A "100% Thrilled" guarantee accompanies every photo that Anthony S. Torres takes. At MIT, he studied engineering, but over time he shifted to art and architecture. As a web designer wielding a brush dipped in pixels, his creative side poured through, and eventually he narrowed his focus to photography. Today, Anthony's specialties are in family and children's portraiture, but his portfolio also includes genres such as corporate, event, and boudoir photography. A strong background in design means Anthony can assist in companies' branding efforts, and having a child of his own means Anthony recognizes the importance of uniquely personal, candid family pics. He achieves these snapshots of treasured moments by getting to know each member of the family and walking through their home before the session begins, helping him capture their unique personalities in every shot he takes.
Ma'Keba K. Spicer is doing what she loves. By leading pole-dancing classes, the owner of Vertical Venus Pole Fitness has combined her penchant for nonconformist self-expression with a liberating and alluring fitness form. In her recently opened, lounge-like studio, Spicer teaches spins, shimmies, and twirls around the pole to the beats of radio hits. Her sessions include both choreographed and freestyle moves, inspiring creativity and confidence in her students while simultaneously encouraging them to express themselves or their fireman persona as they slide down the pole.
After entering The Wax Den, body hair has no chance of making it out alive. Whether tackling women?s or men?s fuzzy areas, Jae and the salon's team of cosmetologists boast a total of 18 years of experience in removing hair from body areas including men?s backs, women?s legs, and everywhere in between. Lauded by Morris and Essex Health & Life, their waxing pros use a beeswax-based hard wax for particularly sensitive areas, which makes for Brazilian treatments that are both comfortable and precise.
Jes A. Gichan has been in the beauty industry for more than 15 years and has worked with high-end hair names such as Aveda and Sebastian International. Now Jes trims and layers tresses into dynamic styles as the owner of JAG Salon. While waiting on their highlights to set, clients can question Jes about her many signature services such as hair-thinning therapy, deep-conditioning treatments, and rigging bike baskets to handlebar mustaches.
The dedicated instructors at Afro Brazilian Cultural Center of New Jersey see capoeira as more than a blend of dance and martial arts—they see it as a way of life. They train children and adults of all ages in capoeira's graceful movements through classes, therapy sessions, and afterschool programs, many of the instructors drawing from extensive training in Brazil and an understanding of Brazilian folklore and culture. But their instruction doesn’t end at capoeira—many of the Cultural Center's coaches specialize in disciplines including yoga, Zumba, salsa, and West African dance. Though many of the instructors were born and raised in New Jersey, others hail from places such as Guinea and Senegal and infuse their culture into their teaching style. The instructors hold classes at least once a week and more frequently for students preparing to dance-battle chaperones for control of the prom.
None of the food at El Matador Mexican Deli comes from a can. Where it does come from is Puebla, Mexico—hometown of the chef, who has spent more than 50 years perfecting her family recipes. She uses the same methods of preparing meals today that she did when she first started cooking at age 12: making tortillas by hand, stuffing tamales with mole-covered chicken, and smothering chilaquiles in red or green sauce, depending on which color your eyes are. When it comes to sandwiches, guests can choose between classic tortas or the overstuffed cemita (a Puebla staple). The BYOB restaurant also serves beef, pork, and chicken taquitos for just 99 cents.