For more than 10 years, Kyle Bowen has sharpened his aerobatic maneuvers by springing from trampolines and learning at the feet of world trampoline champion, Tatiana Kovaleva. He ultimately finished seventh in the 2008 team trials for the Summer Games, and decided it was time to challenge himself in a whole new way. He teamed up with Tatiana to open Elite Trampoline Academy, and today they help others become elite-level trampoliners through intensive classes for ages 3 and older, including Steven Gluckstein, a member of the 2012 Summer Games. During 45- to 60-minute classes, they teach their students aerial skills such as tumbling and how to high-five seagulls. Additionally, the coaches incorporate strength, conditioning, and flexibility exercises to build the fitness required to pull off trampoline feats. They also open their space in a noncompetitive capacity for birthdays filled with supervised jump time and pizza.
Along one wall of A Time To Kiln's studio, row upon row of blank ceramic bisques await aspiring artists. Forms range in size, shape, and functionality—from dinner plates to figurines—but all are open to the interpretation of the painter. After selecting a piece, visitors head to the lineup of colorful glazes and paints to pick a color scheme or overenthusiastically smell each one before taking a seat at one of the tables and setting out to create a masterpiece. In addition to paint-your-own pottery, the studio also offers glass fusing, as well as mosaic projects to create two-dimensional art.
Bath Junkie offers a full range of bath products that are custom-blended, with more than 200 scents to mix and match, and fifteen tints. Most products are made from all natural ingredients, while some contain FDA approved, anti-microbial and other skin-soothing, synthetically derived elements. "Aloe-lu-yah" lotion ($11.75 for 4 ounces, $22 for 8 ounces) is designed to sooth sunburns, and "silky allover" hair and body shampoo ($11.75 for 4 oz., $22 for 8 oz.) contains moisturizing glycerin and doses of vitamins A and E to nourish follicles, and "that darn dog" shampoo ($19) and conditioner cleans critters. Scent-conscious men can customize their own shave gel ($11.75 for 4 oz., $22 for 8 oz.), and clean freaks can customize the scent of "clean freak," an antibacterial, biodegradable all-purpose cleaner ($15).
Taking the first bite of a cake from Ella’s Sweet Treats can be bittersweet, since it means destroying a work of art. The multitiered creations don seamless coats of fondant that command attention with majestic accents such as feathers, tiaras, or a message scrawled in icing that reads, “Hey, you. Look at this handsome cake.” The elegant designs invite forks to plunge into cores of chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, or strawberry cake in search of one of the nine available fillings, including cannoli cream or fresh strawberries and bananas. Presentation even matters for Ella’s cupcakes, which arrive with eye-catching swirls of buttercream frosting. The shop’s confectioners also shower their chocolate-covered apples with a hodgepodge of additional toppings, such as marshmallows, nuts, and sprinkles.
Armed with micro-fiber cloths and professional products, Maid for NY keeps homes clean. Technicians harness powerful cleaning supplies that obliterate filth quickly while leaving a fresh scent. Teams dust, vacuum, and sweep apartments and homes, while also tackling domestic tasks such as party set-up, moving and unpacking, or grocery shopping.