Shady Acres Pet Ranch is more like a farm than a typical boarding facility. On three acres of land, lush, green grass awaits hounds who can frolic in three play yards dappled with sunlight thanks to the property's 100-year-old oak trees. Pups spend their daylight hours playing with similarly-sized friends under the watchful eyes of pet-friendly staff members. Then, as the sun sets, they can hunker down in heated and air-conditioned closed-door suites that offer privacy for dogs who keep diaries. Though farm-like in many ways, the ranch does boast a number of modern amenities where it counts, including having a CPR– and First Aid–certified caretaker.
Great American Storage keeps keepsakes safe within roomy, temperature-controlled units watched over by security guards and video surveillance. Using complimentary handcarts or the center's free truck rental, customers tote trappings to the unit of their choice and barricade them behind a secure cylinder lock. Because each unit is climate controlled, belongings remain in pristine condition, safe from the warping caused by humidity, the melting caused by heat, or the gremlin liquefaction caused by excess water damage. 5'x10' spaces offer the space of a typical walk-in closet, snugly supporting the furniture and effects of a one-bedroom or studio apartment. Storers with more sizable stuff, such as bedroom sets, can opt for the 10'x15' unit, which measures at the size of a large bedroom or an incredibly large small bedroom. Security cameras keep tabs on any suspicious visitors or lovelorn impulse-buy racks, and an on-site post office lends easy passage of incoming additions or space-saving shipments. Great American Storage does not allow some items in storage units.
Kids 'R' Kids nurtures the development of its tiny clients by providing a secure, educational environment. Each kid-friendly employee is certified in first aid and CPR, and many have training in areas such as early-childhood education and classroom management, helping them react with aplomb to classroom conundrums such as students running with scissors, juggling scissors, or selling counterfeit scissors on the black market. Kids 'R' Kids extends its brain-boosting educational offerings to kids from 6 weeks to 12 years old, including curricula such as an infant program, a toddler program, and a before- and after-school program for kids age 5–12. A variety of specialized programs focus on topics such as health and fitness, foreign languages, and computers—three growth industries in a world increasingly dominated by Spanish-speaking, baseball-obsessed robots.
Wielding GreenEarth technology, the friendly clothing cleansers at Martinizing Dry Cleaning scrub the enrobements of Texans in an eco-friendly manner. The noble employees confidently confront stains with strong words and dirt-scattering ammo, returning garments to clients soft, clean, and smelling like pastoral Latvian pancake houses. Sweat-soaked blouses ($5.69), mud-caked slacks ($5.69), butter-drenched two-piece suits ($10.99), and beloved sea-water-doused sweaters ($5.99) can be cleaned and folded into neat origami ostriches. For tips on clothing care from Martinizing Dry Cleaning, click here.
At this four-facility network of locally owned animal hospitals, veterinarians—including Dr. Jill Urofsky and Dr. Raymond P. Bouloy—shower clients' animal pals with the same care and attention they give their own pets. Each clinic's team sees to its furry, four-legged clientele with general practices ranging from checkups to teeth cleaning, as well as more specialized services such as microchipping. Some locations boast boarding and grooming facilities, and each practice's staff either offers or can coordinate emergency care.