Love Potion #10 isn't a perfume, cocktail, or shade of semigloss paint—it's a tea. And it's a very special loose-leaf tea at that, hand-blended from a recipe created by Sunyatta Amen's grandmother. Sunyatta grew up helping out in her parents' herbal shop in Harlem and accompanied them on trips to foreign locales to buy their wares. So it is no surprise that she went on to open her own shop, SiTea, where she can share her passion for teas, spices, and all things aromatic and healing.
Sunyatta has made multiple appearances on the morning news, educating viewers about how to make the perfect cup of chai while touting the benefits of buying loose teas versus skimpy bagged teas. Her potent full-leaf blends can be brewed twice or more while still retaining their flavor and beneficial essences.
For more than a decade, technicians at Redline Motorsports have sold scooters and serviced two-wheeled vehicles of all makes and models. Each member of the highly knowledgeable sales staff has an extensive background in scooters and motorcycles, helping clients zero in on a Kymco, Eton, or TaoTao two-wheeler ideal for any budget or transportation need. Certified mechanics bring motorcycles and scooters back to a healthy, energy-efficient purr with regular tune-ups, as well as extensive repairs and overhauls, backed with years of professional experience and scooter-specific training.
Paintings by a local Ethiopian artist, servers clad in traditional Ethiopian dresses, and the signature spice blends of turmeric, fennel, and cardamom help patrons to immerse themselves in a traditional Ethiopian dining experience. Instead of silverware, diners use disks of injera, a spongy flatbread, to scoop up mouthfuls of the flavorful lamb, lentil, and fish dishes that emerge from the kitchen. Although the chefs keep their flavors close to home by making cottage cheese in-house and evaporating seawater in the ovens to make salt, they also seek out Ethiopian beers and wines for even more authentic flavors from the Horn of Africa.
Morris Miller's selection of wines, beers, and liquors lubricate parties and pair with a multitude of meals. A half-dozen wines give a potable pop to any party. The six pack of sippables includes a bottle each of Entrada's plum- and berry-infused 2009 cabernet sauvignon (a $10.99 value); Lote 44's smoky 2010 malbec (a $12.99 value); Front Porch's River View 2009 chardonnay (an $11.99 value); Indaba's 2010 chenin blanc (a $9.99 value); Excelsior's 2009 cabernet sauvignon (a $10.99 value); and the Mars and Venus 2009 merlot (a $12.99 value), which harvests interplanetary grapes in accordance with the laws of the Milky Way Trade Agreement. The Grey Goose (a $34.99 value) and Cristallino (a $12.99 value) set pairs an international vodka magnate with the brut bubbles of champagne in a reusable gift bag (a $3.99 value), ideal for toting home friends who've had enough to drink.
Edward Harlan Scott II owes his passion for hair design, at least in part, to his parents. As a musician, Scott's father emphasized creativity, and his mother stressed the importance of education and training for a career he would love. So, after arming himself with a pair of shears at the age of 14, Scott honed his skills at the Vidal Sassoon Academy of New York and the Graham Webb Academy. Today, he has been working in the fashion and beauty business for more than 20 years, educating for John Paul Mitchell Systems, contributing to numerous photo shoots, and traveling across the country to learn the latest techniques.
At his salon, Scott and his band of tress tamers put this extensive experience to use. Amid warm sunbeams and cool black accent furniture, they sculpt hair into dramatic styles, framing faces with accentuating color, readying brides for their big day, and using extensions to lengthen locks clipped short while head-banging next to a box fan.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.