Vijay Ingam, founder of the SOS Career Service, knows what it takes to impress a hiring manager—he used to be one himself. He also knows what disappoints them, as many applicants lacked the professional skills to land the job. Writer of The Definitive Guide to Ace Your Interview and Get the Job (and brother of Mindy Kaling from The Office and The Mindy Project), Ingam began tutoring hopeful employees in interviewing skills and how to craft attractive résumés, eventually opening the SOS Career Service. Now, his professional domain covers all aspects of the job hunt, including finding applicable skills and transforming résumés into vibrant documents. SOS also offers one-on-one coaching on how to make an impression, teaching job-applicants to overcome their nerves, and answering such tough questions as "just what are you doing in my storage closet, anyway?"
While working as a hiring manager, Vijay Ingam found himself disappointed with the lackluster interviewing skills of many job applicants—even those from top business schools. So he decided to do something to help: he launched Interview SOS, a company dedicated to helping job seekers succeed at every step of the application process. Drawing on years of firsthand hiring experience and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, he leads a team of skilled résumé writers and career specialists in boosting each client's professional desirability. Overcoming anxiety, dressing appropriately, and addressing weaknesses are a few focal points.
With more than 25 years of experience, Box Brothers offers a panoply of packing supplies and accouterments along with brand-name and custom shipping services. Box Brothers stocks more than 100 different sizes of boxes, including standard 1.5-cubic-foot book- or record-carton boxes ($1.49 each, $1.29 each in a bundle of 25) and sweater-sheltering wardrobe boxes ($12.99, $11.99 each in a bundle of five). Box Brothers’ cardboard cowboys will help find the right receptacle for hand-woven wares, and they can also make or cut custom-size boxes for oddly shaped items such as spare harpoons and handcrafted kitchen sinks.
When he’s not designing floral art for the Oscars, Grammys, or Emmys, Kevin Lee uses his petal-placing prowess to create weekly, semimonthly, or monthly arrangements for homes and offices. Kevin and the Simply Petals team source flowers and greens directly from growers before crafting customized arrangements by hand. Finished arrangements are then delivered to locations within the shop’s designated delivery areas, which all share the planet address of Earth. In addition, Kevin makes custom bouquets for events such as weddings and bar mitzvahs.
Green Lux Cleaners minimizes the separation anxiety of pea coats and comforters by returning anything dropped off by 10 a.m. at the end of the day. In the interim, the shop purges dirt with eco-friendly methods, arming guests with another item in the effort to shrink their carbon footprint, besides recycling old paper and using coffee grounds as eyeliner.
MNR Dance Factory—previously Molly & Roni's Dance Factory—has been providing a home for dancers for 20 years. The academy describes itself as a place "Where Dancers Grow Up," and helps budding young beginners and competitive dancers alike develop their skills in styles that include ballet, jazz, tap, and aerial arts in an airy, mirrored studio.
The classes are led by an experienced staff with a number of professional credits to their name—the studio's instructors have worked for the likes of Grey Goose, Chevrolet, and the movie Dreamgirls. And those teachers' work ethic and passion don't end when a shoot wraps and cameras transform back into pumpkins. Instead, when they pirouette into MNR Dance Factory, they enthusiastically redirect their energy toward the teaching of new artists.