Ken Benshish and Yi Qian both grew up loving music, but the process of learning to play it ranged from uninspiring to mind numbing. The two musicians started iSchool of Music & Art to provide a much different experience—a positive, supportive atmosphere that takes into account each student’s personality and goals. Students aged 3 and older who can’t tell a drumstick from a plectrum and don’t even know the street value of a quarter note can learn piano, drums, guitar, or voice skills from scratch, then test their newfound skills with multiple performance opportunities throughout the year. Instructors host private classes or group students into their own rock-band performance troupes, while intensive camps culminate in field trips to Lincoln Center and tour of a real recording studio.
The key to Zazzle.com?s success isn?t a 3,000-strong stock of T-shirts, phone cases, and accessories?it?s the fact that customers can express themselves on products before they're printed and shipped, generally within 24 hours. The website?s user-friendly design interface allows customers to affix their favorite pictures to messenger bags, scrawl personalized messages on coffee mugs, or insert their favorite movie character into family portraits. Zazzle.com also showcases designs from creative customers around the globe and big names such as Disney, Marvel, and The Who. Each product is made to order and bears a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Baby Chic NY gives local and visiting parents access to quality rental gear, such as Bugaboo and Bob Revolution strollers, car seats, and scooters, offer parents short-term modes of transportation while their regular strollers are in the shop for a transmission overhaul. The store also offers a concierge service, which provides necessities such as diapers, wipes, and bottles.
Strat-O-Matic games harness the power of real, official statistics and countless hours of research to simulate sports play in professional baseball, football, basketball, hockey, and college football. Strat-O-Matic applies unique ratings to each player, allowing at-home fans to analyze the data themselves and simulate seasons, compile all-star teams, or simulate past seasons with historical teams dating back decades and even centuries.
Honey’s sumptuous decor evokes its sweet namesake at every turn, from the glowing yellow light dripping lazily over exposed-brick walls to the warm wooden chairs from which patrons dip morsels in crocks of rich fondue. Batches of melty dip feed up to six people, who dip anything from garden veggies to grilled chicken into gooey cheese, or drag fresh fruit through the dark waters of a decadent chocolate fondue. The loungey restaurant also boasts a menu of Latin specialties including enchiladas, burritos, and fajitas full of grilled shrimp and lamb. And for a liquid jolt that’s easier to enjoy than drinking champagne from a plugged-in toaster, the eatery offers wines by the glass or bottle and a variety of signature martinis—many of which are infused with the eatery’s titular ingredient: honey.