Since its founding in 1960, Thriftway Pharmacy has been a reliable part of every community it has joined. That's because the store keeps its doors open 365 days per year, meaning it never closes for holidays. As a result, customers have constant access to Thriftway's dependable pharmacists. They also can browse the store's shelves for holiday decorations, toys, greeting cards, cell phone accessories, and last-minute gifts in a pinch.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
At Staten Island School of Rock, aspiring rockers age 5 and older can learn the guitar, drums, bass, vocals, or piano in hands-on, 30-minute music lessons taught by experienced, professional musicians. While focusing on the songs students want to learn, instructors incorporate lessons on theory, technique, ear training, and shredding the guitar while simultaneously shredding cheese for tacos. School of Rock can assist students whether they want to play rock, jazz, or blues, and all instruments are supplied at the studio, saving students the trouble of hauling their grand piano on and off the bus.
The floral family working behind the scenes of Wild Orchid Flower prepares fresh arrangements made from delicate blossoms sourced from around the world. Roses, lilies, and lilacs arrive to the shop daily from premium flower growers before they’re assembled into beautiful bouquets for weddings, birthdays, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other special occasions. Delicate rose and tulip petals comprise soft arrangements for her, and arrangements for men include fruit baskets and decorative cacti, which dudes like almost as much as footballs wrapped in bacon.
Originally opened back in 1947, Novelli's Pork Store has been a city staple for far more than just pork for generations of families across Brooklyn and Staten Island. Each day, the butchers hand-cut meats to order, and around the holidays, they prepare special roasts to feed a crowd or one portly Santa. Chefs prepare a huge variety of catered meals ready to take home, while the deli doles out sandwiches piled with cold cuts and authentic Italian meats. The rest of the store's shelves are stocked with imported specialties, produce, cold drinks, and fresh-baked breads.