The Village Inn may look like an simple country kitchen, but the food is nothing short of gourmet. Chef and owner John A. Martino calls on his training at the Culinary Institute of America and Le Cordon Bleu to craft a menu of contemporary American Continental cuisine, which ranges from potato-crusted Chilean sea bass to a veal porterhouse topped with sautéed mushrooms. After the chef inspects the dishes for quality, presentation, and political leanings, they emerge from the kitchen to waft gourmet scents through four separate dining areas. Everyday diners sidle up to white-clothed tables amid floral carpets and drapes in the Fireplace Room, while top-shelf liquors come together to form a host of creative cocktails in the wood-lined bar. For private occasions, groups of up to 20 gather at a long oak table beneath the cozy, low ceilings of the Wine Cellar Room, and large events bask in the glow of a towering chandelier in the bright and airy expanse of The Great Room.
Cach? helps women turn heads with fun, vibrant outfits that transition easily from day to night. From lifestyle sportswear to cocktail dresses, the national specialty boutique has what women need to look fabulous before, during, and after their 9-to-5. To ensure a personalized shopping experience, stylists stand ready to advise customers in every boutique. Shoppers can even schedule a one-on-one appointment to streamline preparations for a special event.
Though these looks change from season to season, Cach? is known for incorporating bold prints and patterns into everything from floral pants and dresses to animal-print tops. On the flip side, Cach? also maintains an entire collection of LBDs?little black dresses?that fit in just as well at a cocktail party as they do at the office.
In 1887, 17-year-old Italian immigrant Salvatore Capezio moved to New York to sell theatrical shoes, opening his first shop near the old Metropolitan Opera House. Of course, he quickly found himself dealing with the intense demands of the professional dancers that frequented the store, and Capezio began challenging himself to master the delicate balance and construction of pointe shoes. By the 1930s, his designs carried dancers across the stages of Broadway, and innovations bearing his name continue to appear today in such television and film productions as Dancing with the Stars and Black Swan. Committed to the needs of performers in dance, theater, and recreation, the Capezio
team continues to fulfill young Sal's legacy by crafting footwear for ballet, tap, and ballroom dancing, and gymnastics.
Katty Cedeno, owner of Fun Creation Studio, sees the creative process as a kind of informal therapy for the stresses of modern life. There's something meditative about turning raw white ceramic into a uniquely colorful artwork, and something restorative about doing so alongside friends or family members. The process is as simple as can be: first, choose a mug, a bowl, or perhaps a dragon figurine. Then it's time to paint, choosing from a rainbow of colors to paint messages, shapes, and words of praise for the World's Greatest Mug Fan. The studio assistants are there to offer help and advice along the way. At the end of the session, pieces are turned over to the staff to receive a clear glaze and a relaxing sauna session in the kiln, after which they'll be food-safe.
Back in 1959, Joe Spirko and his wife Linda started a tiny fruit stand, home to fresh-grown fruits and veggies, hand-cut flowers, and some seed packets. From those humble beginnings, Strawberry Blossom & Ploch's grew quickly, expanding and then relocating to accommodate local demand. Today, the home and garden center occupies more than five acres of land, where visitors are invited to meander through greenhouses, ask questions, and stock up on black gold: dirt. Indoor and outdoor plants can be found, as well as ground-cover, bulbs, and everything to make the exterior of your home beautiful, including tasteful lawn furniture and accessories for grilling.