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.
Since 1976, Manhattan Mini Storage has freed up the closet space of more than 200,000 New Yorkers with units spread throughout the borough. Three months of access to Manhattan Mini Storage's dimensioned 4'x4'x4' compartment gives the space-starved enough room for approximately 10?15 medium-sized boxes, plus clothing, sporting equipment, and small items. All storage spaces come standard with around-the-clock video security, and year-round accessibility with exclusive off-street parking. For oversized handbag and baseball-card collections, the storage company offers larger units, some sizable enough to fit an apartment's worth of furnishings or a decade?s supply of french toast. A concierge service assists in the logistics of the move for an additional cost, helping to keep the stress of moving low.
Manhattan Mini Storage has the space and time to accommodate overstocked packrats and urban rolling stones alike. Availability varies by location, so please phone ahead before making promises to your lawn furniture or Flag Day decorations. In the interest of full disclosure, feel free to check out the company's FAQ page online.
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.
Fully licensed by the New York State Department of Education, 1-800-BARTEND educates students in the art and science of mixed-drink pouring and presentation. Apprentice mixologists get acquainted with the functions of different bar tools while learning which cocktails should be shaken, stirred, or whisked using a handful of uncooked angel-hair pasta. 1-800-BARTEND's seasoned tenders aid students in memorizing the recipes, garnishes, and matching glassware of the most popular concoctions. The school's classrooms resemble mock cocktail lounges with ample shot glasses and jukeboxes, giving students a realistic setting to practice drink vending. 1-800-BARTEND treats its graduates to complimentary lifetime job-placement assistance and refresher courses.
Fluent City's campuses train tongues in the basics and nuances of up to 10 languages, depending on location, through interactive group classes. Experienced teachers introduce groups of students to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation in a student's chosen language. Languages are divided based on students' incoming level of proficiency, and group courses run for a total of 20 hours. Although not included with the class, students can also meet with instructors in flexible private lessons tailored to each pupil's individual needs.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Website Design Package
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Q&A with Adriana Monted'oro, President & Design Director
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.