Raymond A. Kolkmann founded Raymond Opticians in 1959, prior to the advent of advanced lens technology, and consequently perfected his ability to pair patients with their optimal prescriptions. He later passed this skill to his three sons, who, in turn, imparted the art of optometry to their own sons through careful instruction and basic osmosis. Today, Raymond Opticians' third generation of ocular outfitters benefits from not only the techniques and standards developed by Raymond Sr., but also from modern lens technology, such as Varilux lenses that help correct vision problems and Transitions, which darken when outside. After examining and diagnosing each patient's eye issues, the doctors help them select from a vast array of designer frames and sunglasses by Oakley, Prada, and Versace.
For the two years he lived in Alaska, Alan Pagano sold wild Alaskan salmon that he bought directly from fishing boats. This experience has led to a lifetime of cultivating relationships with top seafood suppliers, which he takes full advantage of at his fish market, Pagano's Seafood. From markets in New York, Massachusetts, and Florida, Alan and his team hand select each batch of wholesale seafood from around the world including red snapper from the Caribbean and naturally raised Scottish salmon. He also sells individual orders of jumbo shrimp, Pacific cod, and caviar. Each order is accompanied by complementary cooking instructions and, in the case of lobster, tips for cleaning, cooking, and cracking them, and then properly mourning their passing.
Kim’s Bagel Cafe indulges cravings throughout the day with a menu of fresh breakfast specialties and hearty sandwiches. Pop-culture-inspired items keep taste buds abreast of important trends, such as the Jersey Shore–inspired Mike the Situation sandwich, stuffed with hot sopressata, pepperoni and hot capicola. Toasted paninis, wraps, and rolls bear monikers that refer to local landmarks, such as the Ward Avenue chicken-salad sandwich and the West Main Street loaded with roast beef. After bidding adieu to the day and negotiating potential salary increases with the sun, dinnergoers can stock up on entrees such as mash and meatloaf or ziti and meatballs to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.
Bedford Gourmet’s sumptuous prepared foods and deluxe groceries fill stomachs with fine ingredients in the form of gourmet cheeses, snack delicacies, coffees, teas, prepared meals, and more. The delicacy depot prides itself on its selection of more than 100 cheeses, including the award-winning Rainbeau Ridge variety, which is produced in Bedford Hills (starting at $16.95 per lb.).
With a record of more than 10,000 corrective LASIK procedures performed in their nearly 30 year history, the optical specialists at Corneal Associates are highly experienced in helping patients see the world through a clearer pair of eyes. LASIK can cut down the need for spectacles or negate the necessity altogether by reshaping the cornea, permanently improving eyesight. Patients stay awake during the procedure, and a local anesthetic is applied to reduce any minor discomfort. Using advanced laser technology, physicians wrap up the safe and speedy procedure in about 30 minutes, or about the average primetime commercial break. Clinical studies unveil successful results in a majority of the clients, with 100% of post-op patients able to pass a driving test, 98% reporting that their vision had been restored to 20/20 or better, and .001% reporting a complete transformation into a majestic red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis).
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.