In 1887, 17-year-old Italian immigrant Salvatore Capezio moved to New York to sell theatrical shoes, opening his first shop near the old Metropolitan Opera House. Of course, he quickly found himself dealing with the intense demands of the professional dancers that frequented the store, and Capezio began challenging himself to master the delicate balance and construction of pointe shoes. By the 1930s, his designs carried dancers across the stages of Broadway, and innovations bearing his name continue to appear today in such television and film productions as Dancing with the Stars and Black Swan. Committed to the needs of performers in dance, theater, and recreation, the Capezio team continues to fulfill young Sal's legacy by crafting footwear for ballet, tap, and ballroom dancing, and gymnastics.
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.
Nicla DiCosmo has an eye for recreating the boho-chic lifestyle and vintage looks from the ‘60s and ‘70s, and her partner, Michel Bezoza, thrives on inspiration from tattoo culture and the rock ‘n’ roll scene. Together, the two founders of Gypsy Warrior curate a boutique collection with New York edge that stays abreast of the latest styles and includes brand-new pieces and vintage treasures. Nicla draws on her experience at Ford Models as she scouts vintage dresses and blouses, and Michel spots new trends before they go viral. The result is a dynamic blend of chiffon and floral frocks, leather jackets, and accessories gussied up with metal studs, fringe, and feathers.
Giavan, Inc. was started as a small husband-and-wife operation back in 1973 by Bill and Harriet Albanese. Designing and assembling the jewelry themselves, the two distributed the pieces to independent retailers across New Jersey. Soon, business was booming, and today Giavan distributes its sparkly jewelry and accessories to bridal stores and boutiques across the United States and Canada. Collections center on bridal tiaras, evening bags, and beautiful hand-beaded necklaces.
For many people, wedding rings signify a bond that begins a family, but for the staff at Special Designs Jewelers, designing and selling jewelry is a family bond in itself. As second-generation jewelers, the staff members have spent their life learning the industry. At the family-run shop, they help clients discover the ideal rings, pendants, earrings, and bracelets that speak to individual tastes.