If you own a TV, you might recognize Peter Kelly. He has appeared on Iron Chef America, where he bested Bobby Flay in a cowboy rib eye contest. He also cameoed on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations, where Bourdain and Billy Murray discuss the Hudson River Valley in between bites of Kelly's cowboy rib eye steak with Bernaise. His TV credits also include regular appearances on NBC and CBS?but perhaps most noteworthy of all, he's the James-Beard-nominated chef who helms Xaviars Restaurant Group?a conglomeration of eateries that dot upstate New York.
The self-taught chef started his empire almost 30 years ago with a single eatery: Xaviar's on Piermont, the only restaurant north of Manhattan to have received a four-star Extraordinary rating from the New York Times. Once that eatery catapulted him to stardom, he started opening new restaurants, and now owns a total of four, all home to his signature New American cuisine. Depending on the eatery, that could mean garam-masala-spiced duck breast, chicken breast stuffed with crisped brie, or fresh conchigliette pasta with spicy crab culled from local Tabasco sauce rivers. Though the dishes at each of his restaurants may be varied, each menu is approved by Kelly himself and shot through with local Valley ingredients.
At Hardball Training Center, seasoned coaches impart young players with the mental and physical fitness to excel in baseball and softball. A staff of trainers draw from extensive experience in sports at collegiate, minor-league, and major-league levels to guide pupils in proper pitching techniques, defensive strategies, hitting, and skill drills. A 16,000-square-foot, climate-controlled indoor space keeps practice running no matter the weather, and batting cages and pitching tunnels allow players to fine-tune their abilities.
Whether they're looking to build up to the precision power-hitting of a Ted Williams or the impressive mustache-growing of a Rollie Fingers, students can develop personalized training plans with coaches that cater to their specific strengths, skills, and goals. Softball and baseball teams and small groups hone fundamentals with pre-, mid-, and post-season regimens, while sessions in the gym condition athletes to perform at their peaks.
The focus at Tennis Club of Hastings is decidedly fixed on tennis, but that isn't to say the club lacks features that do their best to distract. Beyond the baselines of the club's six year-round Har-Tru courts, players can find such creature comforts as a locker room, a pro shop, a conference room, and even caf? dining. The club lounge, Forty North, takes advantage of what is probably the club's most valuable feature?the view of the Palisades afforded by its location directly on the bank of the Hudson River. The full-service restaurant and bar, welcomes diners outdoors with a 300-foot deck over the Hudson River and is equipped with an outdoor bar, comfortable seating, TV?s, and a full BBQ. Here singles and doubles can recount matches and debate the existence of a triple fault over drinks at high-top tables.
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.
After 30 years in the restaurant and hospitality industry, Steve Simons was ready for a change. So he enrolled in massage school, reasoning that he would still be able to help people through the power of healing.
Simons has since opened Gotcha Back Massage, a studio where he spends his days introducing clients new and old to the benefits of massage therapy. He's especially well-versed in aromatherapy and has a stock of more than 80 oils in soothing scents such as lavender.