Though people experiencing many different symptoms come to her office, the majority of patients seen by Dr. Ellen Edgar of Complete Neurological Care in Forest Hills suffer from recurring headaches or migraines.
“We have a good success rate in helping patients with headaches,” the doctor says, adding that they “usually feel better after two or three weeks. They see a big difference.”
While headaches are a primary complaint, Edgar also treats patients suffering from back and neck pain, memory problems, epileptic seizures, dementia and other neurological maladies.
Though there is no known cure for dementia, the doctor says she “can slow down the progression” of the ailment. She also offers treatments that could help prevent strokes, as well as post-stroke treatments.
Edgar is a second-generation neurologist whose grandparents were also doctors. She hails from the former Soviet Union and has been in practice for the past five years, the last two at the current location, she said.
Edgar said she received her training in neurology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and did a fellowship in neurophysiology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
A board-certified neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist, the doctor said she is affiliated with both Montefiore Medical Center and Saint Joseph’s Medical Center.
“I’m up on all treatments of neurology,” she said, indicating that she is equipped to treat patients with Botox, having received a year’s worth of training at a neuromuscular clinic.
The doctor said the effects of Botox treatments can last up to three or four months.
“We do all types of injections,” she said, including joint injections, nerve-block injections and trigger-point injections, the latter of which treat back and neck pain and muscle spasms.
“The majority of diagnostic tests are done in the office so the patient doesn’t have to travel,” Edgar said, making a visit to her office “very convenient.”
In addition to English, her staff of seven employees speaks Russian, Spanish and Hindi.
The doctor, who treats patients 15 years of age and older, said her office accepts all major insurance plans and that all treatments are covered.
Located at 108-48 70 Road in Forest Hills, Complete Neurological Care is open five days a week: from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment, call (718) 544-4200.
Twist It Top It Frozen Yogurt is serving yogurt and smiles at its new shop at 103-09 Metropolitan Ave. in Forest Hills.
Owners Angelo Gurino Sr., center, Joe Russo and Angelo Gurino Jr., center right, celebrated the grand opening of their second frozen yogurt shop with family members, celebrity Curtis Sliwa, center left, Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), far right, and CB 6 District Manager Frank Gulluscio, far left, on April 27.
The elder Gurino, who with his son and Russo, not pictured, also owns a yogurt shop in Howard Beach, said in addition to 14 flavors and an array of toppings, his shop will make customers feel at home.
“It’s a family-run business so we try to stay friendly with the customers,” he said.
The shop, which will be managed by Gurino Jr., handed out an estimated 600 free frozen yogurt cups at the grand opening.
It is impossible to express your love for the woman who raised you and made you who you are today through one day of recognition and a gift. Nonetheless, we should all put a little thought into a thank you — even though mom will probably say that it’s not necessary — and here are just a few ideas.
Woodside native Jim McAnn started what has become the most famous name in the floral industry, 1800Flowers, in 1971. Back then the idea of purchasing floral arrangements through a toll-free phone call was revolutionary. Over the years, McAnn has expanded his business to include all kinds of gift baskets.
When 1800Flowers began operations, every Queens neighborhood had several florists. But as with neighborhood bakeries and other shops, high rents and the internet have put many local florists out of business. Ironically, 1800Flowers is trying to revive the brick-and-mortar store, as it has opened shops in Howard Beach, Ridgewood, Astoria and Woodhaven.
Harry & David’s is known for its sweet confection gift baskets, but the company also has a fruit-of-the-month club for which you can buy a membership for mom.
Jewelry can run the gamut in price and quality. Ippolita.com sells glamorous earrings, necklaces and rings for a wide array of prices. Long Island jewelry designer Nancy Rosen has been working with Bravo’s “Housewives” franchise for years, and her Housewives Jewelry website has numerous offerings. She combines style with a sense of humor in her OC Elegance Statement Necklace, which contains Swarovski crystals. Nancy dubs this admittedly over-the-top look as the perfect present for a mom “who wants to look as if she is dripping in jewelry.”
New York designer Nophar Haimovitz has created somewhat less ostentatious jewelry with her Reason To Be Pretty collection (reasontobepretty.com) of embroidered rings, necklaces and earrings.
Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Kate Young are celebrities who have lent their names (all claim that they were in on the design process) to clothing and jewelry lines that are on sale at Kohl’s, Kmart and Target, respectively.
If mom is an adventurous type, check out liveworldly.com, a website that sells skirts, dresses, handbags and jewelry that reflect the cultures of such faraway places as Thailand, Brazil and Madagascar, among many others.
If you are going to buy mom jewelry, be sure to pick up a can of Colle, available at colleproducts.com, a cleaning mousse that keeps valuables from getting tarnished by age.
For those on tighter budgets, Aeropostale, Fossil and Lands End all offer quality clothing and various accessories. Watches are the most popular form of jewelry, and the great news is that companies such as Timex and Long Island City’s own Armitron produce quality timepieces for under $75 that look as if they cost three times that amount.
If you are willing to spend more to get a high quality timepiece, the House of Horology (hohwatches.com), founded by Forest Hills High School alum Lawrence Leyderman, has watches that rival Rolex and Tag Heuer but at less than half the cost of those respected high-end brands — though they’re every bit as good.
Handbags are always popular. Olivia & Joy makes fine clutches, satchels and totes. Vera Bradley is known for its lively cloth pocketbooks and weekend duffels. If you want a handwoven tote, log onto McKenzie-Childs.com. If a leather bag is more your mom’ s style, Kooba has plenty of options for you.
Tommy Hilfiger’s wife, Dee Ocleppo, is almost as famous in the handbag world for her designs as her husband is for his eponymous clothing line. Dee has also devoted a lot of her time and energy into finding a cure for autism. Now through Mother’s Day, her company will donate to the cause 100 percent of the proceeds from handbags that are purchased online at shop.autismspeaks.org.
There is no shortage of perfumes on the market, but choosing the right one is not easy. Sephora has a gift box that the company smartly calls “Favorites,” which contains perfumes from Dolce & Gabbana and Versace. Former Jackson Heights resident Tara Durkan started a fragrance company in LA called Dossage, and Dossage 8 for Her is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Chanel No. 5.
There was a time when one might feel self-conscious using any kind of skincare product. Not anymore. These days folks of all ages are using antiwrinkle cremes and antiaging serums.
There is no shortage of quality producers of these products, and that has led to competitive pricing in a very upscale industry. Avon’s Anew Clinical Absolute Even Multi-Tone Skin Corrector is a mouthful to say or write, but it purports to remove discoloration caused by freckles, acne from when you were a teen or a variety of recent dermatological problems. Dr. Brandt Skin Care products, founded by New York dermatologist Dr. Frederic Brandt, has a wide array of highly regarded moisturizers and facial cleansers.
For those who find comfort in the term “organic,” an Australian company, Nvey Eco, makes a full line of cosmetics free of any harmful chemicals.
BMR, Vbeaute, Clarins, Turo, Tilth Beauty, Dermelect, Glo Minerals, RejuveMD and Shiseido are also highly regarded companies that make quality dermatological products, but they can be pricy. A fairly new company, H20+, sells a “Skincare Must-Haves” package consisting of mineral scrub, makeup remover, toner, cleansing gel and mask for under $30 at Ulta, located in the Rego Center II mall.
Mineral Fusion is quietly rivaling Avon, Maybelline and Estee Lauder as a full-service manufacturer of beauty products, as it makes its own line of lipsticks, eye shadow, mascara, moisturizers, body lotions and shampoos. Mineral Fusion products are sold at Whole Foods and at MineralFusion.com. Other one-stop personal care websites are beauty.com and luvocracy.com.
Summer is coming, and that means so is sandals season. Ocean Minded and Havaianas both make sandals that can be worn as part of everyday fashion as well as on the beach. The same can be said for those durable clogs made by Crocs.
The arrival of warmer days means that the sun is out for more hours and that its rays are quite direct. Coola, Coppertone and Dr. Brandt all make sunscreens with high SPF counts that maximize skin protection.
Sunglasses are also a must, to prevent damage ocular damage. Mom will surely love fashionable Carrera shades. Newcomers such as Flutter, ICU, and Zeal also make fashionable eyewear at a fraction of the price of the bigger names in the optical industry.
Artwork makes for creative gifts. The MoMa Design Store sells prints, sculptures and other products such as dining ware and decorative clocks that can double as art. A new company called Grillie makes offbeat ornaments that can be attached to the grill of a car.
The days when only guys wore the apparel of their favorite sports teams are long in the past. It has been estimated by the various professional sports leagues that women comprise nearly 40 percent of their fan base. Reflecting that fact is that companies such as New Era, Sportiqe and NFL Women’s Apparel (which licenses to Victoria’s Secret and other retailers as well as selling its wares on the website of its corporate owner, the National Football League) make jerseys, T-shirts, jackets and caps specifically for women so that mom can show off her pride in her beloved teams.
Every mother deserves pampering combined with a change of scenery. There are a number of spa resorts located within a three-hour drive of Queens. The Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch, New Jersey is located a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean and thankfully was not badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Other nearby spa resorts are the Spa at Norwich Inn in Connecticut, and, for those in a New York State of mind, the Emerson Spa near Woodstock and the Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz.
