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.
During shoots at Portrait Simple—a studio specialized in child, infant, maternity, and family portraits—skilled photographers snap an unlimited number of poses in front of a choice of backgrounds and provide the convenience of instant printing. Sessions can take any size group, accommodating families and close-knit juries. Models don simple duds without heavy patterns or logos and can tote props such as sports equipment or special blankies. After striking jubilant, winsome, or wrathful poses, guests sit down with the photographer to select images to turn into prints.
Truly a community organization, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra's volunteer musicians take breaks from their lives and careers to treat fellow citizens to masterpieces from the classical repertoire. Music Director David Harman leads the group, showcasing the skills that have placed him in front of such esteemed ensembles as the Cincinnati Symphony, the Shanghai Conservatory Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Spring Festival of Contemporary Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
At Erwin's Dry Cleaners, professional garment scrubbers delicately deterge cherished wedding gowns while maintaining their pristine condition for future generations to enjoy. During each dress cleaning, dedicated cleaners restore vestments to their original luster, removing sullying stains from cake, wine, or champagne-powered bottle rockets. After about four weeks, clients return to find a purified symbol of their nuptials, just as spotless and pristine as it was the first time. In addition to restoring precious dresses to their original beauty, the meticulous cloth curators preserve gowns for generations to come, ensuring heartfelt heirlooms for future children, grandchildren, or great danes.
Hands-on learning and playtime in JW Tumbles’ interactive classes help children explore the far reaches of their cranial caverns. Parents with toddlers younger than 3 years old can enroll in parent-participation classes such as Squeakers Class, geared toward four- to 10-month-olds, Little Maestros is a musical adventure for kids four months to five years, or Wobblers Class, where baby bodybuilders 11 to 18 months old practice tumbling and balance to increase motor skills and decrease the need for sippy-cup creatine shakes.
Ages 3 and older can fly solo—parents can watch from the sidelines if they wish—during age-appropriate and highly interactive independent classes. The Stompers Class prep 3- to 4.5-year-olds for kindergarten, while Specialty Classes introduces kids from 3 to 7 years old to specific forms of fun in a non-competitive environment. Each class meets once a week, leaving plenty of time for use of the playspace passes.
Within a comfortable environment replete with warm hues, fish tanks, and flat-screen TVs, Dr. Howard Silver leads a friendly crew of mouthbone mechanics in treating a growing patient base to high-quality tooth tune-ups. Launching the office's chomper charge against plaque and tarter buildup is the prophylaxis cleaning, which massages gum ornaments until they shine like the Silver Surfer’s polished kneecaps (an $80 value). During the comprehensive oral examination, a tooth scaler navigates the surfaces of teeth terrain to check for suspicious craters and unidentified enamel (a $65 value). Bitewing x-rays help to tell the full biographical story of each patient’s pie hole, revealing evidence of the past, things to look out for in the future, and pieces of fortune cookie sadly lodged in the present (a $65 value). Finally, an Invisalign consultation (a $75 value) determines whether clients are well suited to the teeth-straightening mouthpieces, which are custom-fit braces as invisible as a Pittsburgh Pirate in October.