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Diane Garetano's school—whose curriculum covers piano as well as other instruments—was an immediate success in the first year. She was renting space to accommodate her ever-expanding student body and the pianos that kept sprouting extra keys. Today, The Piano Studio for Kids imparts instrument skills at two locations. The school also has evolved in terms of technique, with instructors now incorporating even more methods built on fun, structure, and positive reinforcement. Once a year, students may elect to show off the fruits of these labors, with admission free of charge at a recital culminating in certificates, gift bags, and applause.

52 Broadway
Greenlawn,
NY
US

At each of its five locations, Vision Center helps clients achieve clear, focused fields of vision and an impeccable sense of personal style with eyewear from brands such as Ray-Ban, Versace, Prada, and Dior. Optometrists zero in on vision prescriptions or eye diseases with high-tech exam equipment, and friendly, knowledgeable opticians and in-house frame stylists craft looks that suit each client's one-of-a-kind eyes and face.

745 Pulaski Road
Greenlawn,
NY
US

Home-security monitoring services from 1-800-4-Alarms help protect homes 24 hours a day, whether families are home or not. A vigilant security team hurries to notify the police in case of robbery, or the fire department in case of fire or other hazards.

52 Broadway
Greenlawn,
NY
US

Licensed acupuncturist Denise Rusnak and licensed massage therapist Nancy Dionisiou fight physical ailments with natural treatments that target the roots of illness. Their combined expertise in Chinese and Native American herbology, shamanistic techniques, reiki, and Japanese acupuncture round out a holistic skill set that aims to address conditions ranging from depression to digestive issues without using drugs or invasive procedures. The Asian-themed environs soothe eyes with a blend of hues such as mauve and apricot. Sky-blue walls in the treatment room set nerves at ease, bringing back childhood memories of stealing periwinkle crayons from local policemen.

45A Broadway
Greenlawn,
NY
US

Decorating Den Interiors' paint consultation peps up blah rooms with splashes of new color. First, décor gurus chat with the client about how each room is used and whether the household includes pets, children, or sentient rutabagas. Then they sidle over in person to enrobe each room in a new palette. Subtle base tones and brighter accents transition gracefully into adjoining spaces, creating a sense of cohesion. Plus, each chamber's color cocktail will be blended with existing furniture fabric in mind so that couches won't feel left out. Today's Groupon should be enough to cover most three-bedroom homes or six-bedroom doghouses. Although not included in today's Groupon, Decorating Den can also tap into the stores of more than 150 suppliers to implement its plan of aesthetic attack.

500 Washington Dr
Centerport,
NY
US

Life coach John Hinrichsen first discovered the importance of personal motivation as an athlete. He has embarked on adventures ranging from high-altitude mountaineering to international backpacking. All of this accumulated experience helps him turn his motivational skills to others through his Image Cycling program, a themed indoor-cycling series. Held in the cool darkness of Centerport's Vanderbilt Planetarium, each group class guides students through a different cycling route set to inspirational music and vibrant panoramic imagery. John may coach groups during rides lit by images of the universe, hill climbs set to the sights and sounds of storms, or Bon Fire rides led by the invigorating smell of burnt marshmallows.

180 Little Neck Road
Centerport,
NY
US