Every Saturday, wine is free at Elegant Wine & Liquors. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the shop holds a complimentary tasting. Here, the resident sommeliers welcome patrons to sample wines from Italy, New Zealand, and France, as well as domestic vintages from California vineyards. High-caliber spirits from Grey Goose, Bacardi, and Tanqueray also line the densely occupied shelves, reflecting the refined palate of the shop’s owner, Stefanie, who has spent more than a decade in the beer and wine industry. She shows her savvy not only through the eclectic and sprawling selection, but also through customer-oriented touches such as free gift wrapping, a more aesthetic alternative to ensconcing gift wine bottles in slightly bigger wine bottles.
The Halloween Warehouse's immense collection of Halloween costumes and accessories covers a full range of identity-altering raiments. Adult costumes for men and women take forms both classically scary and unconventionally creative. Pay homage to your hippie forefathers with a patchwork shirt and pair of bell-bottoms ($16.99 each), or go incognito with a Where’s Waldo women’s disguise ($33.99). Fiendishly adorable kids' costumes can have your munchkins masquerading as tiny pumpkins ($19.99) or charmingly elegant witches ($24.99). To avoid embarrassing incidents involving ill-fitting broomsticks, costume fanatics are allowed to try on their selections in the store.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingle good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Pick up a Matrix accent chair ($219) in a bevy of academic hues, such as scarlet, black, and chocolate brown, then use it to accent your next book club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. A Cubit ottoman set ($198) comes paired for two potential sets of weary feet. Augment somnolence with mattress sets from household brands such as ComforPedic and Simmons.
Staten Island Golf Practice Center is a full-service practice facility open seven days a week that maintains a range of 40 practicing stations, 12 of which are heated, 20 covered, and one acre is dedicated to real-turf hitting stations. There is also a 1,500-square-foot short-game area with sand-trap practice-bunker. The rotating artificial-grass mats and fresh feel of true-grass hitting surfaces provide realistic practice environments for proper swings, accurate ball trajectory, and an aromatherapy nostril massages from summertime lawn scents. With more than 2,000 dozen new Top-Flite Super Range balls in rotation, you can easily use the three jumbo buckets all in one trip or during different visits to help transform lazy biceps into five-iron-shaped muscles.