Make An Impression forewoman Stacy Lawrence draws upon a photographic, entertainment, and floral-based background—including more than 20 years of New Jersey party-planning experience—to help create attractive invitations and memorable party arrangements. Dazzle a neglected rolodex with holiday cards or wedding announcements styled with hand-written calligraphy or robot-scribed caligra-binary. If you plan on showering your baby, send out cute, personalized invitations, and gussy up the party with fun favors, such as crystal pacifiers and baby-bottle candles. Make an Impression can help create a family photo montage for a reunion or even draft a speech for an anniversary. If you live farther away or have a fear of traffic cones, feel free to shop online or over the phone.
Erin Spitzberg of Nutrition by Design, LLC holds a master's degree in nutrition from New York University. The registered dietitian and certified nutritionist draws on this experience during nutritional counseling sessions. She works with clients aged 16 and up to design custom meal plans based on health, lifestyle, and food preferences.
During shoots at Portrait Simple—a studio specialized in child, infant, maternity, and family portraits—skilled photographers snap an unlimited number of poses in front of a choice of backgrounds and provide the convenience of instant printing. Sessions can take any size group, accommodating families and close-knit juries. Models don simple duds without heavy patterns or logos and can tote props such as sports equipment or special blankies. After striking jubilant, winsome, or wrathful poses, guests sit down with the photographer to select images to turn into prints.
A yawn, a smile, a flinch of the arm—before a baby is even born, he or she has begun communicating. Baby's Premiere 3D/4D Ultrasound Studio gives families and parents-to-be a live look-in at these mini milestone moments, all without installing a window on the mother's belly. A certified sonographer with 15 years of experience built Baby's Premiere to be a place for bonding. Relatives do just that by watching their newest addition to the family on a 46-inch flat-screen TV, and reliving the experience time and again with videos, photos, and other keepsakes.
How does one start a skincare business with no equipment, products, or money? Kim Evans found herself in that predicament when she started her business immediately after passing the state boards. With nothing but faith and a strong work ethic, she began tending to her clients' skin needs inside a rented room of a small spa. She worked 80 hours per week and became a licensed massage therapist to expand her business into what it is today: a wellness spa that enhances the beauty and health of skin and body through spa services and massage. Inside 2Gorjis Integrated Health & Wellness, three private treatment rooms house clients as two skin therapists cleanse surfaces during custom facials, or wrap bodies in aromatherapy herbal linens. The staff members bolster natural features with eyelash extensions, meticulous body waxing, and makeup artistry that includes exclamation points drawn next to eyebrows.
Certified as an Apple specialist, Essex Computers showcases the latest Apple mobile and desktop devices, including iMacs, iPads, iPods, and MacBooks Air and Pro, as well as other name-brand hardware and software equipment. Apple TV wirelessly enables your TV to stream Netflix and YouTube videos ($99), and also displays photos, plays music, and teams up against arrogant automated chess programs. Carry up to 24 hours of music by clipping the 8GB multitouch iPod Nano to shirtsleeves and belt buckles ($149). Other music mavens can connect their Nano, notebook, or iPhone to the Aurora audio system, streamlined with a sleek design and 15-watt subwoofer ($99.99).
Chef Central equips seasoned ingredient slingers and aspiring culinarians alike with kitchen essentials including cutlery, cooking tools, and quirky gadgets, earning the crown of Best of Westchester in 2010 by Westchester magazine. Breakfast champions can transform eggs into palatable packages by snagging a pair of silicone poach pods ($9.99) that float the yolky goodness in boiling water like a canoeist in a volcano until it’s perfectly cooked. The metal teeth of a corn-zipper ($15.99) scrape kernels clean from their cob residence, and a nonskid mincer ($17.99) safely slices onions into ribbons and saves tears from spilling. Behind acrylic safety shields, the glistening guillotine of a bagel biter ($19.99) spits out equal halves of doughy rations, and the olive stuffer ($19.99) plunges into pitted olives to produce flavor-detonating hors d'oeuvres for a retirement party of a revered spoon. Additionally, mincing mess sergeants sharpen a pair of knives until their edges are as honed as razors, which may take up to five days to complete.