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.
Nutritionist and exercise physiologist Michelle champions healthy eating and weight loss under the name Nutrish Mish. Rather than eliminating her clients' favorite dishes from their diets, she adapts them into individually tailored meal plans, turning relationships with foods into positive friendships with predinner hugs. In addition to regularly scheduled visits—which also include diet and body-composition analysis—she offers supportive virtual concierge services through phone, text, and email.
For Tim Griffin, flying has always been a way of life. He's the third in a line of pilots within his family that, together, has more than 75 years of experience in the air. But Tim also realizes that being airborne doesn't feel natural to everyone, and that's why he founded FlyHome, LLC. Here he and fellow pilots work to ease flying phobias. To that end, pilots discuss the intricacies of flight with their clients during fear-of-flying classes, explaining how they avoid turbulence in the air, what they did to met their professional requirements, and how they subsist for hours on a single bag of salted peanuts. Sometimes they even take clients on tours of aircraft and air traffic control centers.
In the late 1970s career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their goal was to take an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student's set of needs. Their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills quickly spawned franchises across New York and New Jersey.
Today, the certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child's skills, academic needs, and potential for growth. The teachers even note the student's behavior in different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child's learning style. Teachers also adhere to the company's code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality and encourages pupils to improve their grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.
Today's smartphones may be technological marvels, but they're still susceptible to gravity. Fortunately, when they drop and break, the technicians at Phone Fix It can repair them. The staff conducts screen repair, as well as a service not even AAA will assist with: phone unlocking. Even better, the team fixes up gadgets from a wide array of brands, including Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry.