YMCA of Amarillo has opened its doors to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities since 1937. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, homework-assistance sessions, and art classes. To help guests of all ages get in touch with their creative sides, local artists host writing groups, dance courses, and photography classes.
YMCA of Amarillo emphasizes the importance of cultural enrichment in their community as well—they partner with such community-based organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star Ballet, and Amarillo Opera. They also further strengthen the community by offering much-needed funding to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of any of these progressive programs.
The washers and dryers at Belmar Laundry neatly deterge shirts, pants, sheets, and towels, leaving each swathe of fabric smelling fresh and clean. The suds emporium’s drop-off service ($0.95 per pound) encourages customers to maximize their free time by transferring the burden of laundering to a professional. Belmar Laundry’s staff separates darks and whites, washes and dries loads, and folds clothes into origami people. Turnover time may vary, but clothes are usually ready for pick up in one day.
Run by pet-loving couple Andy and Michelle, Animal Lodge pampers dogs and cats with luxurious grooming, daycare, and boarding services. Within the picket-fence perimeter of dog daycare, pooches play with fellow canines, rather than their cruelly coquettish tails, as they gnaw on toys and amble across slides and playground equipment. Boarding services let vacationing pet parents rest easy while their furry friends relax in personal sleeping areas and get 10 hours of daily playtime under the supervision of Animal Lodge's attendants.
In the grooming salon, dirty pets indulge in head-to-toe primping, which includes all-natural shampoos and conditioners, coat and tooth brushing, nail trimming, and other services that leave pets extra clean before visits from animal-wary relatives or home invasions by rampaging dog-show judges. Shelves of baked treats and pet supplies provide pups with plush toys and pigs' ears on the way out the door.
A lifelong baker, Tina turned her zeal for treats into a business when she opened Bluebonnet Cupcakery in fall of 2012. She is known for her original creation––the pie cupcake––but she also whips up batches of traditional cupcakes, sugar cookies, and cakes for special occasions. Her baked goods are a hit at events such as baby showers and birthday parties as well as meetings and company food fights. Always open to suggestions, she adorns her treats with custom decorations at no additional charge.
From the fluid orchestration of an event's activities to the floral arrangements that beautify its tabletops, Parie Designs' delicate work can be spotted in all aspects of a wedding or party. Parie, a florist with 30 years of experience, tackles event production and design with control and clarity to ensure that galas run smoothly. Customers can admire her floral artistry in person at Parie Designs' shop, which carries assorted decor items and jewelry, or they can enter Planit Lounge to peruse an encyclopedic collection of wedding resources. Hosts can also rent Parie's portable photo booth to entice guests at parties, proms, or FBI stings to step in and flash a smile at the camera.