The kinetic clash of zipping projectiles resonates throughout Baseball Plus’s expansive indoor facility, where baseball players and golfers alike can groom their game in multiple batting cages and state-of-the-art Full Swing golf simulators. The studio’s mechanical hurlers paint the plate with pitches dialed to one of seven total speeds—topping out at 80 mph and hitting the low-end with high-arcing, slow-pitch softball—for players to swat with their trusty bat or swimming noodle. Up to four linksmen can loop the realistic-looking courses contained in each golf simulator, which precisely replicates the emerald corridors of 50 worldwide courses. Players can spend their two-hour session playing competitive rounds of golf or in training modules that foster games of longest drive, closest to the pin, and greatest postswing pirouette.
Drawing on the rock-appraising skills of an on-site diamond expert, Vincenté Jewelers constructs custom-made jewelry, bracelets, and watches, setting each diamond within the store’s work area. The faceted jewels, imported from Israel via solid-gold catapult, make up most of the baubles in Vincenté Jewelers’ specialty engagement and wedding rings selection. Fancify the lobiest parts of the ears with a set of colored-stone earring studs ($60–$80) or a gold hoop earring ($100), which fingers can also use to hula back into shape for swimsuit season. Otherwise, encircle beloved noggin pedestals with a silver designer piece necklace ($100) or provoke the seething envy of collarbones with diamond-decorated birthstone pendants ($200).
Avenue Sound specializes in electronic systems for the home and car. With 24 years of experience and three Long Island locations, the electronic dealers sell and install products from manufacturers such as Kenwood, Alpine, and JVC. Technicians here can upgrade a vehicle's sound with new speakers, subwoofers, decks, and satellite radios, or install DVD players and cameras. Additional automotive upgrades include remote starters, car alarms, and window tints. With the same stock of name-brand electronics and the same mechanical prowess, the technicians here also service homes with theater-and-entertainment systems.
Amid its 25,000 square feet of climate-controlled indoor turf, Long Island Sports Complex treats up to 15 birthday celebrants to one hour of motion-based merriment, followed by a half-hour of pizza, cake, drinks, and party goods. The facility takes care of all the food, decorations and invitations, so parents can spend more time knitting the perfect birthday gift or reanimating it during an electrical storm. Sports-party revelers get to release excess energy with their choice of soccer, baseball, softball, football, or lacrosse without the outdoor inconveniences of grass stains or slingshotted acorns from territorial squirrels. Two to four sport-savvy supervisors will be on hand to make sure that everyone has a safe time.
Its very name indicates the chief aim of Living Natural: to inspire customers to drop poor diets and take up healthier habits. The store houses a treasure trove of nutrition and health goodies that ease the transition to the latter. Its roster of natural, organic products covers nearly every aspect of daily life, from amino acid supplements and nourishing herbal capsules to groceries and cosmetics. There’s even a juice bar that doles out tasty health shakes for quick bursts of nourishment.
Through its brick-and-mortar showroom on Main Street in Freeport, or its extensive online emporium, NY Furniture Direct fills homes with beautiful, sturdy furnishings in a wide range of styles. Shoppers decorate living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens with stately leather sofas from Ashley Furniture, cozy beds and dressers from Coaster, or clean, ultramodern dining-room sets from Zuo.