Though he's lent his talents to judge culinary events and collaborate on a book, The New American Chef, Spanish-born chef Mariano Aznar is at his best when he's in the kitchen. He draws from 30 years of culinary experience and skills honed at restaurants in France, Spain, and New York City to design modern menus, each based on his love for traditional Latin cooking. Aznar transforms old recipes into new ones, as evidenced by his small plates of Spanish cheese, chicken stew, and ceviche, as well as larger dishes such as seafood paella and chimichurri-seasoned skirt steak. Liquid Kitchen's dining room also reflects his colorful heritage: deep red lights cast their glow on exposed brick walls and dark wood accents, and blue ones illuminate a bar sided by rough-cut stone.
For more than six decades, Wise Hardware has equipped DIY-ers with everything they need for painting, plumbing, and electrical projects. In addition to hardware basics such as hand tools and nails, the store outfits shoppers with everything from farm and ranch equipment to EdenPure heaters. Wise Hardware’s fix-it crew takes over where customers’ skills leave off, cutting glass and Plexiglas to size, repairing vacuum cleaners or lamps, and installing closet systems for storing apocalypse-ready Twinkie caches.
The family-owned 1-800-Flowers Shoppe, a local subsidiary of 1-800-Flowers, crafts distinctive arrangements with fresh-cut buds placed within delicate keepsake vases. Arrangements run the aromatic and aesthetic gamut, including contemporary, traditional, and high-style arrangements ideal for anniversaries, holidays, or chain-gang reunion parties. The store also carries an extensive gift line, including gourmet and fruit baskets as well as silk arrangements and greeting cards.
With more than 100 showrooms and clearance centers across the country, Cort offers a cornucopia of repurposed furniture for living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. When merchandise arrives at Cort it is cleaned, reconditioned, and repaired if necessary before being labeled with a letter grade of A–D so prospective buyers can accurately determine each item's value and condition. Stylize sleeping quarters with an Accolade chest ($589.99) or schedule games of Jenga inside a Citrine living-room set ($439.99).
Dr. Oleg Lisitsyn, Dr. Diana Ilyasova, and their staff at Pelham Parkway Vision Center provide eyecare services ranging from contact-lens fittings and routine eye exams to diagnosing and treating eye conditions and diseases. Once exams ensure clients' prescriptions are up to date, they can peruse designer frames from brands such as Fendi, Burberry, and Prada.
Founded in 1974 by three "hippie glassblowers," Bullseye Glass Co produces internationally renowned glass materials in thousands of colors and finishes suitable for artistic endeavors of all kinds, such as mosaics and stained glass. Aside from being beautiful to look at, most of Bullseye's glasses are compatible for fusing and kilnforming—something that's especially important for glass artists to know. Bullseye also passes on the ancient art of glass shaping through artist-guided classes. Graduates of these kilnforming classes can return to craft additional treasures or explore the cyclical nature of art by turning a wineglass back into a sandbox.