The success of the Resorts World Casino at Aqueduct has forced both of Connecticut’s casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, to offer better entertainment, restaurants and spas as well as deals on hotel rooms. The same can be said for Atlantic City. While hipster types will want to flock to the Borgata or the under one-year-old Revel, my guess is that mom will feel more at home at the Trump Taj Mahal. The Taj may not have the bells and whistles of its newer rivals, but it’s easier to navigate and has terrific amenities such as a rooftop indoor pool with an outdoor deck to catch rays on a warm day. And yes, it has a spa as well.
If you want to give mom a change of scenery after Mother’s Day, here are some ideas.
South Florida hotels are heading into their off-season. The Turnberry Isle in the Aventura section of Miami-Dade County and the nearby Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Broward County both offer heavily discounted golf, spa, food and room packages, compared with the December through early April peak season.
Of course when you think of South Florida, you think about its gorgeous beaches. You couldn’t blame mom if she wanted to just wanted to relax on the sands of a luxury property. In the Palm Beach area, you can’t do better than the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach, which is located in the town of Manalapan. If mom wants to be treated like a queen in the heart of the Miami Beach action, she can choose between the Ritz-Carlton South Beach, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, and, without argument the most famous hotel name in Miami Beach history, the Fontainebleau.
An alternative to staying in the hustle-bustle of Miami Beach while still having easy access to it is offered by any of the fairly new resorts located five miles north on Collins Avenue in the city of Sunny Isles Beach. Not only is Sunny Isles Beach quieter but it has a neighborhood feel with supermarkets, local stores, restaurants and public transportation similar to that of Queens.
You can’t enjoy the beach without having quality swimwear. Jantzen and Nautica are great for basic bathing suits, but if you want mom to feel like a celebrity at the resort, Marie France van Dame and Sophia Graydon both sell high-end resort apparel and sleepwear as well.
The tradewinds that grace the United States Virgin Islands serve as a buffer against summer heat and humidity. The Caneel Bay Rosewood Resort and the St. John’s Westin Resort both have pristine sandy beaches on the sparkling blue water of the Caribbean Sea.
Now that Queens’ own JetBlue has started daily service to Albuquerque, NM, you may want to send mom to the La Posada de Santa Fe Resort & Spa (Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, is an hour drive from Albuquerque). This charming Southwest city is renowned for its art and culture. Its arid climate and high elevation make Santa Fe an ideal getaway from the sweltering New York summer heat and humidity. La Posada is a charming adobe-style property that is in keeping with the area’s heritage.
While that disastrous Carnival cruise in the Gulf of Mexico this past winter rightfully garnered a lot of bad press, vacation cruises are more popular than ever, as the excitement that greeted the arrival of Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Breakaway, into New York this week proved.
The biggest danger about cruises, however, is that if you or a loved one such as mom gets seriously ill, there is a good chance that the services of an air-medical transport will be needed and the cost can begin in the five digits. Medjet Assist sells memberships for its services that greatly reduce these costs. You can think of Medjet as a cross between an insurance company and an auto club such as the American Automobile Association.
Of course mom can have a lot of fun just staying in our area. The Spirit of New York, which docks at Chelsea Piers, may not be the Breakaway, but its three-hour dinner cruise and cabaret entertainment has made it a popular venue for celebrations of all kinds. World Yacht, located four blocks west of Times Square at Pier 81, also has brunch and dinner cruises.
The warmer weather makes it easier to get around and enjoy New York’s many attractions, such as taking a boat ride around town on the Circle Line, going to the Empire State Building Observatory and visiting our world-famous museums such as the Metropolitan, MoMA, Natural History and the Guggenheim. Both CityPASS and its chief competitor, New York Pass, sell booklets or cards that will allow mom and a guest access to all of the aforementioned for a price far less than the total of paying for each attraction individually. The trick is that you have a limited amount of time, anywhere from three to nine days, once you get started.
Happy Mother’s Day to all!
So, you’ve made it through the cold, drafty winter, and thoughts of stiflingly hot summer days are beginning to whirl around in your head.
Whatever the climate, now just might be the perfect time to consider replacing the windows and doors in your home or business. And the perfect place to get them is right here in Queens.
According to Steven Yu, marketing manager for Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd., located in Flushing, the company’s Low-e (low thermal emissivity) glass “is able to keep heat out and maintain cold air in the room. Therefore, the AC doesn’t need to work as hard. And when next winter comes, it’s able to keep cold air out and warm air in.”
And, Yu points out, “Most homeowners do no realize this, but they’re not that much more expensive than a no-frills base window.”
Yu also recommends Energy Star-rated windows and doors for “maximum savings year-round.”
In fact, he estimates that homeowners “should see a 10 to 15 percent reduction in their utility bills compared to old drafty windows.”
Yu is particularly proud that Crystal products have been touted on A&E’s “Flipping Boston” TV show on real estate sales.
