The experts at the International Center for Positive Change and Hypnosis arm clients with the skills they need to pursue their personal goals and drop the notions that hold them back. During the neurolinguistic-programming practitioner course, expert mind molders Sarah Carson, Shawn Carson, and Jess Marion introduce participants to NLP, a system that helps individuals recognize both positive and negative patterns in their lives so they don't have to reach decisions by throwing darts at a bunch of magic 8 balls. Many professionals enlist in the NLP practitioner course for business to improve their success in the workplace, which explains the program’s popularity among entrepreneurs, teachers, consultants, and coaches.
When they aren't teaching NLP, Sarah Carson, Shawn Carson, and Jess Marion see clients in both their New York and Philadelphia offices, drawing on their teaching experience to enact positive changes in clients' lives. Instructors also host weekend workshops on topics such as creativity and presentation skills. Their hypnosis sessions train students who want to help others achieve personal change by quitting smoking, reducing stress, or reconnecting with estranged pocket watches.
The leather-cleaning experts at Breeze Bag & Shoe Cleaner not only rid shoes, wallets, and handbags of difficult scuffs and stains, but also condition and treat leather goods so they retain their good looks in the long term. The staff uses only organic and eco-friendly products to carefully shampoo articles before applying a protective treatment that keeps water damage from rain and elephant spit-takes at bay. Luxury items receive extra attention, and they are carefully handled with specialized cleaning and colour-restoration procedures.
At first glance, Kashkaval looks like an impressive gourmet food shop, with more than 100 varieties of international cheeses and imported olives arranged alongside cured meats and gourmet soups and salads. But venture beyond the small storefront and into the spacious back area, and you’ll find Kashkaval's tucked away wine bar.
Here, owners Daniel and Corey have established a comfortable and cozy retreat for customers to pair wines from across the globe with various meats, cheeses, and Mediterranean small plates. Heartier appetites can find relief in full entrees, such as chicken or turkey meatballs, a selection of oven-baked paninis and gourmet sandwiches, or dig into fondue that Time Out New York put on its list for “The City’s Best Fondues”, calling the gorgonzola blend "perfectly gooey and surprisingly mild."
Amid the golden accents and ivory hues of the Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Dr. Brad Holmes, who led the Millikin University Choir to the ACDA's 2011 National Conference, guides audiences through psalms and folk songs spanning a timeframe from the Renaissance to today. The Millikin University Choir's 55 students begin the evening by performing contemporary composer John Rutter's take on Cantate Domino, followed closely by soprano soloist Sarah O'Neill stepping up to sing Ericks Ešenvalds's layered choral arrangement of "Amazing Grace." Dr. Holmes then turns his baton to the National Festival Chorus, which sings through classic works by Handel, Brunner, and Stroope to warm hearts and rekindle memories of wild nights on the a capella circuit.
The Cheese Store's on-site cheese aging facility allows its artisan, farmhouse, and imported cheeses to reach their flavor-packed peak ripeness. The Cheese Store stocks more than 10 cow and sheep varieties of blue cheeses, and its bloomy rind cheeses have no chemical stabilizers and melt on the tongue like buttery, rich snowflakes. Grate a pile of salty Pecorino Romano ($12.99/lb.) atop your favorite pasta to pique its flavor, or spread creamy Humboldt Fog goat cheese ($22.99/lb) on a toasted baguette. Stinky washed rind cheeses, such as the savory Morbier ($15.99/lb.), are often used by grizzly bears and as a delicate perfume.