Salon Paz borrows its name from the Spanish word for peace, which is exactly what the staff hopes to bring to the customers who enter into the relaxing, sage-green space. After admiring the salon's artwork––which is all created by the staff––clients settle in to plush, chocolate-colored styling chairs to put their strands in the hands of seasoned stylists or put their feet up to enjoy the soothing massage that accompanies each pedicure. They'll also enjoy peace-of-mind knowing the salon reaches for high-quality shampoos and conditioners from Paul Mitchell and complexion-clearing skincare products by Keyano. They also use all-vegan hair color by Pravana, which are free of sulfates, sulfites, and parabens, and are never tested on animals, no matter how much they beg.
Some customers choose from a colorful array of cookies, donuts, and other delectables on a tiered and crystal-encrusted dessert tray, while others relax and enjoy floor-to-ceiling murals of a picturesque countryside in the indoor dog park. None of them, however, happen to be human—such is the focus on luxury at Royal Pets Market & Resort, where boarding, grooming, training, and adoption services are overseen by an experienced staff. After pampering treatments such as aromatherapy baths or moisture-therapy wraps, dogs and cats can be outfitted from the wide selection of collars, foods, toys, and apparel in the expansive store.
The professional staff at Central Bark Doggy Day Care draws on extensive training in animal behavior and doggy first aid to entertain, pamper, and groom canine companions. Skilled groomers primp and pamper the worn-out furscapes of canines with shed-reducing Furminator treatments and Barkley Works all-inclusive grooming baths (prices vary based on the dog; call the desired location for pricing). Thorough ear cleanings ($10) and teeth brushings ($10) keep pups in shipshape hygienic fashion and prepare pooches for cuddling or job interviews.
As a girl, Angela Bubley was always bringing home stray dogs and convincing her friends and family to do so, too. She had a true passion for pups, which she later transformed into a career by founding B. Paws-itive Pet Dog Training. The American Kennel Club-certified trainer and Hillsborough County-approved dog obedience instructor leads one-on-one sessions and group training classes that instill consistent, good behavior in dogs. Sessions can take place at clients’ homes, in Angela’s facility, or in a pile of cats for an added challenge.