“Last year, we were approached by the producers,” he said. “We came to an agreement to be the exclusive window sponsor on the entire series. We have been featured in eight episodes so far.”
Yu said that Crystal has four manufacturing locations around the country and is listed among the top 40 window and door manufacturers in the nation.
The Queens-based site is the largest in New York State, Yu said.
Each order is custom-made, he explained, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. No project is too large or too small, he added.
Crystal has been in business since 1990. After undergoing several upgrades, Yu said, the company moved to its current site in Flushing in 2000.
The location serves not only as a manufacturing center but also as a showroom for potential customers. Anyone considering replacing windows or doors is welcome to stop in.
Yu pointed out, however, that “we do not provide installation. We sell directly to contractors, not to homeowners.”
If a homeowner has not already chosen a contractor for a particular job, an employee at Crystal will gladly make a referral, Yu said.
Once an order is placed, Yu said, it will be ready in approximately two weeks.
Besides saving energy, “getting new windows and doors enhances home value for better resale value down the road,” Yu pointed out. “Replacing windows not only looks good, but provides year-round savings on utility bills. Now is the perfect time.”
In addition to its residential offerings, Crystal also manufactures products for commercial and architectural projects.
Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd. is located at 31-10 Whitestone Expressway in Flushing. For more information, visit the company online at crystalwindows.com or call (718) 961-7300. For referrals, dial extension 6.
If you’re ever in the vicinity of Rego Park and catch a glimpse of what appears to be a man in a monkey suit in the middle of Woodhaven Blvd. brandishing a sign that reads, “Hairy is scary,” chances are you’re not hallucinating.
You’re probably just witnessing the advertising brainchild of John Corona, owner of nearby Velvet Effect Lasers, a hair removal and cosmetic clinic.
“I’ve been dying to do it for the longest time,” he said.
While the stunt is all in good fun, it’s clear that Corona takes his business quite seriously.
A self-described entrepreneur who became interested in matters of hair removal “through personal endeavors of removing my own hair,” he set up shop three-and-a-half years ago.
The name of the company, he explained, can be traced to research he did while skimming through a thesaurus for a suitable synonym for the word “smooth.”
“I wanted to find something catchy,” he said. “And velvety means smooth. And after you use a laser, you get that effect.”
According to Corona, the most popular treatments he offers are, of course, laser treatments for hair removal.
Corona made it clear that the treatments do not result in permanent hair removal but in reduction in hair re-growth.
Following an average of six treatments, clients can expect a reduction of between 60 and 90 percent of their hair, he said.
After that, they would be expected to return for periodic touch-ups, he added.
“Seventy percent respond well” to the treatments, he estimated.
“It’s hard to tell exactly the results they will get,” he said. “But this is the best method of managing hair growth.”
Corona said his clinic uses the Alexandrite Laser, considered by some to be the most effective for hair removal on certain types of skin.
In addition, Corona said that he and his two laser technicians, all of whom he said have been certified following completion of a 40-hour training class, “do test spots to increase the delivery of light, which provides higher-than-average results.”
The clinic has a total of four employees, Corona said.
Also popular with customers are treatments involving Botox and Juvederm, facial fillers that are designed to soften, respectively, fine line wrinkles and deep folds in the skin.
Corona indicated that when either of the two prescription injectibles is used, the procedure is performed by a nurse practitioner under medical supervision.
According to Corona, over 10,000 people have been served by his clinic since it opened. He said that, on average, between 15 and 27 customers are treated per day. Of this total, Corona estimated that 80 percent have been women.
As for possible side effects, which could include blisters and hyper- and hypo-pigmentation, Corona called them “very rare.”
Velvet Effect Lasers is located at 62-85 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park.
Its hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
For further information, visit laservelvet.com or call 718-505-2737.
Gone are the days when a trip to the hairdresser and a little rouge on the cheeks were enough preparation to face the world!
Today, women — and men — in search of perennial youth and enhanced looks can visit places like Dolce Aesthetics NY, a medical spa at 87-47 Myrtle Ave. in Glendale, for treatments ranging from chemical peels and microdermabrasion to liquid face lifts and lip augmentation.
Jennifer DiLandro, a registered nurse who owns and runs Dolce, said that over the past eight years she has treated thousands of patients and has seen them not only “look more beautiful,” but “stand straighter, look you in the eye more and exude confidence” following one or more of the procedures.
The mission of Dolce, which opened last November, is to “provide service excellence to all our customers and help you feel and look your absolute best. We pride ourselves with professionalism and pristine quality care to all.”
Under the supervision of medical director Dr. Jean Compas, Dolce has a staff of about six, according to DiLandro, including an aesthetician, permanent makeup artist and office staff.
