While a person might wear clothes ranging from basic tees and pants to slinky cocktail dresses, they can't lump everything together when it comes time to do laundry. That’s why the technicians at Fabricare Cleaners offer laundering services in addition to their three styles of dry cleaning: one for basic items, one for fragile items needing special care, and one using biodegradable, eco-friendly detergents. They have a reciprocal relationship with the Fashion Institute of Technology, in which they teach the school how to service garments and the school teaches them how to understand construction. This training enables them to immediately recognize stains and fabric type, allowing them to accurately protect and clean clothes by using fabric-friendly chemicals and buttons previously worn by secret-service agents.
After more than 30 years in the business, the owners recently upgraded the facilities to incorporate green technology and use less energy during their processes. In their upgraded facility, the staff can efficiently clean clothes, furs, house decor, and shoes, which can be dropped off in one of the 24-hour kiosks and are returned with the shop’s free delivery service. They also provide reusable garment bags, helping cut down on plastic waste and large cat nests found in the closet corner.
The Edge's Revolution program is an eight-week body-change contest that fuses nutritional guidance, personal training, and weekly group exercise sessions. Trainers document your metamorphosis with before-and-after measurements and photos, and by meticulously chiseling fitness goals into stone. Start sculpting with one personal-training and Pilates session, then sweat in weekly group workouts that prevent plateaus by pushing boundaries like a gerrymandering student council president. An included nutrition guide with DVD joins body sculptors on fitness sojourns with eating tips to supplement gym work. Revolutionaries also get access to a community that spans from the gym to an online group, providing a resource for advice, support, and camaraderie.
A four-time Emmy nominee and 2008 winner for his children's show The Adventures of Young Thomas Edison, Randy Rossilli, Jr. knows how many components go into making a quality TV show or film. The three studios at his 11,000-square-foot Nightstand Studios come outfitted with all the necessary tools for a stress-free shoot, including private makeup stations, control rooms, and, at Studio C, a green screen. Randy's facility also caters to musicians with a recording studio equipped with ProTools, two isolation booths, and a wide range of quality microphones.
Wings Over Water prides itself on its Swimplicity curriculum, which emphasizes safety and comfort in the water to students. During four half-hour lessons ($26 per lesson) conducted in small class sizes, teachers will impart knowledge to fledgling fin-flappers in areas such as breathing, floating, basic propulsion, and safety jumps. And unlike the dolphins that sometimes teach renegade swimming classes in back-alley puddles, the instructors at Wings Over Waters have completed at least 40 hours of in-depth training, including certification in CPR and first aid. As Wings Over Water is a members-only facility, a one-year membership (a $50 value) is also included in this deal.
Equipment: Barre classes using the Ballet Bar, TRX, Ropes, Balls, Light Wghts
Students should bring: wear socks
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Free street parking
The owner of She3 Barre Well-Fitness Boutique, Benay Rubin, originally trained in the Lotte Berk Method—the original barre fitness regimen—and she's perfected her technique over the last 20 years. However, she also earned certifications in yoga and Pilates, and has combined the three fitness styles into her own signature barre workout, which is designed to help primarily women tone their bodies.
She and her team teach the body-sculpting sequence to patrons of all ages and abilities, focusing on "finding 'quiver' ... when the muscle is strengthening and lengthening," according to Rubin. Their regimens also incorporate TRX resistance training and jump roping, as well as wellness activities, such as detox programs, to help patrons lead overall healthier lifestyles. They teach traditional Chinese qi gong, for example, which soothes physiques with a blend of meditation, self-massage, and relaxed breathing to help clients reach states of bliss and peacefulness normally only achieved while lying in a meadow as woodland creatures brush your hair.
Furthering their mission to forge connections between the mind, body, and ocean, lifelong surfers Chris Cotter and Lindsay Conner lead students on watery explorations during private surfing and standup-paddleboard (SUP) lessons. Each 60-minute session can be tailored to individuals or groups of any experience level; students can also pick up extra practice by snagging board and paddle rentals by the hour, day, week, or lunar month. Back at the shop, a pair of colorful surfboards frames an entrance that opens into a show room that features surfboards, paddleboards, and skateboards with apparel and accessories that are equal parts funky and functional.