The more than a dozen brick-and-mortar locations that make up Ultimate Champions Taekwondo Association share not only a style of combat, but a teaching philosophy as well. Tracing the lineage of their combative art back to Grandmaster Sang K. Oh, the instructors adhere to his teachings, exemplified by the quote, "The person who can defeat others with flashy techniques but is without love toward his fellow man will in the end defeat himself." Students use the physical empowerment of mastering jumps, kicks, and weapons to arm themselves with discipline, confidence, concentration, self-respect, and courtesy for others.
Outside of the classroom, the organization reaches out to the tri-state community with ample demonstrations of some of their most exciting techniques. Practitioners soar skyward in flying kicks or fill the air with the whirring blows of nunchakus, bos, and kamas. Fists slam through boards, balloons, and bricks to demonstrate the striking power of tae kwon do and the structural flaws in the Three Little Pigs' panic room.
In the service industry, customers are purchasing time, and 5 Star Cleaning’s sanitary experts respect that investment with prompt, dependable service as they travel across New York City and Long Island 24 hours a day. They guarantee completion of each job in four hours or less by sending out crews of one to four techs, depending on the size of the area being cleaned and whether a home’s dust bunnies have attained sentience. Clients witness efficiency in action as team members go to work sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, mopping, organizing, and sanitizing from entry to exit. The technicians' three-step process for surface cleaning begins with a hot-water removal of dust and dirt, followed by surface sanitization and a final application of deodorizer or polish. In addition to homes and offices, 5 Star can lend its services to declutter basements, attics, garages, and sheds filled with junk and depreciated vials of Elvis sweat.
For more than 20 years, the friendly nail experts at Nails by Lois's tranquil spa have kept paws well groomed with custom nail services. A selection of 10 spa mani-pedis, named for delicious treats including margaritas and chocolate truffles, infuses the air with indulgent aromas and the skin with nourishing treatments such as heel-smoothing sea serums. Refreshed nails can then be crowned with a protective coat of UV gel or acrylic tips, which are much more realistic than tips made from tasty Bugles. Additionally, the nail salon's menu offers a range of aesthetic services that includes four styles of massage modalities, facials, full-body waxing, and application of permanent makeup.
Built to replicate the Suzuka Circuit in Japan, the 1,264-meter track at Musselman Honda Circuit challenges roadsters of all sorts to master its 13 turns. Whether drivers jump behind the wheel of a 9-horsepower P1 fast kart or behind the wicker picnic basket attached to the front of a motorcycle, the dirt track cushions tires during competitive pursuits and practice sessions alike. The multifaceted track accommodates a wide range of driving pursuits throughout the week, including driving education classes, cycling, and handicapped-accessible adaptive karting.
Copiague Auto Wash takes care of cars from bumper to bumper. Each automated wash includes a run through the air-hose drying system, which blasts offending water drops and leaves the car as dry as the Sandman’s mouth. After a spin through the mechanized wash, drivers can turn their roadsters over to the shop’s detailers for some waxing, shampooing, or interior wiping.
Cornucopia's Noshery, selected as Newsday's Best Pancakes in Long Island, pelts most of the food pyramid at brunch-goers. With a menu that rotates in tandem with the axis of the Earth, Cornucopia turns out inspired spins on daytime meals. Yolk-swimmers can dive into a pool of three-egg omelettes ($8), such as the Corny Big Boy, an exceptionally large lad dressed snappily in sausage, bacon, and ham. The special pancakes, topped with granola and yogurt or a choice of fruit ($7.50), have been known to sidle up to the toast ($1.50), cheesy hominy, or Irish oatmeal ($3.50 each). Get your own goat with the veggie goat sandwich, grilled veggies, herb goat cheese, mixed greens, and roasted onions living under a focaccia bread bridge ($7.50). An open, sunny eatery that blossomed from the stems of an old flower shop, Cornucopia's supports local farms, organic and fair-trade coffees and teas, and spurring endorphin release with a cascade of comestibles.