DiLandro hopes to see the company expand into “the medical end of the cosmetics practice” in the near future.
With many of the staff and clients affected by Hurricane Sandy, DiLandro said that business got off to “a little bit of a slow start, but we’re flourishing. We have a lot of new clients. Now we’re doing very well.”
According to DiLandro, Botox treatments are the most popular, and go for the special new-client rate of $150.
“It’s very noninvasive and works very well,” she said. “It’s been around for a long time. People are comfortable with it.”
And the results last for about four months, she said.
Also in high demand are Juvederm facial fillers ($450), which, DiLandro explained, “replenish collagen and vitalize the face,” and can last for a year or longer.
Men, who she said comprise about 30 percent of her clientele, are heavily into chemical peels ($50) and facials ($75), as well as Botox treatments.
“In the last few years, it’s become more mainstream. Everything’s about youth and beauty. Men are in the same boat as women, especially in the workforce,” she said.
Customers range in age from their 20s through around 80, she said.
DiLandro and Compas have worked together for about five years, though DiLandro has been restoring faces for several years longer. She holds the highest injector level status, Expert Level V, bestowed by the companies that trained her in aesthetic treatments. Still, she said she continues to attend classes. “We always know the cutting edge,” she said. “I go to two or three courses a year.” Sometimes, her company’s office is used as a training site.
“It’s very important to feel good,” she said, suggesting that spa treatments “do wonders for the brain as well.”
The best part, she said, is that the treatments are “not permanent, noncommittal. It’s not like surgery. There is minimal risk.”
One down side, however, is that, as elective procedures, the treatments are not covered by insurance.
Hours for Dolce Aesthetics NY are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays; and by appointment on Sundays. The spa is closed Mondays. For further information or to make an appointment, call (718) 365-2369 or visit dolceaestheticsny.com.
Kitchen Kraft was a well-known fixture in the Ozone Park neighborhood for nine years when its owners decided to relocate to Rego Park six years ago. Seizing an opportunity to situate themselves in the center of Queens to better serve the entire borough was a no-brainer. The new location at 89-17 Metropolitan Avenue is just one block off Woodhaven Boulevard at the intersection of Cooper Avenue.
The owners of Kitchen Kraft have weathered much adversity in the past and have helped many of their clients renovate their homes after catastrophies like house fires and flooding but they never thought they would number themselves among the victims until hurricane Sandy hit. In the aftermath of the storm, thousands of homeowners were overwhelmed by the devastation and the monumental task of the massive cleanup and restoration they needed to do to get their lives back to normal.
Though the first floor and basement of their own home was destroyed during the storm at a time when their customers needed them the most, the owners of Kitchen Kraft got right to work to helping the storm victims. Never ones to cower from adversity, they managed to find the strength and gumption to assist hundreds of storm victims with restoring their homes while they, themselves, were still living without electricity and heat. These are the kind of caring and understanding people you will find to assist you when you visit Kitchen Kraft!
The store carries budget and designer kitchen cabinets; all types of ceramic, porcelain and stainless steel sinks; thousands of styles and colors of granite countertops; dozens of types of interior doors; a great selection of fine bathroom vanities and ceramic fixtures; unique decorative metal, wood and ceramic hardware; thousands of laminate and ceramic countertops in a myriad of styles and colors, quality bath and kitchen elements to suit any budget and so much more!
Their attentive staff takes their time to sit down with you and help you design the bath or kitchen of your dreams. Stop in and make an appointment for them to come to your home to take custom measurements and then they’ll create a computerized custom-designed kitchen or bath just for you, which they will also flawlessly install to your satisfaction.
Kitchen Kraft is located at 89-17 Metropolitan Avenue in Rego Park and is open seven days a week. They accept all major credit cards and can be reached by calling (718) 897-1210.
All customers, whatever they’re buying, hope to deal with an honest salesperson. The reality, though, is that too often a salesperson doesn’t care about helping the customer make an informed decision. Tom Dipietro, who with his son Chris, owns Auction Outlet of Jamaica, is not one of those. Dipietro not only promises high-quality materials for home improvement projects, but to be direct and honest with the customer.
Auction Outlet, now celebrating its 21st year, has all your home improvement needs, including all-wood interior and exterior doors and materials for floors, walls and kitchens.
While they excel in delivering high-quality materials for all your home needs, Dipietro says that kitchen cabinets are their specialty. They sell cabinets from the top makers, including Bruce, CNC, Forevermark, Major and Majestic. Auction Outlet deals with wood 99 percent of the time, promising to not substitute cheap knockoffs. In their own words, “No flakeboard, no masonite, no hardboard.”
“Kitchen cabinets are our main bread and butter,” said Dipietro.
