There is rarely a free moment during the bustling workdays of the chefs at Pompei Little Market. As soon as they enter their shop and slip into aprons, they begin slicing up meats, cheeses, and vegetables for their selection of made-to-order paninis, sandwiches, and wraps. They also whip up chunky tuna, chicken, and egg salads before darting over to stoves to stir pots of seasonal homemade soups. Once the lunch rush has ended, they turn their attention to catering orders, arranging platters of cold cuts, assorted paninis, and pastries. The chefs also pack large trays with freshly made Italian specialties, from meaty lasagna to savory mussels marinara.
Amid all this bustle, the market's staff also designs custom gift baskets to match a variety of occasions, such as baskets of fine champagne and chocolates to celebrate weddings or gourmet hard candies to support a friend's New Year's resolution to stop chewing. While customers await their orders of freshly made deli sandwiches, catered meals, or specialty baskets, they can also peruse the shop's selection of fine wines and liquors.
A silk shirt huddles at the back of a closet, afraid to show its wine-stained face. An overcoat sits alone on a rack, marked by the shame of once being used as a napkin. At Prospect Cleaners, these and other blemished clothes are given the confidence to step out into the light, as skilled technicians expel offending splotches with sustainable practices and advanced dry-cleaning technology. Their EPA-approved organic cleaning methods gently cleanse fabrics, prevent fading, and avoid toxic chemicals linked to cancer, nervous-system ailments, and mutant sweaters with heat vision. Prospect’s other services include wedding-gown preservation, alterations, and boxed laundry service for traveling customers who need their clothes washed, pressed, and gift-wrapped. They also offer free pickup-and-delivery service to homes, dorms, and offices in the Bergen County area.
Signature Service: Real-estate licensing course
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 4+ hours
Francisco Gomes began his professional life as a preacher, but found his path soon leading him to the world of real estate. It was his love of talking to people that got him there, and his love of talking to people that lead him to success. Ultimately he became the director of ABS School of Real Estate & Insurance, where he and his staff help guide people down that same real-estate path. Through courses and books, the pros prep students to earn a real estate-license or a home-inspector's certification so they can charge people every time they say, "Nice house."
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.
At Bright Light Studios, photographer Sameh draws on more than a decade of experience in the industry to helm a creative team dedicated to capturing professional photographs and recording momentous occasions on video. The artistic photographers aim their lenses at subjects of all ages and dispositions, from graduating seniors and smitten couples to cats looking to start viral Internet memes. They also snap images at landmark events, blending into the background at bar mitzvahs or crouching behind tiered cakes at weddings so as not to interfere with candid moments. Back in the studio, a team of graphic designers helps businesses get off their feet, designing company logos and layouts for brochures and marketing campaigns.
Ball pits and roller coasters one day, music and dancing the next day, and picture time with Sponge Man another day. With the themed play dates at Kids Rule, kids experience something new each day. The entertainment center also beckons parties with its 30 snow machines, 30 bubble machines, and confetti cannons, as well as a music-responsive LED dance floor. Younger kids can ride roller coasters and trains, and older kids can slip into large inflated spheres for a game of human bumper balls, build a stuffed animal, or turn friends into abstract art with a paintball battle.