It all started with a single vacuum. In the 1920s, Electrolux took off thanks to designer Gustaf Sahlin and his invention of the canister vacuum, which could clean floors more efficiently than other models and didn't produce tiny tornados in the living room. Much of Sahlin's original design has remained throughout the decades and continues in the company's current vacuum line, which has grown to include uprights and central vacuum systems. In 2003, the company entered the new millennium with even more products and a new name: Aerus Electrolux. The change in moniker reflects its expansion into new areas, including systems for water purification and air filtration.
Founded in 1944 and accredited by the Humane Society in 1977, the private, nonprofit Animal Welfare League of Arlington has helped generations of stray and abandoned animals live out their days in loving, permanent homes. Hundreds of volunteers carry out services ranging from low-cost spaying and neutering for low-income families and individuals and humane education program to animal control. Within the shelter, scores of dogs, cats, and small critters such as rabbits, guinea pigs, and parakeets await new owners to take them home once the staff has ensured their full health and good behavior. The League also hosts several events throughout the year, from an annual springtime Walk for the Animals to classes that help parents prepare their existing pets for the arrival of a new baby with its swaddling blanket made of roast beef.
When searching for a new dentist, patients prize a light touch almost as much as they do extensive training or whiz-bang technology. Fortunately, Tarek Mogharbel, DDS—who worked in District of Columbia General Hospital’s oral-surgery department and is a certified Invisalign and Lumineers practitioner—and his partner, Sun Park, DDS, both describe themselves as gentle people. This character trait translates to each of their cosmetic and family dentistry services. The doctors take special care no matter the procedure, whether it’s an exam for an anxious youngster, a teeth-whitening treatment for an adult, or a new set of porcelain veneers for a ventriloquist’s dummy locked in an eternal, unfeeling grin.
For many people, pets are a part of the family. So to ensure that the furriest member of your household gets the care it needs, the staff at Dog Gone Walking & Pet Care offer their clients’ pets socialization, exercise, and daily care while their owners are away. Whether simply letting a dog out during the work day, keeping them fed and cared for while owner are on vacation, or taking pets to the vet, the staff work to keep pets happy and healthy without owners having to install that pet door into the refrigerator. While team members visit your house, they can also provide miscellaneous services ranging from bringing in mail to running necessary errands.
There may be fancier spots for pet gear around town, but when it comes to the basics for the family dog, cat, rabbit or fish, Pro Feed Pet Nutrition Center is top-notch. The Palisades store is stocked with everything from dry and canned food to leashes and pet beds. Pro Feed doubles as a pet version of GNC, with nutritional supplements and health aids for animals with allergies, anxiety or digestive issues. For those who like doggy fashion, Pro Feed sells hair and nail styling tools, and also has a range of dog footwear, including novelty tennis shoes for pups.