At Dog E. Woggy's K-9 Playtime, qualified canine supervisors watch precious pets as they rest, frolic, and make new friends amid cage-free play spaces, beds, and boarding units. Pooches romp amid padded rubber toys, watchful human minders, and 6,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor play areas during recess sessions that promote healthy exercise and development of social skills. Private playgroups safely separate pets into bunches based on energy level and size, while two-hour dog birthday parties see staff members treating lucky pups to cakes and explaining the meaning of birthdays to befuddled animals. Nearby, Sophie's Salon beckons to mud-covered dogs and their exasperated owners, pampering four-legged dirt magnets with brushing, shampoo, teeth cleaning, nail polishing and grooming from a certified technician. Within the well-stocked barktique, treats and food items made from human-grade ingredients elicit impressive tricks from hungry hounds.:m]]
Art isn't merely housed at Artisan Works—it's born here. The 40,000-square-foot facility includes galleries showcasing thousands of regional artists as well as onsite studios where creators pour their imaginations onto canvas, wood, and clay. You can watch them while they work as you check out the paintings and sculptures in the galleries. A non-profit organization, Artisan Works relies on individual and corporate support for funding.
The UPS Store, the shipping- and office-supplies mecca, packages and sends parcels and equips offices with all manner of workplace accouterments. The center’s helpful crew packages and sends gifts, documents, and other moveables in a range of shipping boxes ($2–$15), which clients can keep digital tabs on in real time using the website’s tracking service or fleet of GPS-enabled carrier pigeons. Patrons with a home business or undying hatred of their own mailbox can receive mail at one of the store’s private boxes ($20–$30/mo.), popping in on their shipments 24 hours a day or having the staff forward mail to another address. Like a rogue scientist’s fruit-snack cloning laboratory, the shop stocks an arsenal of copy machines, each churning out duplicates of flyers and documents in stark black-and-white ($0.04–$0.15) or cone- and rod-pleasing color ($0.29–$0.49).
Quick-Dry Carpet Care’s owners and primary technicians, Jim and Sam, de-spot shag and upholstery with techniques honed across decades in the floor-care industry. Wielding eco-and pet-friendly products and a low-moisture process, the crew's five-step carpet-cleansing program begins with nap lifting and deep vacuuming, which helps loosen embedded soil and stains. Low-moisture shampoo draws out dirt and grime, and technicians finish each session with a spritz of soil retardant and deodorizer, infusing the fuzzy flooring with scents as long lasting as a cryogenically frozen rose.
Techs also spruce up upholstered furniture, such as ottomans and sofas, free mattresses from mites, and unleash active enzymes to annihilate lingering pet odor. Quick-Dry Carpet Care pledges customer satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on all services rendered.
The chefs at Great Northern Pizza Kitchen draw upon Italian, Greek, and American culinary traditions while topping pizzas. After tossing crusts by hand, they turn to blue cheese, buffalo sauce, shredded pork, morsels of feta, and pico de gallo. Though some toppings seem adventurous, the mac 'n' cheese pizza and the potato-skin pie, a combination of bacon, sliced potatoes, and cheddar cheese, call to mind simple comfort foods. Tables clatter with plates of salads, pastas, and sandwiches in an 80-seat dining room with exactly enough spots for the 10 families cloned from the Brady Bunch.
Lynne Maher holds a Level I certification from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, as well as an organization certification from QC Design School. But the credentials mean nothing without the empathy and caring it takes to consolidate and systematize people's personal things. That's why Lynne describes herself as a 'confidential' professional organizer. She understands that while some projects are simple, others are far more sensitive, such as hoarding situations. Clients can also solicit Lynne for packrat storage consultations, closet organization, or cleverly hiding a roommate's things until the rent's been paid.
After adoring the eclectic style of city boutiques, Pamela Kramer opened Urban Essentialz, a shop packed with funky housewares, gifts, and fashion. Bath products from Pre de Provence pamper with quadruple-milled French soaps ($6.95/250g) and organic shave soap ($18), the preferred cheek-smoother of Rip Van Winkle. Stylistas can browse a huge selection of scarves and accessories, such as a bright pashmina ($22.50) and bold jewelry ($18+). Home goods, such as a pewter table clock ($24.50) and a hand-painted curio chest ($36), blend practicality with style, and a window-mounted Swarovski crystal rainbow maker ($27.95) casts rainbows on walls to brighten rooms or summon a legion of battle-ready Care Bears.