Jay Leno and Ralph Lauren may each own a lot of cars, but their fleets are nothing compared to the number of vehicles Impark Parking must protect in a single day. The company operates more than 2,000 parking facilities in 34 cities throughout North America, from Atlanta to Baltimore to Winnipeg. That accounts for nearly half a million parking spots in total, a far cry from the single lot that Impark?then known as Imperial Parking?started out with. Today, more than 50 years later, it operates as a fully integrated company with expertise in garage management, carbon neutral practices, and recycling.
What began as a single valet business started by childhood friends has since grown into LAZ Parking, a nationwide company that manages, leases, and owns hundreds of parking spaces across the country. It operates parking lots at a variety of establishments?including college campuses, office buildings, and parking-lot museums?and also provides airport shuttle service and hotel valets.
Icon Parking Systems' parking facilities safely house vehicles of all shapes and sizes as owners go to work, relax at home, or take in the sights of the Big Apple. Conveniently tucked in the most prestigious corners of Manhattan—which are also the areas least menaced by aimless teenage tow-trucks—these lots offer easy access to any number of restaurants, Broadway theaters, and concert halls. Many automotive stables have no daily or weekly time limit, so drivers may come and go as they please or leave rides in the same spot for dedicated, month-long portraits. Monthly customers can sign up for the Preferred Customer Club, which grants them an exclusive card and half-off parking at any of Icon Parking Systems' 200 facilities or UFO landing pads scattered throughout Manhattan.
Having enlightened more than 4,000 novice photographers to date and seen his work appear in the New York Times and GQ, JP Pullos has credentials that broadcast his photo capability. Drawing from this wealth of experience, JP instructs students of the photo arts on the finer points of their camera, whether that be a DSLR or compact point-and-shoot. Through an intuitive teaching method and learning-by-doing, pupils gain confidence in how to frame stunning portraits, capture images in any lighting conditions, and optimally use their camera's features.
Longtime friends Craig Cochran and Michael Pease have a lot in common. Not only do their mothers both have the same name, Terri, but they both believe that healthy food should be just as accessible as fast food. So in honor of the mothers who taught them the importance of nourishing their bodies, they opened Terri, a quick-service eatery that serves up nothing but vegetarian meals, all certified kosher and centered on nutrient-rich "superfoods." Their vegetarian menu may read as meaty—it includes items such as meatball subs and chicken caesar wraps—but herbivores can rest assured. All their dishes are meat-free, and as a result possess very low levels of saturated fat. In the place of animal products, they cook smoked tofu, soy bacon, and other vegetable-based proteins to lend a meaty texture to quesadillas, salads, and sandwiches. Guests can pair their healthy meals—some of which are also gluten- and soy-free—with fresh smoothies and juices, and conclude them with decadent chocolate cupcakes or apple cider doughnuts. For those looking for a fresh start, Terri also offers several flavors of its signature juice cleanse, which is made using cold-pressed fruit and veggies.
Calling on skills she honed at Nars and Est?e Lauder, Shara Strand has gilded faces for television, print, and celebrity events for the last 15 years. At her elegant and welcoming studio on the Upper East Side, she highlights facial features for weddings and special events with fashion-forward cosmetics and artistic precision, tapping her deft color-matching skills to select the most flattering shades for any skin tone. The makeup expert also leads one-on-one makeup lessons that teach students how to enhance their fa?ades in a manner that will match their personal style and take full advantage of their current cosmetics stashes. Patrons learn how to choose different brushes and shades for everyday wear, special events, or infiltrating clown fraternities, and they can upgrade their makeup collections with Shara's own line of brushes and products.