After earning his BFA at the nationally renowned Rhode Island School of Design, Kevin Tarasuk began exhibiting his darkly surreal paintings at galleries around his hometown of Miami before making the move to New York City. Now, he helms the Painting Lounge, a personable art studio where students learn the proper techniques of painting, such as composition, shading, and glaring at clocks until they melt. In workshops, Tarasuk has earned praise from his ecstatic students, who have heralded him as “a very, very talented artist” and “a patient and engaging teacher.”
Carter Kustera's hand-painted works of art have been exhibited internationally as a part of U2's PopMart Tour and the national branding for Barneys CO-OP and Jonathan Adler stores. Carter Kustera's requirements ask that customers send an image of the person, pet, or perfectly portioned deli sandwich to undergo artistic apotheosis as a minimalistic outline emblazoned in black, red, light blue, light pink, kelly green, or lavender. Each individualized portrait is ensnared within the permeable pores of hot-press paper with gouache brushstrokes, a more opaque form of watercolor that appears richer and more reflective than other diluted dyes. Customize your silhouetted self-image with your choice of caption to verbally embody your personality or confuse viewers by epitomizing someone else's.
Resident Magazine and Robert “Toshi” Chan—party promoter and majority owner of the Flatiron Hotel—unite to present Tasting New York, a food festival boasting a carefully curated list of top restaurants and celebrities. Guests sample offerings from the likes of IL Tesoro, Pescatore, and the Belgian Beer Café, all while listening to the familiar voice of Fox 5's Ernie Anastos as the emcee. Culinary specialist Claire Thomas, the host of ABC's Food for Thought, will perform a food demo and show home chefs how to keep knives sharp enough to julienne an atom. Other famous faces may stand out among the crowd, such as that of New York Giant Henry Hynoski, former As The World Turns star Eileen Fulton, and CNN journalist Kitty Pilgrim.
As patrons sip, sample, and mingle, Billboard recording artist Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and rising Broadway singer Hunter Ryan Herdlicka provide a festive soundtrack. A portion of the proceeds benefit St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters, a network of 22 nonprofit food pantries, soup kitchens, safe havens, and shelters throughout New York and New Jersey.
Click and Improve is an online database that fixes homeowners up with licensed contractors, repairmen, and industry experts. With hundreds of services available at the click of a computer mouse, the business's online process breaks down the exact details—and the exact price—of each service before sending a home-improvement specialist to the site. Customers use a drop-down menu to choose the service they need completed, and after filling out a thorough questionnaire and birthday wish list, they can attach videos and photos to their web account to more accurately convey repair needs. Click and Improve then rounds up competitive bids or offers pre-priced services, and upon the job's completion, homeowners relay their feedback through the company's website.
Cindy Barshop may have a familiar face. She gained reality-TV fame as a cast member of The Real Housewives of New York City, but she found success much earlier when the Madison Avenue spa she founded more than 10 years ago grew into a hair-removal brand known throughout the country. Completely Bare’s waxing specialists dab bikini lines with the shop’s proprietary blend of ouch-less wax, which adheres to hair instead of skin to avoid the painful pull that often accompanies a waxing session. The blend is hypoallergenic and does not cause acne, which makes it ideal for depilating sensitive skin and touchy bodily zones. Routine waxing sessions add extra sparkle with the salon’s vajazzling service, which bedecks newly hair-free spots with up to 70 Swarovski crystals arranged into such shapes as hearts, stars, peace signs, and MPAA ratings. The spa specialists also migrate beyond the below-the-belt area to polish the rest of the body with facials, laser hair removal, spray tanning, and teeth whitening.
In his 15-year stint as a fire-safety instructor and city painter, Steven Soto learned that it’s not always enough to paint walls—you may also need to repair them. To do so, he and his fully insured contractors smooth walls with a fast-drying plaster compound. The skim coating is more durable than traditional drywall, and can seamlessly fill in dents incurred during daily wear or home discus competitions. Beyond painting standard walls, Steven’s techs can also add color to nontraditional surfaces such as sheetrock, metal, and wood.