As Yarok Beauty Kitchen founder and head stylist Mordechai Alvow flits across his three-chair salon, he’s equally likely to have scissors or glass beakers in hand. The celebrity stylist and mix master draws essential oils and botanicals such as chamomile and coconut from his collection of amber apothecary jars, creating beakers full of custom serums that repair and refresh hair. Along with stylists Theadora Guzman and Lisa Marie Natishak, Alvow—whose styling has appeared in Vogue and on the runway for Alexander McQueen—enhances new ‘dos with blow-outs and color from the Organic Color Systems. Yarok Beauty Kitchen’s in-house makeup artist, Christopher Drummond, updates looks and covers up freckles shaped like Hitchcock's silhouette with his own brand of organic makeup, which has graced the faces of celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda.
From the comfort of his contemporary and calming clinic, Doctor of Chiropractic Gardiner's certified hands gently assess, correct, and Olympically score bodily alignment, straightening out malfunctioning mechanics from knee bone to neck bone. The 45–60 minute treatment melds data about each patient's health history with an in-office bodily analysis, triangulating torqued tension with help from the Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT) method. Using highly specific orthopedic, structural, neurological, and typographical indicators, the SOT method is able to identify health-inhibiting patterns throughout the entire meat suit, leading Dr. Gardiner to make gentle yet intrinsic adjustments to restore balance to the spine, head, dorsal fin, pelvis, or other necessary areas.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Ace Hardware's handy employees help customers to navigate shelves stocked with home-improvement implements, household appliances, and domestic essentials. The shop’s technicians are certified to perform warrantee repair tasks for more than 100 manufacturers, including Honda, Kawasaki, and Stihl, returning your snowblower or Statue of Liberty replica to working order. In addition to its wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies, Ace Hardware dedicates ample space to gifts, home décor, men's and women's clothing, and housewares.
In 1997, magician Michael Chaut realized that New York—long the haunt of some of the world's most talented magicians—no longer had a live magic venue. Wasting no time, Chaut assembled a super squad of fellow tricksters and illusionists, together creating the weekly showcase Monday Night Magic. Now firmly installed at the intimate Players Theatre, the shows strip away such over-the-top distractions as pyrotechnics and live animals, who generally give away the tricks post-performance anyway. Their shows instead beguile audiences with up-close sleight-of-hand and mental tricks, and also enter the realm of variety-show-style entertainment with jugglers and sword swallowers. During intermissions, the performing magicians take a chance to stroll through the room, hunkering down at lucky audience members' tables to dazzle them with up-close trickery.