At Bark Street, the cheery interior features easy-wipe checkered floors, white and pink walls, and three self-service dog-wash stations separated by curtains for the modest pet. All the necessary supplies are provided by Bark Street, including waist-high, disinfected tubs; waterproof aprons; herbal shampoo and conditioner; brushes and combs; towels; a dryer; and natural cologne for especially malodorous under-areas. The water is even provided at a pre-set temperature, so you needn't worry about scalding or freezing your furry friend. A full staff is on hand at all times, available to help any customers struggling with their wriggling bag of barks. A 5-pound bag of organic dog food ($10) is also included in today's deal, with a choice between California Natural or Innova brands.
Along the main promenade in Sam's Town, a row of lush lawns borders one another, cordoned off from the pavement by a white picket fence lined with potted mums. When a hand pushes open the front door of a gable-roof ranch house or cottage, it's attached not to the body of Donna Reed but to that of a yelping canine, one of the overnight guests staying in each of The Dog Knowledge's miniature homes. When pooches aren't watching G-rated films on flat-screen TVs or lounging beneath ceiling fans in their private or bunk-bed abodes, they can venture out to play in a 2-acre facility or relax in a homey lounge filled with couches, tables, and framed photos of Roosevelt's scottish terrier signing The New Deal into law. The Dog Knowledge also grooms dogs' unkempt coats and chips away at unruly behaviors with one-on-one behavioral training, boot camps, and a therapy dog-training program.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
At K9 Hangout Charlotte, a licensed dog-boarding and doggy-daycare center, experienced trainers care for dogs throughout the day and night. There are never more than 25 dogs between the boarding and daycare programs, which allows more attention to be devoted to each pup. The trainers also teach dogs basic commands and improve behavioral issues during obedience camps.
After traveling to cities outside of Charlotte, earth enthusiasts Fiona and Marley began envying the other towns' stockpiles of eco-friendly stores. Back home, they could always buy green products on the web, but since they had no opportunity to sample or even look at them before delivery, they were frequently disappointed with their purchases. They decided to take matters into their own hands in January 2011 by establishing ecolicious—a one-stop market for vegan and eco-friendly wares.
Each item at ecolicious bears a product tab with a review by staff members, who personally test the goods they shelve. Jewelry crafted by local artisans hangs near vintage clothing, raw snacks, and cleaning supplies made from humanely harvested soap bubbles. Within the store's bright blue walls, Community Supported Agriculture members can also pick up their seasonal shipments of local produce.
Soothing massages. Nail trims. Specialty shampoo treatments. The Dog Salon has everything you'd expert from a traditional salon, just with a clientele that's exclusively canine. Their groomers can makeover pups from head to tail, with traditional pampering or specialty services like temporary tattoos, which were profiled by USA Today. Alternatively, customers can opt to clean their pups in one of five self-service waist wash tubs at the perfect temperature, replete with towels, high-velocity blow dryers, brushes, nail clippers, and cologne. or take advantage of The Dog Salon's mobile grooming services.