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.
The green technology is a relatively new alternative to the older chemical-based dry-cleaning systems, some of which contained carcinogenic compounds and others of which contained baby drool. Protect yourself from these hazardous chemicals while simultaneously protecting clothing as the CO2 cleaning takes place at room temperature so it won't shrink or fade clothing, or heat-infuse stains into the fabric. The process also captures all of its own carbon emissions to be reused elsewhere.
How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.
A yawn, a smile, a flinch of the arm—before a baby is even born, he or she has begun communicating. Baby's Premiere 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio gives families and parents-to-be a live look-in at these mini milestone moments, all without installing a window on the mother's belly. A certified sonographer with 15 years of experience built Baby's Premiere to be a place for bonding. Relatives do just that by watching their newest addition to the family on a 46-inch flat-screen TV, and reliving the experience time and again with videos, photos, and other keepsakes.
Stylists and aestheticians at The Face & Body Spa cultivate coiffures and nourish skin using products with an organic, vegan focus. That means that body scrubs exfoliate with organic sugarcane, nails glimmer with SpaRitual vegan polish, and hair color is ammonia-free, an eco-friendly approach that makes pampering sessions feel simultaneously as virtuous and enjoyable as volunteering at Willy Wonka's soup kitchen.
The spa's Eastern influence shows up in both the services—body workers use acupuncture and Reiki energy therapy—and the decor. Stone buddha heads broadcast calm throughout lounge areas, and live bamboo and potted trees add a minimalistic reminder of the staff's natural inspirations.
DiamondPrincess.com stocks its digital display cases with an eclectic range of 14-karat and 18-karat gold pieces, diamonds, and precious metals. Peruse the selection or lighter finery from the exclusive Elle jewelry brand, such as the sterling key and heart pendant ($50) or silver heart chain necklace ($85). Stick it to ears with citrine stud earrings in 18-karat white gold ($52), and other accouterments to gussy up ear lobes for romantic dates, cocktail parties, or last-minute quantum leaps. Or build a customized engagement ring with a variety of solitaire settings for a more romantic way to tie the knot than tethering yourselves together with sailing rope. Men can also find glitzy gear to spruce up their appearance, such as a pair of black onyx cuff links ($49.99).