Critter Camp caters to each client’s furry family members, ensuring a memorable vacation for Fidos and Felixes alike. A cage-free getaway for four-legged friends, Critter Camp keeps a counselor on-site 24 hours a day to aid homesick pets or separation-anxious alpha dogs, and security cameras are planted throughout the facility so proud parents can check on their pets while they play. Dogs can choose from 10 play yards to romp in with friends, enjoy a dive into the swimming pool or the sandbox stacked with bones, or placate a human’s seemingly insatiable need to throw a frisbee over and over again. Play groups are arranged by size and temperament, separating possessive pomeranians from bashful bulldogs.
Technicians from Mobile Tech Tutor help the owners of iPhones, desktop PCs, and smartphones fully master their mysterious digital devices. Techs can help baffled users back up their hard drives, set up and use smartphone apps, or set their ringtone to something other than "Machine Screams."
Supplying festive folks young and old with celebratory must-haves, Wally's Party Factory is a jolly one-stop shop for party décor, favors, invitations, and other appropriately festive items. With heart-shaped holidays coming up, now’s the time for star-crossed procrastinators to stock up on small touches, including love-struck decorative table kits ($7.47), napkins and plates ($1.97 per dozen), and a variety of playful and seasonal crafting bags ($.97+). For special days or Tuesdays devoid of pudding floods, this party shop’s got a theme and a dream that can elevate any moment from joyous to also joyous, but in an aesthetically pleasing way.
YMCA of Amarillo has opened its doors to peoples of all faiths, races, income levels, and abilities since 1937. Today staffers continue to uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. Adults can take aquatic, boot-camp, and Zumba classes or workout within fitness centers filled with cardio and strength-training equipment. Kids, meanwhile, can join in on youth basketball and soccer matches or stimulate their imagination, mental development, and growth in afterschool programs, homework-assistance sessions, and art classes. To help guests of all ages get in touch with their creative sides, local artists host writing groups, dance courses, and photography classes.
YMCA of Amarillo emphasizes the importance of cultural enrichment in their community as well—they partner with such community-based organizations as Boy Scouts of America, Lone Star Ballet, and Amarillo Opera. They also further strengthen the community by offering much-needed funding to children and families who cannot afford the full cost of any of these progressive programs.
The washers and dryers at Belmar Laundry neatly deterge shirts, pants, sheets, and towels, leaving each swathe of fabric smelling fresh and clean. The suds emporium’s drop-off service ($0.95 per pound) encourages customers to maximize their free time by transferring the burden of laundering to a professional. Belmar Laundry’s staff separates darks and whites, washes and dries loads, and folds clothes into origami people. Turnover time may vary, but clothes are usually ready for pick up in one day.
A lifelong baker, Tina turned her zeal for treats into a business when she opened Bluebonnet Cupcakery in fall of 2012. She is known for her original creation––the pie cupcake––but she also whips up batches of traditional cupcakes, sugar cookies, and cakes for special occasions. Her baked goods are a hit at events such as baby showers and birthday parties as well as meetings and company food fights. Always open to suggestions, she adorns her treats with custom decorations at no additional charge.