Housing Works provides advocacy, job training, healthcare and housing support for low-income and homeless people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works Thrift Shops and Buy the Bag help fund this effort by selling new and used donated goods. Shoppers can explore shelves upon shelves of donated items in search of a new designer shirt, a vintage necklace, or a set of hand-painted bowls.
Modani adds dramatic, modern flair to homes and offices with sleek, space-maximizing living room, dining room, office, and bedroom furnishings and accessories. With an emphasis on hidden storage, Modani's clean, luxurious designs draw the eye along graceful lines, making pads approachably impressive and understatedly welcoming. Give flowers a chic new hangout with the Double X metal vase ($110), or store blankets and other living-room necessities in the metallic, padded golden chest, which doubles as a safe room for Barbies ($140). Modani can also transform an abode with post-baroque flair with pillar-candle holders ($30–$35) or make a corner earn its keep with the Canelle side table ($150).
Macy’s Vision Express outfits eyes in alluring new specs inside five New York locations with on-site labs that can churn out single vision lenses in as fast as one hour and bifocal or progressive pairs within three to five days. Frames from D&G, Prada, Dior, and Fendi accent faces with on-trend designs wrought from wire and plastic with crowned crystal and enamel accents. Seasoned optometrists discern up-to-date prescriptions by scoping out eyes during routine exams, honing in on changes in vision and potential ocular-health problems.
A globetrotting photographer specializing in editorial, portrait, and fine-art photography, Marc Burgess harnesses the experience needed to capture all images and emotions. At the studio or on-location, he shoots everything from headshots to models such as Rebecca Epley of America’s Next Top Model. He also covers weddings and has snapped commercial images for publications such as Modern Living. Various packages include options such as wardrobe tips as well as professional hair and makeup. And to assist others on their paths to photographic prowess, he also leads workshops that focus on varying aspects of the craft.
With more than 100 showrooms and clearance centers across the country, Cort offers a cornucopia of repurposed furniture for living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. When merchandise arrives at Cort it is cleaned, reconditioned, and repaired if necessary before being labeled with a letter grade of A–D so prospective buyers can accurately determine each item's value and condition. Stylize sleeping quarters with an Accolade chest ($589.99) or schedule games of Jenga inside a Citrine living-room set ($439.99).
Though he doesn't wear an actual crown, Bruce Wiener has earned the title of Bed King thanks to his family's long-standing business and his in-depth knowledge of what makes a high-quality mattress. Still, he rules with a fair hand. At his store, he and his staff share the three things customers need to know when buying a mattress: how it feels, how it's built inside, and what their budget is. They advise customers to test out each mattress by lounging on it for 15 minutes, examining its comfort, support structure, and willingness to share bedtime stories. They also arm customers with know-how on the latest technologies, demystifying industry jargon by explaining, for example, that coil systems impart equal weight distribution over the surface of the bed.