Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Revival Home helps customers invigorate rooms with vintage furniture items and gently used designer pieces by Baker, Ralph Lauren, and Kate Spade. Owner Arlene opened Revival Home in the summer of 2009 during an economic recession in hopes of equipping shoppers with high-quality homewares for reasonable prices. Using her background in art direction, she hand selects each item from estate sales in the Hamptons to populate her recently renovated 10,000-square-foot show room with antique flatware, china sets, and ottomans. Because Revival Home relies on consignment goods, its stock rotates daily, providing shoppers with new antique lamps to check for genies on each visit.
Blue Back Dental's pair of presiding dentists, Drs. Edward Molyneaux and Theodore Wu, lead their team of teeth technicians in keeping mouths pristine with a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services. Treatment options range from simple routine cleanings to restorations of cracked teeth with an onsite ceramic tooth fabricator, and dental aligners, such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles, can straighten teeth. The dentists keep patients well informed and in control of their own health, ensuring that each patient understands that the fate of their dental well-being may hang on more than a single thread of waxed floss.:m]]
Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dipped fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, presented in artful bouquets and gift boxes by the skilled fruit designers at Edible Arrangements, which has more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. Workers dip fresh fruit and sweets into gluten-free chocolate to create arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can select from a variety of decorative containers, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts.
The courteous staff shares a wealth of fashion knowledge to help clients find vintage and contemporary apparel to complement their personal style or create completely original looks. Like a mother's stern warning, items from the shop's stock are rarely repeated to make room for a constant flow of new jewelry and clothing discoveries. Busy fashionistas may schedule private shopping appointments outside of regular business hours to receive one-on-one service. Closet-cleaning house calls summon Vice Versa Boutique's organizers to tidy up disheveled wardrobes and provide suggestions on future purchases before floating out the window with a vintage umbrella.
The experts at Yarnover help knitters of all skill levels learn basic and advanced techniques in knitting classes, as well as help those comfortable enough to knit by themselves navigate the shop and secure buttons, needle cases, and colorful royal alpaca, mulberry silk, or baby llama yarn. During the hands-on classes, students progress at their own pace as they take in wisdom and pointers from experienced teachers and broaden the knowledge of their hands and muscle memory. Guests can also stop by to sharpen their skills and talk trash about crocheters at a free knitting circle held every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.