Murder mysteries should be anything but silly. That’s the view espoused by Live In Theater Productions, the brainchild of prolific actor and playwright Carlo D'Amore. Eschewing the goofy tone of some other shows, Live In Theater plunges participants into cases that take their immersive details from unsolved, historical murders in New York. Showgoers make their way along the city streets where the real crimes once took place, interrogating actors playing roles ranging from 19th-century Irish slumlords to strung-out 1970s junkies. Each event plays out differently as the amateur sleuths weigh evidence, pursue leads, and finally find some use for their pocket-sized polygraphs, creating a one-of-a-kind adventure that earned a 2012 Drama Desk nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience.
Icon Parking Systems' parking facilities safely house vehicles of all shapes and sizes as owners go to work, relax at home, or take in the sights of the Big Apple. Conveniently tucked in the most prestigious corners of Manhattan—which are also the areas least menaced by aimless teenage tow-trucks—these lots offer easy access to any number of restaurants, Broadway theaters, and concert halls. Many automotive stables have no daily or weekly time limit, so drivers may come and go as they please or leave rides in the same spot for dedicated, month-long portraits. Monthly customers can sign up for the Preferred Customer Club, which grants them an exclusive card and half-off parking at any of Icon Parking Systems' 200 facilities or UFO landing pads scattered throughout Manhattan.
Every strand of hair tells the story of its life—whether it's been colored and straightened or spent lots of time floating in the harsh chlorine of a swimming pool. That's why when clients come into Novella Salon, stylists don't just focus on making their hair stylish; they also want to make hair healthier. As an exclusive Kerastase salon, they use the company's quick-fix express rituals and more lavish, pampering deluxe rituals to replenish the health and shine of clients' hair. These treatments can rebalance scalps' pH, add softness to aging hair, volumize thin strands, and smooth unruly curls. Their masks and treatments work to restore hair to a more unprocessed state, leaving 'dos looking as natural as a celebrity when they first got off the bus from Idaho.
For more than three decades, Barry Silverman and the bloom arrangers at PC Floral Designs have been orchestrating custom arrangements and baskets for special occasions. They emphasize individual customer satisfaction with their PC "personal touch" approach, approaching each pot, vase, and basket like it’s the first one they’d ever laid eyes on. They carefully help clients select the proper petals for their recipient, grouping cymbidium orchids for a tropical plant–lover or arrange a token of appreciation to send to compassionate bosses, well-behaved relatives, and other fictional characters. They also specialize in surrounding brides with favorite blooms, including pew arrangements and elegant huppahs.
Mumbling. Speaking too fast. Nervousness. There are countless issues that can derail a public speaker. That's where Nattacia Satie and The Vocal Gym for Public Speaking come in. A musician, actress, yogi, and all-around renaissance woman, Ms. Satie uses her diverse expertise—which includes training at the University of Cambridge—to build rigorous workouts for the voice. During private sessions, she takes speakers through a four-step process that teaches proper breathing technique, incorporates core fitness exercises, and fine-tunes articulation. Ms. Satie's custom programs help her clients gain confidence and correct their specific issues by training their vocal cords to keep a steady pitch, slow down, or roll over.
Betsy Helmuth of Affordable Interior Design started her career in the visual arts, painting custom works and murals. Realizing that many of the spaces where her work was installed needed overhauling, she turned her focus to interior design. Eventually she won an internship with designer Thom Filicia of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and later opened her own company.
Now, with a second designer, Kelsey Surock, Helmuth breathes new life into homes and businesses, carrying out everything from spruce-ups to complete makeovers. For those who'd like to learn more about interior design, Helmuth and Surock offer three classes during which amateurs can learn how to create a floor plan, employ color, and redesign on a budget.