Though the expression holds that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” the photographers at Magique Studios aim to take photos that can replace verbal wedding stories altogether. Since 2000, they’ve captured clients’ true emotions at hundreds of nuptial celebrations, centered on diverse religious and cultural traditions. The shutterbugs' versatility extends to other photo-shoot types as well, such as family portraits and boudoir sessions. During the planning process, Magique’s staff members pride themselves on their open lines of communication—they’re readily accessible by phone, e-mail, and carrier pigeon. After everything has concluded, clients may receive black-and-white, sepia, or color prints ready for inclusion in scrapbooks.
Aided by their arsenal of powerful equipment and more than a decade of experience, Dry Door's team of household cleaners divests carpets and floors of built-up grime. Waltzing their way through the dirt like dates at a Dust Bowl–era prom, carpet cleaners and their truck-mounted extractors and pressure washers work in tandem to flush soil out of all types of carpets and rugs without the need for soaps, which can leave behind residue. Floor cleaners work with similar care, slathering hardwood, laminate, tile, and linoleum surfaces with environmentally friendly cleaning agents to imbue them with a brilliant shine. The fully insured staffers also resolve water-damage issues, dispatching from their office 24 hours a day to help homeowners in need.
De-soiling apparel while sparing Mother Earth, this eco-friendly dry cleaner welcomes customers to pick up and drop off orders 24/7 using unique, ATM-style receptacles. Ranked as one of the 500 top franchises in 2009 by Entrepreneur magazine, Oxxo Care eschews harsh chemicals in favor of environmentally safe solvents that high-five endangered pandas. Oxxo’s cleansters rely on recyclable and biodegradable plastics, and they pamper garments with new, European-style equipment. Renew the usual dry-cleaning suspects—pants, blouses, silk or linen shirts, blazers, skirts, and wearable pastrami—starting at $6.55. Polish up a dress starting at $8.95 or a two-piece suit for $13.10. Dust off that winter wool coat for $14–$18 or a long down chill defender for $20 in anticipation of weekend camping trips in the fridge. Resident garment specialists tend to the details of all jobs with hand ironing and personal, emotionally probing inspections.
For more than 40 years, Party Box's artillery of costumes, decorations, and party supplies has kept celebrants armed for good-natured squeals and screams. Ready yourself for monster mashes and whimsical bank robberies with a Supergirl ($29.99) or Batman ($29.99) costume, or trick-or-treat without fear of self-definition as a zombie rock star ($32.99). Party Box's costume selection boasts sizes from infant to XXL, enabling entire families to get in on the fun. In addition to costumes, Party Box also stocks paper and plastic ware, and decorations for a variety of themes and holidays.
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.
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.
Mandy Grant is an expert at working up a sweat; she’s been a fitness enthusiast for decades. So it’s no surprise that the avid exerciser went on to open her personal yoga studio, which she lovingly named after the Zulu word for sweat. Students will also be pleasantly surprised to learn that Mandy donates 15% off all profits from this studio’s classes to assist AIDS orphans in South Africa and all donations from community classes to other charities.
Mandy’s passion to help others doesn’t stop there. At the Bergen County studio, students of all levels are given ample attention during 75-minute yoga classes, which are rooted in Hatha but also incorporate elements of Vinyasa flow, pranayama, and meditation. This style of teaching encourages yogis to connect their breathing with their postures and calming thoughts. Mandy and her dedicated instructors also spice up workout routines with heated Vinyasa sessions and mat Pilates.