In CrossFit Somers?s 2,000-square-foot facility, enthusiastic trainers push people through a constantly rotating regimen of exercises designed to turn them into well-balanced all-around fitness machines. Working through a roster of 10 core goals, including increased flexibility, speed, and cardio endurance, students carry out a variety of tasks such as the clean and jerk?lifting a barbell over their head in three moves?or the jerk, where they shout at the barbell that it will never find love. They also throw medicine balls up against the wall, pull against resistance on the TRX ropes, and jump atop plyometric boxes from a standstill.
Combining these functional movements and exercises with a diet of vegetables and lean meats helps exercisers lose weight and sculpt whole physiques. Instructors also customize the program, hosting sessions for kids as well as scholastic athletes looking to enhance their skills.
Liberty Tax Service's personal consultants—stationed in 4,000 offices across the United States and Canada—support clients with one-on-one tax preparation services and a money-back guarantee on the accuracy of their work. Before entering the company's corps of tax experts, each employee undergoes thorough training in federal and state tax code. Then, the tax preparers compile digital or paper filings of federal, state, and interplanetary taxes, ferreting out the maximum return and keeping minds at ease with year-round tax support. The company offers complimentary direct deposit for refunds, as well as gratuitous dives in Scrooge McDuck's money piles. Liberty Tax Service also organizes tax courses, both online and in person, that bring individuals up to speed on current tax practices.
Karen Doman, the personal chef behind the scenes at Dishin' It, lends her expert hands to clients’ kitchens for a variety of services. As a personal chef, she consults with clients and helps them plan customized menus based on dietary needs and personal preferences. She takes care of all the shopping and cooking, and leaves dishes prepared in clients’ freezers with full instructions for reheating. Karen also plans dinner parties, romantic meals, and private cooking classes, using her knowledge as a French Culinary Institute graduate to teach customers how to prepare mouth-watering dishes such as ratatouille, poached pears in caramel sauce, and halibut with shrimp and scallops served over risotto.
It's no secret that the Internet has changed the way engaged couples plan their weddings. Instead of scouring phone books and hitting the pavement, people can just type "wedding photographer" and "tuxedo rentals" into a search engine. But Wedding Steps evolves this strategy even further by providing a curated online directory of great local wedding professionals. Their convenient menu includes everything from accommodations to videographers. Wedding Steps also features a calendar of bridal expos, at which brides-to-be can meet with vendors in person or prove to friends that scientists are shrinking people into tiny cake toppers.
What began as a tailor shop more than a century ago evolved into Cleaning by Frederick’s, a chain of dry-cleaning outposts certified by the Department of Environmental Conservation for their environmentally conscious techniques. Cleaning by Frederick’s technicians employ decades of experience as they clean shirts, pants, and dresses, and gently remove stains embedded in delicate suedes, leathers, bridal gowns, and space suits. Most locations have a full-time tailor who can do alternations, and patrons can drop off their garments or arrange pickup and delivery service.
Whether snapping photos at an event or inside her studio, professional photographer Carmen Celentano takes cues from her subjects to ensure that they are comfortable while being photographed and looking their best in each retouched image. Although she praises black-and-white film for its unparalleled romantic appeal, Carmen also shoots in color to capture the hues of a bridesmaid’s dress or the best man’s traditional tie-dyed tuxedo. In addition to documenting special events, Carmen also teaches beginner photography lessons and snaps shots of models to help build their portfolios at in-studio shoots.