Right now, he noted, one popular finish is espresso. “It’s very eclectic looking,” he said.
Also popular are the classics like cherry and maplewood.
A big box store might offer similar products, but Dipietro promises that unlike those, Auction Outlet of Jamaica, also known as Auction Outlet of Queens Village, makes customer service the top priority. “I cannot emphasize enough how important customer service is,” he said. “We walk the customer through anything, from the beginning of the project to the end.
“It doesn’t have to be shake his hand at the end of the sale and that’s it,” he added. “If you have a question, pick up the phone.”
Also unlike the big box stores, which might weigh down a customer with extra charges, Auction Outlet never does.
“Everything is legitimately discounted,” Dipietro said. “Customer service is the one thing that we can offer down to a personal level with the buyer.”
Even if something is not available, Dipietro will point you in the right direction for whatever kitchen materials you need.
“I’ll never steer you wrong. If I can’t get it for you, I will send you somewhere where you can get it, even if it is a competitor,” he said.
In celebration of their 21 years in business, Auction Outlet will be offering full kitchens at 20 percent off as a part of their March sales.
“People that come here, I take care of them,” Dipietro reiterated. “You want to create a relationship for the customer for life. I’ll never lie to you; I’ll always be honest.”
Auction Outlet of Jamaica is located at 215-10 Hempstead Ave. in Queens Village. They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached by phone at (718) 479-1200, by fax at (718) 479-1406 or by email at email@example.com. And they’re online at auctionoutletqv.com, where more of the beautiful products they offer can be seen.
Getting the right gift for that special someone on Valentine’s Day, or for any romantic occasion, is never easy. Here are some ideas that just might help.
We may as well start with those reliable standbys, flowers and chocolates.
Woodside native Jim McCann started his company 1-800-Flowers during America’s bicentennial celebration in 1976, and it’s become to the floral industry what McDonald’s is to fast food restaurants. Despite its name, a visit to the 1800flowers.com website shows that the company has expanded from bouquets and now competes with such full-service online gift vendors as Amazon, Ideeli, QVC and HSN.
Mass chocolate producers such as Godiva, Ghirardelli, Ferrero Rocher and See all make tasty confections. Norman Love Confections, out of Naples, Fla., has a wide array of candies as well.
Long Island City has quietly become a hotspot for chocolate manufacturers as it is the home to two rising companies, Gnosis and Antidote, both of whom make cacao products that are rich in anti-oxidants.
Harry & David’s moose munch has always been one of my guilty pleasures, but the company has expanded into healthier fare such as nuts and fruits, and even offers a Fruit of the Month club membership for those who enjoy trying different types of apples, berries, grapes, cherries and citrus.
Valentine’s Day has quietly approached New Year’s Eve as an important sales holiday for the spirits industry. Red wines are a natural for setting a romantic mood, and medical studies indicate that moderate imbibing of reds is good for heart health. I like a full-bodied mild wine that is not bitter to sip. My favorite American red is Benton-Lane Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Another red wine that I recommend is d’Alessandro’s Nero d’Avola Syrah from Sicily.
For those who like more traditional alcohols, here are some more choices. Stolichnaya, Svedka, Skyy, Grey Goose and Smirnoff have long been household names for vodka. New Zealand’s Broken Shed is a newcomer whose smooth taste is perfect for creating a tasty screwdriver. If you want to enjoy a vodka that is easy to sip without having to mix it with another beverage, try Smirnoff’s Kissed Caramel.
Margaritas are quickly approaching screwdrivers in terms of popularity. Jose Cuervo even has a line of ready-to-serve margaritas right out of the bottle. For those who prefer making their own margaritas from scratch, try Jose Cuervo’s Especial Tequila Gold, Don Julio’s Anejo, Herradura, El Jimador or Partida Tequila.
If you are curious about Japanese booze, try either Ty Ku Sake or Yamazaki Whisky.
Of course, if you are serious about whisky you have to go with either Johnnie Walker or Macallan.
If softer spirits are more your style, Valentine’s Day is a great time to sample liquers such as Disaronno Originale, Baileys Old Irish Creme, Kahlua, Hennessy Cognac, Cointreau and, for those who really savor sweetness, Godiva Chocolate Liquer. LeSutra has recently introduced a champagne-style sparkling liqueur.
One of the best kept secrets in the fragrance business is that colognes have been rivaling perfumes in terms of industry gross sales. Avon signed up Yankees captain Derek Jeter to slap his name on its Driven line. Likewise Cloudbreak made sure to make both a men’s and women’s line when it got a license from the Bronx Bombers and Major League Baseball to create NY Yankees Fragrance. Two newcomers who deserve to break through the crowded fragrance market are Emeshel and Dossage, the latter of which was launched by former Jackson Heights resident Tara Durkan. Tara showed a nice sense of humor with her company’s men’s and women’s Dossage 8, which is a tongue-in-cheek play on the iconic Chanel No. 5. Fluer d’Amour is a French perfume that has a rich musk and Mediterranean citrus scent.
