Shortly after Cherian Abraham moved to the United States from his Indian homeland, he opened the small video store that would blossom into Kashmir Groceries and Imports, a vibrant crossroads of South Asian sundries. Cherian’s son and the store’s present owner, Bijo, continues his father’s tradition of supplying local households with imported South Asian fare, Bollywood video rentals, and other knickknacks seized from Marco Polo’s suitcase at customs. Heavy sacks of basmati rice, cans of pickles and chutney, and rows of exotic spices line the grocer's shelves alongside fresh produce and certified halal meats. Phone cards keep loved ones up-to-date on juicy gossip and local monsoon reports, and a DVD-conversion service digitizes the essences of Indian cinema for at-home enjoyment.
Sam Mondello Jr. operates a family grocery of his own where he peddles fine Italian imports. The cozy neighborhood spot is a treasure trove of treats, with glass display cases packed with specialty meats and cheeses, produce coolers full of housemade sauces, and shelves loaded with espresso makers and Italian ceramics. The shop offers a sweeping variety of pastas made from premium ingredients, such as fettuccine made from whole wheat and rotini made from melted-down ancient Roman coins.
Sam and his staff extend their culinary expertise to preparing a wide variety of premade meals, whipping up Italian-style subs in the deli and freezing freshly made trays of lasagna and pizza. The skilled chefs provide hot Italian specialties to cater a wide-variety of special events, from large office functions to intimate football-game gatherings.
Since 1959, Guignard Florist has been a flowery haven, supplying customers both from its colorful shop and via delivery throughout Onondaga County. The store prides itself on featuring the freshest flowers in novel arrangements, most of which change daily, like an indecisive animorph. Its insistence on using in-season blooms whenever possible ensures that bouquets leave the shop smelling their sweetest. The Serene Retreat ($47.95) is a riot of greenery, starring dieffenbachia, spathiphyllum, ficus, and boston fern in an elegant clay dish, and a dozen red carnations ($32.50) arrayed in a clear glass vase provide the elegance of pricier roses with the delightful texture of a spongy clown extremity. Save space and adhere to simplicity with the Tender Trio ($19.99), three pink roses presented with stylish foliage in a curvy vase.
The Art Store and its talented techs supply artists of every skill level with brushes and canvases while furnishing finished works with eye-catching customized framework. The Art Store has more than 1,000 moldings and frame sizes to choose from ($5/ft.–$150/ft.), allowing customers to frame portraits, photographs, diplomas, or unsuspecting younger brothers who did not dress the family dog in a tutu. A basic frame style plus glass, dry mount, labor, and assembly gets art aficionados a 24"x36" custom frame built for approximately $79.95, a 20"x24" custom frame for approximately $59.95, and a frame large enough to encase the Sistine Chapel for one dozen rubies and all the riches on the moon.
Gallery One Fourteen skillfully swathes photos, paintings, and keepsakes in stylized, custom frames. Customers can bring in any frameable artwork, such as a cherished oil painting or a beloved photo of a pitch-black cave, and Gallery One Fourteen's expert framers will beautify the item with a personalized border ($80–$600). Each piece receives a professional treatment, including custom planning and layout, matting recommendations, suggested materials, and ideas for where to hang it so that it can inspire the optimal amount of awe.
Tom Huyck and the deft tailors at Executive Clothing Service pour more than 20 years of menswear experience into building elegant, custom garments to match any person's style. To begin, guests explore their desired look with a knowledgeable clothier, who hones in on a comfortably tailored fit through discussion of various cuts, designs, and materials. Skilled hands take exact measurements of limbs for a computer to translate into precise patterns that are stitched together with a single needle, shortening production time to 21–24 working days. Having secured hems and buttons with their nimble needles, the craftsmen invite clients to try on and approve the fit of their heirloom-quality shirts or suits before returning antique hammer pants to dry storage.