When her premonitions began as a small child, rather than dismiss them as coincidence, Francine Tesler nurtured her unique gift and began to perform readings for friends in 1983. Now, nearly 30 years later, her honed supernatural sensibilities, including medical intuition, have attracted hundreds of regular clients and invitations to make predictions in publications by the likes of New York and Westchester magazines. "I see images, hear things, feel things, and the dead talk to me," as she says on her website, letting her mind fill with images and intuitions that she interprets for her clients, clarifying past mysteries, present problems, and what terrible lengths they will one day go through for a Klondike Bar.
One of America’s best cleaners, Embassy Cleaners banishes dirt and wrangles wrinkles from all manner of sartorial body coverings. In business since 1937, Embassy practices environmentally sound scrubbing and uses biodegradable packaging that saves approximately 20,000 pounds of plastic from landfills and the dark depths of the plastic underworld. Great for the sparkly cleaning of camouflage cargo pants, Embassy Cleaners saves dirt-trodden clothes from back-of-closet oblivion. These debonair dirt-busters are also deft hands at the art of drapery cleaning, and serve prestigious clients such as The Shubert Theater Organization and the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Residences.
After 20 years of working in the medical and fitness industries as an ACE- and NSCA-certified trainer, Tanya Bange understands the importance of setting goals. Alongside group fitness instructor Kathy Dorney, Bange leads women of all ages and fitness levels through a rigorous boot camp designed to help clients formulate fitness goals, stick to them, and, ultimately, achieve them. Together, the duo helps clients meet goals that range from simply developing stamina to passing the arm-wrestling portion of their quarterly performance evaluation at the office. They lead full-body workouts that may involve classic pushups, bleacher sprints, and flipping a tire end over end.
Bange and Dorney also run 30-minute workout sessions for preschoolers, planting the seeds of an active lifestyle early by keeping them active in games that include the cardio-centric I’m a Super Hero! and the yoga-based Hungry Caterpillar.
While adults handle all of The Center@862's fundraising and fiscal management, the planning and promotion of events is up to a board of teens. The teens have thrown events including DJ parties, live-music nights, and video-game tournaments. Another such event: Zombie Asylum Haunted House, a yearly yelp-fest that partners the organization with Fright Room, a cadre of scare experts who transform Supply Field into a deserted madhouse that's maybe not so deserted after all. Thrills wait around every corner as patrons—and, if they're younger than 10, their parents—risk an encounter with a not-so-good doctor.
On off nights, the center accommodates teens from eighth graders through high schoolers as they play games of pool and pinball or snack on paninis and smoothies. Along with leisure activities, the center’s board schedules educational sessions such as practice SAT and ACT tests or babysitter training workshops, in which students learn bedtime-story alternatives to reading their algebra tests aloud.
Bagels are never boring at What A Bagel, where the classic chewy breakfast buns are baked fresh in more than 18 flavors. Savory egg, garlic, or whole-wheat sesame seed bagels become twice as tempting when crowned with a schmear of house-whipped scallion or bacon-garlic-herb cream cheese. Sweet options include blueberry or cinnamon-sugar bagels and cream cheese blended with strawberries. Any bagel can transform itself into a sandwich when stuffed with scrumptious fillings such as pastrami, house-cooked roast beef, rotisserie chicken, and jalapeño jack cheese. Lox lovers will also find themselves facing a major dilemma, as What A Bagel offers no less than nine types of smoked fish, including Scotch salmon, Nova Scotia salmon, and salmon that was born in Schenectady but now only visits on holidays.
Julia Juliati inherited a fine camera sense from her father, a photographer, and honed it over a decade of portrait shooting. Juliati helps women unwind and showcase their sensuality in a contemporary studio, producing photos and albums to give to significant others or presidential biographers. Juliati Photography has certain props—such as masks and feathers—available for use during photo shoots, but customers must bring their own outfits and uncopyrighted facial expressions.