Where can future brides and grooms sample a piece of Sylvia Weinstock cake, admire the latest Vera Wang couture wedding gown, and get Bobbi Brown beauty tips, all under one roof? At venues from Los Angeles to New York, where Wedding Salon founder, Tatiana Byron, has organized a one-day luxury wedding showcase boasting some of the top vendors in the industry, introducing big-day ideas from top area vendors such as The Registry at Bloomingdale's, AMResorts, Lancome at Bergdorf Goodman, The Container Store, Magnolia Photo Booth, and celebrity wedding experts. Each event is designed to make attendees feel like guests at a sophisticated wedding, only the fellow partygoers might be celebrity wedding planners David Tutera or Colin Cowie, or dessert connoisseurs from Carlo?s Bakery ?the bakery behind TLC?s Cake Boss.
Byron has been cultivating her all-star connections for more than a decade. After working at Turner Broadcasting System and directing sales, marketing, and production for a trade-show company, she created her own planning company, 4pm Events. Byron began coordinating parties for famous faces including Joan Rivers, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel Richie?no easy task, given the limited number of vendors willing to build dance floors on the ceiling. Byron went on to create Wedding Salon expos to give future brides a taste of celebrity-caliber elegance. She also offers educational wedding boot camps that help duos avoid hidden costs and learn tips for planning their special day. Byron's services have been highlighted in numerous media, including features in the New York Times, the New York Post, and Fortune Small Business.
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.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Website Design Package
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What sets your business apart from your competition?
We are always available to our clients. Regardless of what we are doing or how busy we are, when our clients call us, I personally call them back. Weekends, holidays, evenings. If something needs attention immediately, we take care of it immediately. If our client wants to meet with us, either at our office or at his/hers, we will meet with them at the very earliest possible time. As for our work, I can honestly say that our clients are completely satisfied with our websites as well as with the attention we give to them. We truly care about their businesses. Aside from that, we create really beautiful websites which work perfectly and are completely unique and specific to each individual client.
What was the inspiration for starting this business?
I had been a designer/illustrator for many years. I had been employed by other firms so I already understood and had experience in the business end of design, but I wanted more creative freedom. In 2005 I decided that I knew enough about designing, and managing a team, and felt I was capable of managing my own business. I was very positive about taking that step and I'm very happy I did!
What is the best reaction you?ve ever gotten from a customer?
One of my clients told me that he could never have built up his business without me. I know that's really stretching it, but it felt great hearing that! We did go the extra mile for this client (probably several extra miles) and we wanted so much to see him succeed. We not only set up his website, but we also advised and helped him set up advertisements, amazon sales, an online membership club, etc. It's a very nice feeling to know someone appreciates what we do and it's even nicer knowing you've been helpful in someone else's success.
What?s your favorite part about your job?
Personally, I love conceptualizing a site for a particular business. I like to incorporate, if I can, the personality of the client with unique design elements specifically for that client/business. I am the visual designer here, so I do enjoy designing most.
"They once thought you were just one vitamin, then they found many parts within. Riboflavin and niacin, folic acid, just to begin." So goes the first verse of Jennie Fagen's impassioned song about the health benefits of the B-12 complex. The AADP-certified health and nutrition counselor feels so strongly about B-12 that she couldn't help but express herself through her other talents, acting and song.
At Jennie Fagen, Holistic Health & Nutrition, she'll probably keep her serenades to a minimum. But the same bubbly, fun-loving personality that emanates from her YouTube video serves as a breath of fresh air as clients work toward their nutrition goals. Even her approach to diet is refreshing. Instead of deprivation, Jennie believes in creating a well-rounded, wholesome meal plan that incorporates nutritious food and not-so-nutritious favorites?just in moderation. Her goal is to help clients achieve their goal weight by sticking to a realistic plan that they can live by indefinitely.
For Lezama's Catering founder Leti Salama, a passion for cooking comes from growing up in Spain with French parents, which led to time at Cordon Bleu in Paris and Telva Cuisine School in Madrid. For her partner Juan Suarez De Lezo, it was passed down from his mother and grandmother. Both have built their lives around Spanish food, and both have taught cooking techniques to amateurs and professionals all over the world.
Lezama's services can take many forms. First and foremost, there's the cooking classes, where students might learn to make gazpacho, Spanish omelets, tuna empanadas, and delicate pastries. Then there's the pop-up experiences?one-off dinners built around a theme that could occur in any restaurant. The duo also oversees catering and private events to add a tangy flair to any party.
Thanks to BarkCare, from the creators of Barkbox, there's no need to trick pets into going to the vet. Instead, Dr. Rob and Dr. Sarah travel to their clients to take care of dogs in the comfort of their own homes, surrounded by the chew toys they love. BarkCare's general house calls include belly rubs, physicals, and general grooming services such as nail clipping and ear cleaning. But they can also tend to sick dogs?showing up to perform check-ups, do blood work, and provide vaccines. In addition, they're the company responsible for the BarkBox, a monthly subscription for pet owners that sends them a handpicked selection of goodies ranging from toys to gourmet treats, bones, and hygiene products.