Members of the Resnick clan have managed the family business for a century, growing the original hardware store into a garden center and party-rental warehouse. Always emphasizing customer service, three generations of Resnicks have built up a loyal clientele, learning the names and spirit animals of shop regulars. The rental side of the company provides clients with memorable props such as popcorn machines, frozen drink makers, a tiki bar, kids games, and mic-equipped podiums amplify wedding toasts and stump speeches for the office of city comptroller. For weddings and formal events, Resnick's can deliver upscale décor and furnishings, including romantic archways, white linens, and fountains for champagne or punch.
Photojournalist and famed graffiti artist Flint Gennari of Fine Art Fotos creates candid images with the help of his intimate knowledge of Staten Island locales. During a consultation, clients discuss what they want to take from the shoot, which might be a family portrait for Christmas cards or blurry evidence to prove a great-uncle’s existence. Between the clean lines of a studio or immersed in a compelling environ, models light up as the flashbulb blazes and the shutter clicks. After the shoot, clients can peruse 60 digital images online and select one to immortalize in print form and tape to their heads to achieve eternal youth.
Laura Saba—life coach, parenting advocate, and director of Momdoulary Method—hopes to take the stress and fear out of the birthing process by training flocks of doulas to go forth and support new parents. Doulas are nurturing childbirth concierges, helpers who provide education and coaching from prenatal times until after the bun is out of the oven and cooling in the BabyBjörn. Besides providing emotion support to their clients, practitioners who have studied Laura's Momdoulary method are well-versed in practical measures such as the mechanics of childbirth, breastfeeding, and first aid.