Each dog must be vaccinated, free from parasites, and spayed or neutered if seven months of age or older. If your pooch is a certified chubby cheeker, bring a bag of food and the staff will gladly feed the dog lunch. If Fido comes home and says he had a blast at daycare, surprise him with a birthday or holiday party (not included in the cost of today's Groupon) with all of his friends.
World champion equestrian Risë Jones owns Spring Valley and personally oversees every lesson, providing a level of classical training that has yielded several show circuit competitive students. Students of all experience levels will benefit from Jones' expertise and discipline, as well as the fun and safe environment complete with PVC fenced, lighted riding arena, four lesson horses, and four lesson ponies, though students are welcome to bring an obligingly saddled neighbor. Lessons can also be scheduled with a group of up to four, making this the perfect holiday gift for an entire posse of hard-to-shop for, rein-less vigilantes.
In 1981, B&B Pet Stop paired pet owners with furry friends and items to care for them from a 600-square-foot location. Since then, the store has expanded to 24 times its original size—B&B now fills every nook and cranny of a massive 14,400-square-foot store. But one thing hasn’t changed; it’s still run by Bill Trufant and his sisters Sally and Mary. The trio’s pet emporium stocks everything from Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals cat and dog food and Nylabone chew toys to cages and vitamins for birds.
The Trufants and their dedicated staff don’t just equip pet owners with supplies; they also supply the pets themselves, hosting so many critters that children take field trips to the shop the way they might visit a zoo. More than 2,600 gallons of salt water aquariums include a live coral system and a reef display, creating a home for saltwater swimmers, such as pygmy angelfish and crabs. Nearby, red-tail sharks, firemouth cichlids, and other creatures frolic in more than 6,000 gallons of fresh water. The shop also sells more than 800 reptiles and more than 12,000 small animals each year, as well as a fleet of birds. For particularly dedicated caregivers, a selection of rarer, more high-maintenance animals is available, including hedgehogs, which demand a homemade cake thrice a day.
B&B Pet Stop’s dedication to animals extends to community-outreach initiatives. For instance, you have the option to round up your purchase price, donating the change to monthly rotating charities, including Animal Rescue Foundation and the Mobile Arts Council. This idea has raised nearly $100,000 in just five years.
Models strut in sweaters and cold-weather gear across poured concrete floors, where small crowds gather to admire, coo, and refasten leashes on the four-legged centerfolds shopping at Goin’ to The Dogs. The pet mecca brims with holistic eats and treats from brands such as Natural Balance and Blue Buffalo, and a variety of collars from Up Country and Pawsitively Purrfect deck fuzz-covered necks in style. Toys by Planet Dog and other brands skitter across the floor to a self-wash station for cats and dogs, where raised stainless steel tubs grant owners easy access to underbellies with deluxe shampoos, soft towels, and a professional-grade dryer to pamper fur and cut down on wind resistance during tail-chasing marathons. Goin’ to The Dogs also delivers parcels within Huntsville city limits on Wednesdays.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Instructor Hannah Padgett first fell in love with American Saddlebred horses at age 5, so when it came time to establish a business in 2006, she knew there was really only one thing she wanted to do. With experience in riding, showing, and working for some of the field’s most prolific trainers, she shares her expertise at the facility’s outdoor riding areas, which include several miles of trails. In addition to showing amateurs the ropes, she instills showmanship in both horses and riders, including some state and national champions.