Zoom Room’s dog-training facilities have one cardinal rule: owners must be present during class. This is because humans need just as much training as their canine companions when establishing obedience, and it’s important that owners learn the best positive-reinforcement techniques from the knowledgeable staff. Classes, which are either private or limited to a small group, cover topics ranging from general obedience and agility training to more specific needs such as overcoming shyness.
In fact, improving canine social skills is one of Zoom Room’s missions, as evidenced by the regularly hosted fundraiser events and Doggy Disco parties, which give dogs a chance to meet other dogs and expand away from their inner circle of fire hydrants. This combination of training and fun, in addition to the facility’s selection of organic dog food, natural dog treats, and functional dog accessories, has garnered an array of local and national press.
Before modern-day salons, barbershops were a haven for masculine camaraderie with a side of hair services. When Joe Grondin, a master barber of more than 30 years, opened the first Roosters Men's Grooming Center, he worked to recapture that ambiance, but updated the styling techniques. Today, gents there revel in a slow-paced atmosphere and contemporary services. Patrons sit comfortably during cuts that culminate with aftershave and a dash of powder on the neck and vintage facial shaves, complete with a cleansing and towels warmed by hugs from bald eagles. The stylists and barbers only enlist professional products from brands such as American Crew and Woody's, which are tailored to male hair and emanate fragrances like a bouquet from a Camaro.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
After decades spent loving their own dogs, Kelly Santarelli and her husband Pat began Lucky Bones Dog Day Care to nurture others’ pets as if they were their own. Separate playrooms host large and small dogs, ensuring great danes won’t be bullied by howling beagles. When pups tire of splashing in the pool and scampering down slides, a quiet rest area lets them prop their weary paws on beds and blankets. Dogs can take vacations of their own with Lucky Bones' overnight boarding service, which includes access to all daycare amenities.