Kerry and Patric Kara, members of the Professional Photographers of America, have 40 years of experience behind the lens and specialize in orchestrating portraits for families, newborns, and pets. They also offer special-event and wedding photography, as evidenced by work featured in Weddings and Modern Bride. During shoots, staff photographers help subjects feel comfortable by consulting them on ideas and encouraging them to imagine napping in a sleeping bag filled with real, live ducklings. After the clicking concludes, customers can choose from a large selection of color and black-and-white frame-ready photo options.
When The Comfy K9’s staff of animal behaviorists planned the layout for their luxury dog-boarding lodge, they tried to put themselves in the shoes of their four-legged friends. They thought it might be nice to frolic around a 3,000-square-foot indoor park during six-hour daycare sessions, so they built one and lined it with artificial grass. They also thought it might be nice to play with like-minded pups, so they made sure that it would be easy to separate their guests by size, temperament, and age. This level of careful planning is most evident in the overnight boarding lodge, where dogs bunk down on elevated beds in suit rooms. Each room is separated from the others by a wall of opaque glass blocks, which allow in plenty of light yet spare dogs judgmental looks when they change into pajamas with cats printed on them.
Speaking of cats, they also enjoy comfortable quarters—albeit in a separate area of the building. Owners can schedule appointments for grooming and therapeutic massage during their pets’ visits, or stay on for training sessions conducted by experienced instructors.
At K-9 Cuts Dog Grooming Salon, every grooming package includes a bath, haircut, and brush out to get coats gleaming, as well as an ear cleaning and nail trim. Owners can also put together their own grooming regimen by choosing treatments a la carte, especially if their dog is short-haired and doesn't need a haircut or has a nail-biting habit and doesn't need a trim.
Mile High Drives shares its passion for supercars with fellow adrenaline seekers, compiling an impressive collection of rare and high-end sports cars. The staff wants other drivers to feel the supple, red-and-black custom seats of a Lamborghini Gallardo, feel the grip of a brand-new 20014 Corvette Stingray as it takes corners, and experience the powerful acceleration of a BMW M5, which can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds?the same time it takes to dry wet hair in a Porsche Boxster convertible. Mile High Drives is forever improving its fleet for maximum performance, ramping up horsepower and modifying exhaust systems for optimal revving. In addition to rentals, the crew offers chauffeur services that allow passengers to arrive at events in style.
Pet owners know that the best thing a doggie daycare can provide is peace of mind. At U Lucky Dog, they do more than promise that dogs will get lots of exercise and human interaction; they allow owners to check on their four-legged friends with live streaming video on their website, with cameras situated on all play areas in the 18,000-square foot facility. Because of this, 5280 magazine named U Lucky Dog its Editor's Choice for Best Doggie Daycare 2012.
Before admitting a pup to dog daycare, knowledgeable staffers evaluate its temperament to determine its best playmates. During the day, dogs frolic in indoor play areas as well as outdoor ones with elevated turf, obstacles to climb, and toy cats to plot coups against. The UVAIRx system purifies the air, extracting germs and other contaminants for a more sanitary space. Overnight guests enjoy kennel-free dog boarding with elevated beds and a schedule that includes play and nap time. Cats can also bunk down in their own exclusive area to plot counter-coups.