we provide an opportunity to get a great workout with your dog, while simultaneously working on basic obedience throughout the hour.
Heaven Scent is a blend of an alternative-medicine clinic, the Canadian Institute of Alternative Medicine, a full-service spa, and a new-age store providing supplies to both licensed holistic-health professionals and health-conscious customers. Its founder, Christine Richards, established Heaven Scent because she wanted to open a place where the local community could go for all its alternative-medicine needs, eliminating the need for people to fly to China every time they sneezed.
With the belief that pharmaceutical medicine isn’t the only path to vitality and fitness, Heaven Scent’s holistic health experts practice more than 50 alternative-medicine treatments that bolster the body without invasive procedures. Chinese acupuncture and zen stone massages facilitate the body’s natural healing processes, and nutritional counselling equips clients with the know-how to fuel their bio-motors with healthy foods instead of deep-fried candy canes. Powerful magnets, aromatics, detoxes, and reiki massages aid staff members in levelling out their clients’ internal systems.
Marrying two pastimes that often meander hand-in-hand, Featherfields offers bird lovers and gardeners a veritable playground full of high-end gear that caters to each hobby. The friendly staffers help navigate the extensive selection of garden supplies, which includes decorative items, planting pots and containers, and tools such as the worm-deflecting Mud Gloves gardening gloves ($10.99). Bribe feathered friends for flying advice with a squirrel-proof bird feeder ($26.99) or hummingbird feeder ($23.99). Customers can also direct the pampering instinct inwards with Naked Bee personal-care products, (starting at $3.99), as well as cockle-warming organic teas ($7.99–$13.99) and Nude Bee honey ($8.99–$11.99).
Paws and Claws prides itself as a comprehensive stop for all furry friends. At each location, owners can bring along their creatures to find ample supplies to feed and entertain them, such as a large selection of toys and treats. Their knowledgeable staff includes professional groomers and retail specialists trained in the ways of pet nutrition and hygiene, as well as a consulting veterinarian who keeps the business up-to-date on animal-health trends. This commitment to enhancing the quality and longevity of pet lifespans is also apparent in Paws and Claws' donations to animal charities and adoption efforts.
Birds chirp and leaves rustle as pups trot down the nature trail. Water splashes as dogs bound through the agility course at the in-ground swimming hole known as Canine Cove. Country Paws Boarding's rural retreat sprawls over 6,000 square feet, where daycare charges burn pent-up energy in several quarter-acre play yards, keeping them from using their owners' shoes for origami projects when they get home. Overnight guests enjoy private suites with covered patios, and grooming sessions can be scheduled to keep dogs looking clean and fresh.
For Salon Dion's stylists, knowledge is power. From following trends around the globe to seeking out new training and techniques, their everlasting quest to expand their skills has resulted in work at New York Fashion Week and the Miss Michigan pageant, as well as various television appearances and photo shoots. But they primarily use their talents on clients seated at the salon’s BlowDry Bar. Here, they check scalp conditions, then address any problems with treatments tailored to each customer. The team's expertise also extends to chic haircuts, current color trends, customized facials, bridal services, and expert waxing designed to provide brows with the exact amount of arch needed to play a supervillain.
Brimming with jewelry and accessories made by the hands of local crafters, Shabby2Chic outfits wardrobes with a constantly shape-shifting collection of stylish hats, scarves, belts, and more. Draw attention away from misguided facial tattoos with a handmade necklace-and-earring combination ($22) or pay homage to spring with a vibrantly hued floral-themed broach ($14). A round, silvery ring wraps ring fingers in a constant embrace without skin harming materials such as nickel or lead ($8) and an energetically spangled purse shelters billfolds, makeup cases, and scale models of dresser drawers ($20). Shabby2Chic Boutique also carries a consistently rotating selection of consignment items to fill in gaping wardrobe holes.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
Sit Puppy Sit's founder, Tammy, has been breeding dogs since 2004. She knows what it takes to break them of bad habits, to crate train them, and to socialize them with both people and other dogs. And she can do all of that over the phone—or through face-to-face computer technology such as Skype, Google Hangout, or FaceTime. She knows it seems unorthodox, but she has seen great success with her method, and her clients love that they can consult with her on a quick lunch break or during one of their kids' after-school activities.
Tammy's prep classes help prepare people for a new dog and discuss why new puppies do what they do. For instance, she teaches people that a young puppy won't fetch a ball thrown to the side not because it disdains such a futile activity but because its eye-tracking speed is too slow to follow a ball that fast. She also teaches pet owners how to teach their dogs basic commands and social skills, as well as how to teach them more advanced skills, such as calmly riding along in a canoe.
Certified groomer and foreign-trained veterinary technician Sam Gerges loves animals so much that, in addition to caring for their health, he'll also put them up for the night. As the owner of pet daycare and dog-boarding facility Winston and Friendz, he leads a team of well-trained staff who supervise as pets spend the night in a private room or frolic in a fenced-in play area. The daycare center also keep its four-legged visitors fueled for play with a selection of homemade treats and dog cakes.
Dogs seem to love getting dirty but hate getting clean. The team at Max the Dog Wash streamlines the process. Waist-high tubs let owners comfortably wash their dogs, scrubbing out fur with brushes and raking out tangles that are havens for dirt in a chorus of gentle splashing sounds and baritone barks. After bath time, owners can reward their best friends with dog treats made in the shop or pictures from the mailman’s awkward high-school years.
Pet professional duo Julia and Matt believe that every animal needs and deserves a wealth of mental and physical stimulation. The pair draws on more than two decades of collective experience—including time spent working at a vet’s office and assisting with canine agility training—as they exercise, play with, and care for pets. In addition to walking pets and feeding fish, the professionals perform basic grooming services, such as bathing canines and trimming their nails.
Need Some Sun also outfits furry friends with eco-conscious products with an online selection of merchandise. Shoppers browse toys made from recycled materials and pick up treats made from organic ingredients—the type of foods that can keep help cats and dogs healthy enough to bounce right back after falling from the sky during torrential rainstorms.
Homes lack the opposable thumbs needed to clean themselves. That's why the insured technicians of My Girl Home Services step in to perform routine and one-time residential cleanups. Clients can also ask a technician for more complicated errands, such as pet care, grocery shopping, and bulletproofing the mailbox.
After years of frustration dealing with her pets’ health ailments, certified pet-food consultant Chris Schaeffer discovered the benefits of holistic, natural animal care. Inspired by her experiences, she went on to establish Creature Comfort in 2003, helping owners nurture their pets with natural, herbal, and homeopathic dog and cat foods and holistic health products.
In addition to meticulously researching each product that lines the long aisles of her spacious, colourful store, Chris and her experienced staff assist customers with product choices, and also offer services such as free nutritional consultations and nail trimming. Committed to supporting pets in need, Creature Comfort holds regular fundraising events to support animal-rescue organizations, and Chris is often willing to give a job to any animal that asks politely.
At Bubbles N' Barks, owner Louis George leads his caring staff in glamorizing dogs of all shapes, stripes, and sizes with thorough grooming services. Pint-sized Pomeranians and regal golden retrievers alike emerge from baths with clipped nails, pristine fur, and clean ears with a renewed appreciation for dog whistle symphonies. Alternatively, owners can soak pets themselves with Bubbles N' Barks' do-it-yourself dog-washing stations. The shop's line of branded shirts, hoodies, and hats keeps human patrons looking as sharp as their pup compatriots.