Captain Frank Rizzo and his crew draw on 35 years of navigation experience to pilot the Freeport Princess along the placid waters of Freeport’s Nautical Mile. On the night of their dinner cruise, passengers stroll up the gangplank of the 105-foot Coast Guard–certified yacht to wave kerchiefs at land-bound friends or don mermaid costumes and clamber onto the prow for luck. Once at sail, patrons can settle into plush stools and couches lining the main deck’s sumptuous windowed lounge, and slide past the cash bar for libations (not included in the dinner cruise) to toast the luxurious evening. The steaming buffet tempts diners with four gourmet appetizers and entrees in the formal dining area on the lower deck ringed with clear lucite tables to protect guests from having their shoelaces tied together while eating. Passengers can mount the elegant glassed-in stairs to the upper level, where DJs spin tunes on a large dance floor sparkling with disco lights and an outer deck lets passengers relish ocean breezes and peaceful views of the Nautical Mile’s cozy harbors.
Its very name indicates the chief aim of Living Natural: to inspire customers to drop poor diets and take up healthier habits. The store houses a treasure trove of nutrition and health goodies that ease the transition to the latter. Its roster of natural, organic products covers nearly every aspect of daily life, from amino acid supplements and nourishing herbal capsules to groceries and cosmetics. There’s even a juice bar that doles out tasty health shakes for quick bursts of nourishment.
Through its brick-and-mortar showroom on Main Street in Freeport, or its extensive online emporium, NY Furniture Direct fills homes with beautiful, sturdy furnishings in a wide range of styles. Shoppers decorate living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens with stately leather sofas from Ashley Furniture, cozy beds and dressers from Coaster, or clean, ultramodern dining-room sets from Zuo.
A beaming neon sign boldly glows above Carlyle At The Omni Diner, where checkered floors, rock 'n' roll jukebox tunes, and classic diner fare rewind reality to the 1950s. Short-order cooks whip up breakfast items until 10:30 a.m. each day, firing up their griddle to build towers of buttermilk pancakes and smaller duplexes out of belgian waffles. Lunch and dinnertime eats include classic deli sandwiches, specialty salads, and pizzas, which all wash down with coffee and tea. Open during business hours, the diner welcomes business people staying at the hotel to sink into plush red booths while nibbling cheesecake and pouring ketchup over their expense reports.
One of the nation's largest auto show producers, Motor Trend dazzles 24 markets throughout the country with the latest breeds of horseless carriages and steel steeds in all their glittering glory. Each show boasts its own parade of the latest models, all of which are unlocked and waiting to be admired inside and out. If the sleek, muscular sports cars from Ferrari and Maserati remind you too much of your old job as a secret agent valet, you can also shop for future cars among the more practical permutations of Suburu, Kia, and Buick. Fans of good old-fashioned American size and power, meanwhile, can make themselves look tiny by standing next to the 2011 Ford Super Duty.
In 1977, career educators Eileen and Raymond Huntington opened the first Huntington Learning Center in Oradell, New Jersey. Their mission to give every child the best education possible is still going strong. They use an individualized approach to education, adjusting instructional tactics according to each student’s particular needs. Due to their success in helping K–12 students prepare for exams and improve grades and study skills, there are currently 260 Huntington franchises open nationwide.
The certified Huntington tutoring staff utilizes testing and rubrics for assessing each child’s skills, academic needs and potential for growth. Tutors note student response to different testing and academic situations to craft a methodology sensitive to each child’s learning style. Teachers adhere to the company’s code of ethics that stresses professionalism and confidentiality, encouraging students to improve grades honestly through dedicated study rather than shortcuts.