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.
PerfectShoot PhotoBooth puts a spin on conventional event photography by arming party guests with all the tools to snap their own creative shots. Each 3'x7' booth can fit within an 8'x8' space and houses subjects who can pose with fun party props as the professional-grade DSLR camera flashes. Within 15 seconds, the booth spits out color or black-and-white prints of grinning guests and surprised specters, making for memorable party favors. PerfectShoot PhotoBooth also compiles pictures into memory books for easy viewing.
Krystle Lee grew up riding horses, and when she got to college at William Woods University, her love of equines only deepened—so much so that she wound up graduating with a degree in Equestrian Science. Now a member of the American Riding Instructors Association, she also runs Suncoast Stables, a barn specializing in show training for American Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and Roadsters.
Open to students ages 4 and up, Krystle’s riding lessons unlock the fundamentals of styles including English horseback riding and driving, which mostly involves riding a horse while spinning an imaginary steering wheel. Her summer camps cover similar basics, making each lesson more memorable with an added infusion of arts and crafts. No matter the season, the barn’s spacious boarding quarters house four-legged residents that enjoy two feedings per day, automatic waters, and a daily turnout.
Mark and Sheryl McEachern, owners of the Woof Gang Bakery location in Lutz, opened their shop in hopes it would become a place where pet owners enjoy visiting with their furry friends. "We plan on knowing all the neighborhood dogs by name," Mark says. Bubblegum-pink walls and a chandelier hanging from the ceiling give the shop the feel of a clothing boutique, though displayed trays of dog biscuits and homemade canine cakes leave no doubt as to the store's intended clientele. Helping pet owners provide holistic food for their animals is a priority at the shop, with plentiful dog- and cat-food choices in natural and grain-free varieties. The McEacherns also stock their shelves with chew toys and accessories, perfect for doggy birthday gifts or house-training recognition ceremonies.
The strength of CrossFit's program lies in its unpredictability, with a new Workout of the Day unveiled in every class, led by certified trainers and scheduled throughout the day, six days a week. The nonspecialized program places heavy emphasis on gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, and endurance regimens, catering to athletes of all stripes, from bodybuilders to team-sports players to kettlebell choir members. The 3,300-square-foot facility is home to a full complement of strength-training and conditioning gear, and the adjacent 15'x70' expanse of astroturf provides a weather-guarded venue for sled pulls, indoor sprinting, and agility work. The overall effect develops ability in 10 distinct fitness domains, including endurance, flexibility, balance, and playing washboard abs in a jug band.
Cheryl is a custom newborn, family & wedding photographer located in the Tampa Bay, Florida. Her creative style is captured with each portrait encapsulating beautiful images of your child's fleeting precious moments, your family's love or the special moments of your wedding day before they disappear forever.