Of course when it comes to high-quality but very reasonably priced fragrance products that have names that make you smile, no company can approach Demeter Fragrances. Demeter was started and is still run by long-suffering season Mets ticket holder Mark Crames. Among the scents in Demeter’s sizable library are Vanilla Cake Batter, Sneakers, Funeral Home, Riding Crop, Dirt and Sex on the Beach.
Skincare products are catching up to fragrances in terms of sales volume. Baby boomers have always taken pride in trying to look as youthful as possible. Succeeding generations are very much aware of the importance of taking care of one’s appearance. Even the most macho of guys is now using moisturizers, cleansers, body butters and anti-aging serums. Clarins, Avon, Jack Black (not the comedy actor), Burt’s Bees, Shiseido, Turo and Jan Marini all have skin care lines for men.
Newer names in the skin care products industry that are manufacturing high-end products are Dr. Brandt’s, Tilth Beauty, Vbeaute, Doctors Skin Prescriptions, Merlot Skin Care, Bio-Logical, and Glo, which also makes a number of colorful lipsticks and nail polishes.
Long Island jewelry designer Nancy Rosen has added more pieces to her Housewives Jewelry line, named in honor of those delightfully self-absorbed women of Bravo’s various “Real Housewives” reality series. Jill Zarin, who starred in “The Real Housewives of New York” a few years ago, has both her own clothing and jewelry companies. A great product to have to keep your jewelry from looking tarnished is Shine by Colle. Shine is a mousse that rejuvenates your valuables.
Watches are the most popular form of jewelry because of both their practicality and wide-ranging price points. Fossil, G-Shock, Timex and Long Island City-based Armitron produce fashionable timepieces that won’t break anyone’s budget. If you want to spend a little more but get a lot of luxury in return, check out the House of Horology timepieces. The company was started by Forest Hills High alum Lawrence Leyderman.
Handbags also run the gamut in terms of price and quality. Vera Bradley’s cloth bags have long been a favorite because of their lightness and decorative designs. Tvachia, a company based in Atlanta, makes premium leather bags and clutches that run anywhere from $150 to $300. If you want to get a less formal bag, Desigual and Paul Frank both make fun and durable totes.
Lingerie is an acceptable present as long as your relationship is beyond dating, and it’s no shock that the Kardashians have put their name on intimate apparel. The Kardashian Kollection is sold exclusively at Sears. Betsey Johnson was one of the pioneers of the downtown New York new wave fashion scene in the 1980s, and she is still going strong with her Betsey Johnson Intimates, which cover the spectrum from pajamas to bathrobes to romantic nightwear.
Kumi Kookoon is a company that specializes in silk products from robes and pajamas that would please Playboy founder Hugh Hefner to sheets and pillowcases. Bedding and nightwear do not get more romantic than these products.
For more options, log onto the website myintimacy.com.
If you want to play it a bit safer, you can’t go wrong getting a present for the home. Lands’ End has a large selection of pillows, decorative candles, bean bag chairs and linen towels. The Museum of Modern Art Design Store has everything from paintings to vases to earrings and clocks.
Sunglasses have always been important for vision and they have increasingly become a fashion statement. ICU and Zeal Optics have quickly become inexpensive alternatives to high-quality but pricey brands such as Ray-Ban and Oakley. If you are not sure what kind of sunglasses to get, you can’t go wrong getting a gift certificate from a Solstice boutique.
Getting in shape is the most popular resolution that gets made at New Year’s. One way to keep that promise is to buy fashionable athletic wear. Sportiqe has fashionable hoodie sweatshirts and T-shirts that are perfect for a brisk run or walk. Athletic Recon is a new company out of Newport Beach, Calif. that makes jackets, running shorts and workout pants. Working out with someone special makes exercise less of a chore.
Technological products are always useful. The Amazon Kindle Fire is a small tablet that allows you to download books and access the Internet. Lenovo, Acer, Samsung and Motorola all make fairly inexpensive tablets that are far more portable than laptops. Samsung’s Galaxy Note II has been labeled a “phablet” by many of its users because it’s larger than a traditional cell phone, which makes its screen and keypad easier to work than those on an iPhone. Samsung officials shy away from using the term “phablet” for some reason.
In this world of email and tweets, there is something to be said for old-school stationery and writing someone a letter with a Parker Pen. Calligraphy should not be a dying art. Both Bonnie Marcus and Seltzer Goods have created a large selection of clever cards and notepaper to help make a meaningful impression on someone.
