Anyone can have a good idea, but executing it can be a long, trying process. That's where Quirky.com comes in; the GE-partnered outlet helps innovators transform their brainstorms into reality. It's simple: creators submit their ideas—whether they're represented by sketches or descriptions—and folks back products they believe in with their votes. The most popular ideas are then reviewed by a panel of industry experts, who ultimately decide which inventions Quirky.com will manufacture and sell in their online shop. These user-generator products run the gamut, catering to genres including healthcare, electronics, and home use, including such ingenious devices as flexible power strips and dust pans that also deal with dirt.
Any fears of wardrobe malfunctions can be quickly subdued by the stock at Manhattan Wardrobe Supply, a supply store in Chelsea. Although largely geared towards theater and clothing designers; with crafts, sewing, make up and stage effect supplies; the shop also provides plenty for the average individual, including hangers, storage containers, shoe and boot laces and hosiery. If not too busy, the staff is happy to update clients on the latest trends, offer fashion tip, or simply namedrop the famous television and film stylists who shop there. Although there are plenty of frills on the racks, the space itself remains refreshingly free of super chic décor and feels more like a hardware shop.
Sharper Image is the mothership of cool gadgetry, stocking all manner of electronic and modern doodads. Almost no facet of daily life is untouched by the store's stock: from sleeping to eating, relaxing to working, indoors to outdoors, there's a product to make any activity easier or more fun. White-noise alarm clocks wake owners in the morning, but not before lulling them to sleep with clear, oceanic sounds. Digital barbecue forks test the internal temperature of grilled meats, and motion-activated desk lights give workers an illuminated runway for their paper airplanes.
With a dedicated team of online and in-person instructors and sophisticated adaptive learning technology, Kaplan Test Prep's GMAT- and GRE-preparation courses provide students with the tools needed to succeed and a higher-score guarantee. On Demand courses grant students access to a vast online repository of video instruction, simulating a classroom environment from the comfort of a home office or underwater laboratory, whereas practice tests are adapted to the student's skill level, pushing their brains to operational capacity. Heightening classroom-like reality even further are the Classroom Anywhere courses, which stream live video of Kaplan's expert instructors providing interaction complete with audio chat, a virtual white board, and class-wide polling. For those who demand more corporeal instruction and real-life consequences for chewing gum in class, Classroom On-Site courses provide personal attention, with in-person classroom sessions led by test-mastering instructors.
Robert Brace—a celebrity personal trainer who's danced as a soloist for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet—may be from London, but he wanted to create a workout perfect for time-crunched New Yorkers who want to see results. And that’s how NYlean25 was born. Today, he and his team challenge clients with 25-minute workouts that incorporate interval training and constantly changing drills to keep bodies engaged. The instructors also help students maintain good form throughout the workout to ensure each exercise's effectiveness. Additional support, such as meal planning, speeds clients toward goals such as losing weight, becoming more toned, and passing the arm-wrestling portion of job interviews.
The trainers encourage their clients to push themselves and make the most of every minute—but they're not afraid to have a little fun, either. In fact, Robert helped comedian Mark Malkoff achieve six-pack abs in 28 days, and he taught the crew at PIX11 how to get fit even while they wore their nice work clothes, instead of the leather pants and corsets most often seen at the gym.