Lecia Bianca established The Secret Lounge to help clients style themselves and be comfortable with their look and stock home closets with stylish jewelry. An interior designer, Lecia Bianca has a natural visual vocabulary, and teaching style classes and curating a collection of boutique wares helps her share this passion with others, including fashionable celeb clients such as Lauren Hill and Diana Ross. Nominated for Best of Essex awards in four categories, The Secret Lounge is the destination for the fashion forward no matter what their style. Clients call ahead to set up their personal shopping appointment or class, and when they arrive they are greeted with a gilded, chandelier-lit lounge. The Secret Lounge's dramatic, luxury-oriented decor also makes it a favorite destination for private events.
Make pretty?a motto to live by, and one that graces Kensie's most recent digital look books. The brand?launched by Vancouver natives Lani and Eric Karls in 1994?epitomizes an exuberant, bohemian-chic aesthetic. Creative director Lani travels the world, gleaning runway trends that she later reinterprets and transforms into wearable wardrobe staples. Such pieces can be found in closets and future fashion time capsules of celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Nicole Richie, as well as in the glossy pages of magazines such as Marie Claire and Glamour.
ProPlayer Baseball Academy has a Hall of Fame dedicated to former standout students and instructors, many of whom have gone on to have big-league careers. It's a testament to the academy's clout, both as a year-round training facility and as a launching pad to the next level. Inside the 6,000-square-foot, fully turfed facility, coaches lead baseball and softball players aged 7–18 through private lessons, camps, and clinics. Four stationary batting cages let hitters tighten up their swings, and areas for long toss help players stretch their arms without having to cling to the spinning blades of a helicopter. But it's not just the game's budding stars who use these spaces: occasionally current big leaguers visit during the offseason to keep their skills sharp, too.
Customers may walk into Top Hat & Tails as mere men, wearing jeans that sag off the waistline or scuff against the floor. But they leave as gentlemen, sporting fine men’s clothing and formalwear tailored to a T. Co-owners Brian Berry and Horace Kinard—who has been haberdashering for 20 years—take measurements onsite and alter in-house to drape dapper gents in fine suits, ties, tuxes, custom shirts, and shoes. A seasonally rotating catalog of styles from Calvin Klein, Joseph Abboud, and Oscar de la Renta elevates the elegance of invitees to weddings, dances, or black-tie balls. As Berry told Maplewood Patch last year, “We’ve had everything from Sweet Sixteens to every other formal event you can think of,” including musicians from the Philharmonic, who presumably came in to replace their glockenspiel's torn cummerbund.