Rosenberg Electronic Window Treatments outsmarts the sun with high-tech, custom shading solutions. Lutron and other brands of motorized blinds obey an electronic controller, quietly lowering when commanded to reduce glare on computer and television screens and protecting furniture and sunburn-prone family members from invading UV rays. A talented technician can deftly install these treatments in new buildings or retrofit existing window sockets to accommodate their robotic workings, helping homeowners save on heating, cooling and lighting costs as blinds gracefully plié and jeté upon windowsill stages. Although pricing for custom window treatments vary, a 6'x6' window treatment with installation costs about $1,500.
Dr. Jonathan Mangot, DMD believes dentistry should be comfortable, a philosophy for which his boutique-style office is perfectly designed. During each of his general and cosmetic services, such as veneers, cleanings, and whitening treatments, aromatherapy candles issue soothing fragrances while patients relax into the cushioned hug of a body-contouring pillow. Meanwhile, the staff turns on the patient's choice of music, which fills the background with ambiance.
Wyckoff Personal Training features gleaming white weight machines, TVs hovering over cardio equipment, and a host of useful, fun gear—there's even a four-lane, 25-yard indoor track. And, unlike a typical gym, guests won't find themselves waiting in line to take advantage of any equipment. That's because, rather than improvising their own exercise routine, every client works with a trainer. The gym's exclusively personal-training style of operation means that the atmosphere stays private and free of crowds. The high level of engagement through one-on-one training continues when exercisers go home as the staff happily answers questions via text and e-mail.
Backed by more than 85 years of experience, the shoemakers at Stride Rite of Wyckoff design and assemble durable, cushy footwear specifically tailored to accommodate the constantly growing soles of babies, toddlers, and kids. They put each piece of footwear from their eponymous brand through a meticulous, three-step test, first scrutinizing fit before allowing real kids to don the shoes for 30–45 days of active play and imaginary-friend wrestling. Then they administer another 30–40 lab tests, striving to secure a snug fit with sturdy materials. To further swaddle tots’ feet in style, Stride Rite compiles a vast array of sneakers, sandals, and dress shoes from renowned brands such as Sperry, Robeez, and Keds.
"Our brain is designed to realize what we wish, without any minor errors," says Tao Yoga & Tai-Chi founder Ilchi Lee. "If you want success, it will create success. If you want happiness or health, it will create them. Anything is possible, as long as negative thoughts and emotions don't interfere." To make this challenging, yet hopeful, philosophy accessible to all, Lee combined the Eastern concept of chi energy with his own brain-management system, developing a distinctive program that unlocks inner peace and sweeps up brain clutter caused by the daily stress of always having to find Waldo. Warm-up yoga maneuvers awaken muscles before 30–40 minutes of breathing, stretching, core practice, and meditation—including a signature brain-wave vibration technique that aims to calibrate mental and physical energies. Cool-down exercises ease the body back into quotidian functionality before a 10-minute teatime invites socialization among participants while bolstering pinkie endurance.
The motto at Greenhouse Golf is "Golf 4 to 84," a reference to the 80-year age range that the indoor facility is designed to appeal to. Though it may seem like a bold business model, it's not hard to imagine multiple generations gathering in the sparkling new facility to enjoy multiple forms of golf. Golfers of all ages can perfect their swings in 10 golf simulators, each showcasing more than 50 digital courses, half of which are hole-by-hole recreations of famous links from across the world. Little clubbers can acquaint themselves with the art of putting and Bavarian yodeling in the alpine-themed, indoor miniature-golf course with rocky outcrops and faux fir trees.
The center maintains its broad appeal while still offering individual services: experienced instructors offer private lessons as well as clinics tailored to all age and ability levels. Greenhouse Golf's loft—a separate section with a kitchenette, seating for up to 120 people, and three 9'x17' screens that can access the Internet—boasts all of the amenities needed for a successful corporate meeting or a party honoring a recently retired golf cart.