Macy’s Vision Express outfits eyes in alluring new specs inside five New York locations with on-site labs that can churn out single vision lenses in as fast as one hour and bifocal or progressive pairs within three to five days. Frames from D&G, Prada, Dior, and Fendi accent faces with on-trend designs wrought from wire and plastic with crowned crystal and enamel accents. Seasoned optometrists discern up-to-date prescriptions by scoping out eyes during routine exams, honing in on changes in vision and potential ocular-health problems.
In its third generation of family ownership since opening 60 years ago, Fantasy Curtain and Linen Shop equips domiciles with home goods for nearly every room in the house. Glassware in sets of four ($14.99) fills out kitchen cabinets, giving guests a more convenient option than drinking out of their shoes. Beds get a quick makeover with a new duvet cover ($59.99), and matching sets of sheets ensure full linen coordination ($59.99). An accent rug ($29.99) punctuates rooms with a pop of color, protecting hardwood floors from damage by hard-heeled shoes or hungry pets that ate through their food bowls.
A globetrotting photographer specializing in editorial, portrait, and fine-art photography, Marc Burgess harnesses the experience needed to capture all images and emotions. At the studio or on-location, he shoots everything from headshots to models such as Rebecca Epley of America’s Next Top Model. He also covers weddings and has snapped commercial images for publications such as Modern Living. Various packages include options such as wardrobe tips as well as professional hair and makeup. And to assist others on their paths to photographic prowess, he also leads workshops that focus on varying aspects of the craft.
Housing Works provides advocacy, job training, healthcare and housing support for low-income and homeless people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works Thrift Shops and Buy the Bag help fund this effort by selling new and used donated goods. Shoppers can explore shelves upon shelves of donated items in search of a new designer shirt, a vintage necklace, or a set of hand-painted bowls.
Modani adds dramatic, modern flair to homes and offices with sleek, space-maximizing living room, dining room, office, and bedroom furnishings and accessories. With an emphasis on hidden storage, Modani's clean, luxurious designs draw the eye along graceful lines, making pads approachably impressive and understatedly welcoming. Give flowers a chic new hangout with the Double X metal vase ($110), or store blankets and other living-room necessities in the metallic, padded golden chest, which doubles as a safe room for Barbies ($140). Modani can also transform an abode with post-baroque flair with pillar-candle holders ($30–$35) or make a corner earn its keep with the Canelle side table ($150).
A two-floor American bistro with a European art-deco motif, Tête-à-Tête Café is, as its name suggests, an optimal spot for good conversation and delicious food. The former is most likely spurred on by exotic coffee drinks, teas, and the café's vibrant artwork. The conversation may come to a quick halt, though, as soon as steamed New Zealand mussels, flame-broiled burgers stuffed with bacon and cheese, and plates of lobster ravioli arrive at the table. But the discussions will certainly continue when it comes to dessert—if only to try to decide what to order. If signature mille crepes and napoleons don’t make the choice difficult enough, there are 11 mousse cakes to choose from, including a caramel bavarian-cream rendition that’s enrobed in Belgian chocolate, and a raspberry mousse wrapped with joconde. Tête-à-Tête Café’s second floor features an intimate bar and lounge that keeps the spirit of its name alive with signature martinis that are great for toasting, sipping, and bobbing for olives.