Amid the golden accents and ivory hues of the Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the Mount San Antonio College Choir kicks off a choral-centric afternoon. Under the direction of conductor Bruce Rogers, the vocalists sing through a collection of psalms, hymns, and folk songs from Sweden, Russia, Ireland, and the United States. The set finishes in American style with a rousing vocal arrangement of the traditional spiritual "Battle of Jericho" that warms hearts and rekindles memories of wild nights on the a cappella circuit.
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."
"The new market almost looks as if it has been a neighborhood fixture for years, not days," said the New York Times of Schatzie the Butcher's new Upper West Side location in 2010—their first move in more than 30 years. Though new, the shop was outfitted with vintage features such as white tiles, aged family photos, and an antique cash register.
In this sense, the market reflects the spirit of its owner, fifth-generation butcher Tony Schatzie—who's always taken pride in his history. Building on a legacy started by his great-grandfather—a rabbi and kosher butcher—Schatzie learned the basics of his craft at just 11 years of age. Now, more than 50 years later, those who visit his market can find him swapping banter—and songs—behind the counter, aided by his two sons and a 30-year employee, Pepe.
Schatzie holds strict standards for his meat, and carves slabs of exclusively USDA prime beef. Cuts of Colorado lamb and milk-fed veal also line the shelves, alongside hand-cut sausages in styles such as Italian and German weisswurst. If a customer asks for an unusual cut, Schatzie can also fulfill special requests within a day.
In addition to meat, the market also stocks blocks of gourmet imported and American cheeses, as well as premade meals for those with busy schedules or an evening job at the Center for Complimenting the Moon.
The family at Zingone Brothers stocks their neighborhood grocery store with a rainbow of fresh, colorful produce and other sundry necessaries neatly arranged inside an unassuming storefront. A fish-adorned sign inside announces that they've been "bringing you Old World quality" since the Jazz Age, which means that select employees remember the days when moon landings were considered authentic.
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.
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.