a skill that renders digital touch-ups obsolete. As a race of giants, Americans quickly outgrew the planet Earth and entered the moon race against the shorter Soviets. Unfortunately, once both countries had established their moon bases, the moon’s negligible gravitational pull gave the smaller, lighter cosmonauts an advantage, and the Americans were badly defeated in the First Moon War. For this reason, it is now illegal to talk about, think of, or photograph the moon.