In 2001, Rachel Lopez experienced a life-changing moment. For more than a year, she dealt with severe pain caused by shoulder surgeries, and though she worked through hours of physical therapy, it never dulled. She turned to acupuncture in the hopes that it would help ease her pain, if only a little. "The following day I woke up very energetic," says Rachel on her website. "I had found the relief that I had been looking for." She was so inspired by her treatment that she earned her acupuncturist certification and opened her own clinic, Bergen County Acupuncture, in 2008. There, to this day, she wields thin, sterile needles to ease bodily pain, reduce mental stresses, and soothe headaches by popping overly constrictive balloon hats.
A bouquet seems simple at first, sprays of baby’s breath filling out the broad orange petals of lilies and the brushstroke curls of roses. Without an eye for color and composition, though, the huge range of flowers that are available can be intimidating. The School of Floral Arts & Design develops talented florists and hobbyists through classes and courses that introduce theories of composition and design. Instructors with decades of experience cover everything from design to business sense, and pupils leave carrying mini topiaries, centerpieces, and seasonal wreaths. Professional courses help florists enhance their craft with lessons on designing bouquets and corsages.
Ropa vieja slow-simmered in garlic and spices from Old San Juan transports taste buds to the island of Puerto Rico, but not just the well-known tourist attractions. The menu delivers authentic tastes of Puerto Rico from its well-trod beaches to its tropical jungles. To set the scene, an indoor tree spreads its branches over the dining room and cave-like stone shelves store glasses and flatware. Servers blend cocktail mixes with BYOB libations at a bar that's offset by a wall of water trickling over stacked gray stones. Flat-screen TVs play sports highlights or the tree's favorite talk shows, and karaoke offers live entertainment once a month.
Though Jerry and Caroline Rizzo aren’t the original owners of David Eric Photography, they felt strongly about keeping the studio’s name when they took over in February 1992. But the David Eric name isn’t the only element that was saved during the transition. The Rizzos and their team of photographers proudly uphold the studio's traditions of excellent customer service, which includes giving ample attention to every client—from wedding couples and boudoir models to newborns—before, during, and after each shoot. And it is with this patience and attentiveness that the studio has gone on to earn high praise from The Knot and Wedding Wire.
Beach Bum Tanning's high-tech beds, sunless booths, and tailored beauty treatments regularly appear in press outlets such as Allure magazine. The salon's heated Mystic HD booths spritz bodies with vibrant pigment while warming skin to ensure optimal and even color saturation without having to bear-hug King Midas. Certified Airbrush Artists also implement customized airbrush tans over 150 ways by using a combination of fine-point-guided and wide-point-guided guns to shade and contour a custom-tinted tan to the body's curves, bends, and highway overpasses.
Brushed Tanning Studio's skilled spray-gun wielders provide a healthy alternative to traditional sun worship with UV-free sunless-tanning treatments. Using an FDA approved, 100% organic formula derived from raw sugar cane, certified technicians carefully cover every curve and contour with a golden glow that gradually appears over the course of 24 hours. The entire process takes as little as 10 minutes and lasts an average of 7–10 days, though results can last up to two weeks for clients who exfoliate sparingly or are particularly adept at time travel.