New York has long had a reputation for not only being an exciting city that never sleeps but for also being a romantic one. Spirit Cruises offers superb dining and on-board entertainment as you sail around New York City after you embark from Chelsea Piers. Statue Cruises has boat rides to both Ellis Island and, of course, the Statue of Liberty. Manhattan by Sail provides a great way to both sightsee and learn how to sail. There is an America’s Cup fantasy in a lot of us. I would suggest that you wait for the weather to warm up before trying it, however.
CityPASS and its rival New York PASS are companies that sell cards that you can purchase that allow you to visit a number of museums and other points of interest, and even enjoy a ride on the venerable Circle Line, for one all-inclusive price. The catch is that you have to do it within a very limited amount of time depending on the card that you purchase.
A fun, though occasionally painful experience if it’s done right, to have a his-and-hers massage at a top-flight spa such as The Red Door Spa, Spa Merge, Spa Martier, and the Mandarin Oriental at Columbus Circle.
After seeing a show or concert, grab a nightcap at the Two-E Lounge at the posh Hotel Pierre across the street from Central Park. My suggestion is to try one of their molecular cocktails.
But although New York may be the greatest city in the world, we all need to escape it every now and then.
If you don’t mind the cold, Montreal has a lot of Paris’ charms but it’s a lot closer and a lot less expensive.
The Umstead Hotel is a five-star resort located in the Raleigh, NC suburb of Cary. Its Heron Restaurant is one of the Southeast’s best, as is its spa. Just as Montreal is an hour-long flight north of LaGuardia, Raleigh is an hour’s flight south of it.
The Grande Colonial Hotel in the San Diego coastal neighborhood of La Jolla is celebrating its centennial this spring. Its warm staff make you feel as if you are the owner of the hotel. The Grande Colonial is a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean, which means that you get a great view of the sunset as well as being able to see the seals and sea lions who call La Jolla Cove home.
South Florida always has understandable appeal this time of year. The Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan, a suburb of Palm Beach, has a scrumptuous Sunday brunch and top-notch amenities. Down I-95 in Miami Beach, the South Beach Ritz-Carlton has just undergone a $10 million room renovation. Its Di Lido Restaurant is located literally on the beach and has won numerous culinary awards.
I have always had a soft spot for Sunny Isles Beach, located five miles north of the Ritz-Carlton on Collins Avenue. This area has undergone a world of changes from its Motel Row days. Sadly, the Rascal House, its famous deli, is long gone, as are most of the affordable mom-and-pop lodges. There are still a few of the old names such as the Golden Strand, the Thunderbird and the Newport, but their neighbors are now posh hotel high-rises such as the Acqualina and the Trump (the Donald licenses his name to Miami hotel magnate Michael Dezer.) Sunny Isles is located closer to Fort Lauderdale Airport than to the more congested Miami International.
Queens’ own JetBlue services Raleigh, San Diego and Fort Lauderdale with frequent daily flights.
If you still are undecided about what to do for Valentine’s Day, here is one last idea. A company called Box of Kisses has his-and-hers gift box sets for $36 that contain cologne or perfume, skin lotion and a card game that when played leads to lots of kisses.
Sounds like a plan to me.
Having surgery can be a scary proposition for most people, that’s why it is important to consult an experienced, trustworthy physician. There is perhaps no one that embodies both those qualities more than Dr. Sang Pak, a general surgeon practicing in Queens for the past 13 years.
Pak recently completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery. That advanced training allows him to care for complex cases with minimally invasive techniques in laparoscopy.
The scope of his practice encompasses all aspects of general surgery — gall bladder, stomach, hernias and intestinal complaints, along with soft-tissue surgery. He employs all methods for treating hemorrhoids, including innovative in-office laser procedures. Pak also performs in-office soft tissue surgery for lump removal.
His offices are managed by his wife, Joy, a certified operating room registered nurse. Pak’s staffers can translate for both Spanish- and Korean-speaking clients.
“The patients are amazed by the personal attention they get at this office,” Joy Pak said. “I know every patient. I speak to them face-to-face. They have my name, the office number and my cell phone number. They can talk to me day or night. They don’t get transferred around to a dozen different people. Either I or Dr. Pak speaks directly to them.”
Many patients experience quick recoveries as a result of Pak’s innovative in-office procedures, which save clients the hassle, expense and longer recovery time often experienced at hospitals.
Pak, who is on staff at New York Hospital Queens, has two borough locations — one at 163-32 Northern Blvd, Suite 2F, in Flushing and the other at 108-10 72 Ave. in Forest Hills.
Patients can see Dr. Pak the same-day and Saturday appointments are available. He accepts most insurance. For an appointment, call (718) 762-5520 for his Flushing office and (718) 986-3133 for Forest Hills.