Winner of more than 100 mixed-martial-arts competitions, Tiger Schulmann shares his pride and love for fighting and self-defense with both adults and children in gyms across five states. From first-time grapplers to expert muay thai fighters, students of all fitness and experience levels are welcome to dive into a class at Schulmann’s. At more than 47 locations, adults can take classes in kickboxing, MMA, and jujitsu—the last of which instills students with the skill and confidence to take down opponents of any size, strength, or telekinetic ability. Kids, meanwhile, can learn martial arts for fun, or gain useful experience in bully prevention; the kids’ classes help victims immediately identify and safely diffuse situations when pitted against an aggressor.
NatureScapes supplies customers with greenery, flowers, and ornamental accents for any horticultural endeavor, with an emphasis on outdoor container gardens. Cloaked in white shingles and skirted in natural wooden planters, NatureScapes’ shop invites aspiring plantologists to explore their vast and varied options. Blooms abound for those wishing to choreograph a riotous dance of color in homes or yards, ranging from florist-quality orchids that can flourish for up to six months ($29+) to outdoor plants including organic herbs, vegetables, decorative hanging baskets, and select trees and shrubs ($4.99+). With improved control over soil conditions and pests, container garden plants ($4.99+) give brown thumbs a second or third chance to apologize to nature and earn valuable dirt cred. Those who have already defected to the rewarding yet growth-stilted world of outdoor pottery and garden ornaments ($59+) will find plenty of potential replacements for a wandering garden yeti, and urban dwellers delight in the selection of indoor plants and pottery ($15+), any of which can be potted on-site by the nature-nurturing staff.
The award-winning dough punchers at Loaf flaunt a menu of sweet and savory items, all made from scratch on the premises. The shop's panoply of salads includes the thai beef ($9) and the seared-tuna avocado ($9), constructed with avocado, asparagus, lemon vinaigrette, and spicy mayo. Loaf also brandishes classic sandwiches such as the BLT ($8) and original inventions such as the smoked-tofu sandwich, festooned with mushroom and peppery arugula ($8). Fresh baked goods range from the monkey loaf ($7), which garnered a mention in the New York Times, to fresh focaccia ($5), ciabatta ($7), and cinnamon-raisin bread ($7.50). The experts behind the counter match dinners with a slice of cake, such as coconut ($5.25), lemon poppyseed ($6), or red velvet ($5.25). Guests can also complete the transition from an innie to an outie with belly-button-bursting fresh muffins, crumb cakes, and cinnamon buns ($3.25–$4.50), which pair well with homemade ginger iced tea, pomegranate iced tea, and watermelon lemonade.
Bedford Gourmet’s sumptuous prepared foods and deluxe groceries fill stomachs with fine ingredients in the form of gourmet cheeses, snack delicacies, coffees, teas, prepared meals, and more. The delicacy depot prides itself on its selection of more than 100 cheeses, including the award-winning Rainbeau Ridge variety, which is produced in Bedford Hills (starting at $16.95 per lb.).
The friendly staff at Framings has dedicated more than 20 years to fortifying photos in custom, museum-quality frames, and bedecking blank walls with mirrors, bulletin boards, and more. Diplomas, memorabilia, and restraining orders can stand the test of time when encased in a frame built out of a choice of sophisticated moulds from more than 40 designers. Ensconce artwork in a wide selection of small (around $177), medium (around $259), and large (around $694) frames that elevate juvenile scribbles to postmodern triumphs. The shop's talented framers can also construct archival frames to preserved delicate pictures using acid-free mats and lignin-free paper, or frame irregularly shaped keepsakes such as baby's first set of car keys.