Backyard Sports engages young athletes in a series of weekly skill sessions, including baseball and basketball sport camps, taught by teachers, coaches, and varsity athletes. One-hour spring baseball sessions for pre-kindergarten through 2nd-graders, which take place on Sundays from May 8 to June 19, are tailored toward appropriate skill levels. Novices learn basic rules of the game, fundamental catching and throwing skills, and how to kick dust when arguing a call. More experienced athletes can hone fielding, hitting, speed and agility, and how to interpret an endorsement contract.
Professional stylist and owner Diana Makaj outfits customers with fashion-forward apparel and accessories from the constantly updated racks in her recently renovated, “sleek and urban” boutique. Visitors can repel negative energy or fashion-police handcuffs with the blue Swarovski stare of a beaded evil-eye bracelet ($39). Clothes connoisseurs can stock wardrobes with staples such as a lace tank, available in three colors ($19), or reward worthy closets with an indigo zig-zag one-shoulder dress ($99). The flutter pleat top in ripe tomato red ($59) sets a dramatic tone with billowing sleeves, an understated rope belt, and a wide neck to accommodate standard sport’s mascot headpieces, and shoppers can also adorn tresses with a turquoise-dyed-feather clip-in hair extension ($16).
With directors, talent agents, and professional performers composing the faculty, it's no wonder the students at Class Act Studios spend much of their class time in front of the camera. With courses geared specifically toward kids, tweens, teens, and adults, the studio covers fields of study ranging from commercial work to film acting. Soap-opera and sitcom classes equip actors with genre-specific skills, such as how to expertly mimic the sound of a live studio audience. Improv and scene-study courses help students inhabit any scenario, with or without a script. Instructors even run private tutoring sessions and birthday parties that thrust invited friends in front of the camera.
An enoteca-style wine shop filled with soft wood tones, Aries Wines & Spirits was founded in 1984 by wine connoisseurs Tony and Andrea Russo. To this day, Tony and Andrea travel the world in search of premium products, tasting wine after wine and returning home with cases from regions such as Argentina, Austria, France, and Greece. The bottles that meet Tony and Andrea’s standards—and the ones that sneak under their noses by wearing fake mustaches—stretch across the shelves of their temperature-controlled wine room. A multitude of other spirits fills out the rest of Tony and Andrea’s inventory, ranging from vodka and rum to champagne and cordials.