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After apprenticing with master framers in Yorkshire and London, Heba Elbanna opened Tresorie, where she designs custom frames that archive cherished memories and reflect her clients' unique tastes. Drawing on nine years of French matting experience, she carefully applies transparent watercolor washes and hand-inked lines around matted works of art. This technique, which first arose in the late 18th century, was nearly quelled by the Industrial Revolution, a time of great societal change when the rise of precise machinery made hands obsolete. Fortunately, 20th-century artists revived the French matting technique, and today Heba often incorporates the classic designs into the framing of modern art pieces as well as contemporary photographs.

When she isn't painting delicate lines, Heba and her staff source frames from Larsen-Juhl and Roma Moulding, which come in styles ranging from slim and minimalistic to wide and ornate. Staffers can protect photographs and prints with simple, clear glass as well as museum quality, UV-resistant glass that reduces glare from grouchy portraits. In addition to cutting single, double, and multi-windowed mats, Heba also displays three-dimensional pieces—such as antique pipes and fans—inside specially designed frames. Customers can view Heba's handiwork on her online gallery and peruse samples of her French matting.

1204 Washington St
Hoboken,
NJ
US

If the walls at Studio L Dance Co. could talk, they'd most likely talk about how jealous they are of the staff's dancing adventures. The toe-tapping pros have experience performing at the Super Bowl Half-Time Show, have toured with Shakira, and have danced on Broadway.

Now, assembled under one roof, the instructors draw from the lessons they've learned to lead a new generation of dancers in dance classes and summer camps. Youngsters with dreams of gracefully flitting over the boards learn the ropes in ballet, tap, or jazz sessions, while others who feel the yard hasn't yet been sufficiently stomped can sign up for hip hop classes. Courses for boys only let little fellas dance with likeminded compadres while learning physical self-awareness, flexibility, and creative thinking—attributes each of the dance classes strive to impart. Kids who want to seriously pursue a career in dancing or become the ballerina inside a music box can get a taste for it in the competitive dance team.

1125 Maxwell Lane
Hoboken,
NJ
US

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50 Harrison St
Hoboken,
NJ
US

Matt Caranante’s journey to becoming a dog trainer started, oddly enough, with bed bugs. While working as a handler for a bed-bug-sniffing beagle, he realized how powerful the relationship between dog and owner could be. He went on to rescue another dog, this time an abused beagle from a high-kill shelter, and the reward he felt from rehabilitating his pet made his next step clear: He enrolled in Animal Behavior College’s dog-training certificate program and founded Let's Play!

As a positive-reinforcement dog trainer, Matt brings out canines’ best behavior by mixing work with fun activities that help channel their energy. He offers private, in-home sessions to disengage pups from remote controls, as well as group classes to work on basic obedience and manners. Matt also works on behavioral modification to solve common issues such as separation anxiety, dog aggression, and excessive barking.

ON LOCATION
Hoboken,
NJ
US

After serving as a krav maga officer for a special-ops unit in the Israeli Defense Forces, Matan Gavish relocated to New York. Stateside, Gavish has shared his expertise in the pages of the Washington Post, on National Geographic and the Today Show, and provided input on NYPD Tactical Training Unit techniques. He has accomplished all this while running Krav Maga Academy, where he shares his expertise with others.

At the academy, Matan’s curriculum teaches students fully functional defensive kill including creative strike maneuvers, strategies to protect against chokes and grabs, and methods for neutralizing attackers. Matan's classes accommodate students of all skill levels; more experienced fighters ramp up their workouts during upper-level classes or sparring sessions.

720 Monroe St
Hoboken,
NJ
US

The party planners at Last Night Out LLC work to make the final moments of singledom for grooms- and brides-to-be truly special. They also aim to ease the stresses of bridal-party members in charge of running the show by devising custom bachelor and bachelorette party itineraries. Regardless of the party's location, the specialists take the grunt work out of making arrangements for hotels, clubs, and transportation, planning activities such as spa days and booze cruises anywhere in the country.

310 9th Street
Hoboken,
NJ
US