At The Cornerstone Bistro, Chef Benjamin Thorpe composes a different menu every week based on the fresh, seasonal ingredients made available by local farmers. Specializing in northern Italian and fusion American cuisine, he transforms Mother Nature’s organic offerings into rustic small plates, innovative entrees, and homemade desserts, such as pies and tarts aromatic enough to hang from a car's rearview mirror. A weekly chef's table slides Chef Thorpe’s edible handiwork further into the spotlight, inviting diners to gather for a lineup of specially prepared courses during meals outfitted with specific themes.
Right Now Heating & Air Conditioning’s technicians and installers arrive at homes to right heating and cooling wrongs in their unmistakable pink trucks and dressed in crisp white shirts adorned with the company logo. Each member of the team is licensed and bonded and shoulders at least three years of HVAC experience. To make sure domiciles are keeping temperate efficiently, the crew enlists the help of a host of cutting-edge tools, including a high-resolution infrared camera that scans furnaces and water heaters to accurately diagnose problems and flush out any camera-shy gremlins.
The company’s comfort advisers first consult with clients to figure out how to reduce their energy costs; then they draw on their engineering-analysis training to determine how many thermal units of energy per hour systems run through to cool or heat homes. The team attends to heating and cooling emergencies 24 hours a day and earns client trust with a fixed-level price guide, no hourly charges, and a one-year service guarantee read aloud by Morgan Freeman. Besides installing new HVAC systems, the techs also can outfit homes with new insulation, siding, and home-security systems.
Featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in 2011, Bouncin Bins sells and rents colorful inflatable bouncers of every ilk, from giant slides to obstacle courses. An online catalogue helps party planners select and rent a range of high-grade vinyl inflatables for their celebrations. In addition to themed bounce houses, it also offers dunk tanks, water slides, and interactive inflatable games, such as boxing rings, bungee runs, and oversized sumo suits for wrestling or forcing people to respect your personal space on the train.
Serenity Stables & Event Facility’s five acres of land are dotted with a regulation-size arena, covered stalls, and indoor facilities, creating a horse-riding haven for equine enthusiasts of all ages. Experienced, encouraging instructors lead riding lessons, which can be tailored to meet the needs of everyone from first-timers to professional cowboys hoping to learn the secret of galloping into the sunset without squinting. Teachers inform pupils about basic Western and English riding techniques, roping, queening, flags, and barrel racing. Serenity Stables also offers full boarding services and rents out their facilities for dances, musical events, birthdays, and interventions for oats-addicted unicorns.
Marcela Timson, the owner of and a photographer at Urban Gal Photography, channels the energy of each passing moment into snapshots that reflect life and movement. During on-location shoots, she captures the natural interplay of light and shadow, conveying the ripples of a light breeze as it ruffles a taffeta skirt, or the blowback of a jet engine as it swoops over a pinwheel factory. She snaps images of seniors, families, bridal parties, and expectant mothers, chronicling major milestones in her clients’ lives.
Gandolfo's slices up fresh meats daily and flings more than 70 different sandwiches out the window of a yellow cab in true NYC style. Carryout or dine-in on specialties such as the piping-hot Mama Leone ($5.69 for half order, $8.89 for whole order) and the meatlessly delicious Madison Square Garden ($4.49/$7.69), or punch your stamp-licker with a Knuckle sandwich ($8.89)—hot pastrami on sourdough with cheddar, mozzarella, parmesan, lettuce, tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, olives, mayo, and butter. See the menu for the exhaustive list of bread-bordered options.
Doggy Clips’ staff cleans and grooms dogs of all sizes and breeds. From haircuts to nail trimming, ear cleaning, and gland care, the grooming-school graduates gently and thoroughly bathe canines from the top to bottom. Dye jobs, nail polishing, and show patterns are also available.