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.
As one of Michigan's largest and oldest brokerage firms, Real Estate One shares nearly a century's worth of knowledge during its educational buffet of training courses. The firm's academy invites aspiring and established sales agents to sharpen their skills at classes held around the state, including a Michigan real estate licensing class for those hoping to sell property or additional locker space to gullible high school freshmen. Computer tutelage keeps students abreast of technological requisites, and continuing education programs help licensed agents meet state requirements. To ensure property apprentices graduate packed with knowledge, Real Estate One appoints experienced, respectful instructors to head each course.
Dogs seem to love getting dirty but hate getting clean. The team at Max the Dog Wash streamlines the process. Waist-high tubs let owners comfortably wash their dogs, scrubbing out fur with brushes and raking out tangles that are havens for dirt in a chorus of gentle splashing sounds and baritone barks. After bath time, owners can reward their best friends with dog treats made in the shop or pictures from the mailman’s awkward high-school years.
Flat-screen TVs smoothly slide up from their hiding places, LED disco balls spin, and colored-light panels flash to dance beats conveyed in crystalline audio. The multisensory spectacle unfolds not behind the velvet rope of a club, but on board one of many boats tricked out by Soundwaves.Though they can make vessels flashy enough to attract schools of even the most glamorous merfolk, the staff at Soundwaves also outfits land and sea craft with more basic custom comforts, navigation tools, and security equipment. Stereos, subwoofers, amplifiers, and GPS tracking systems are sourced from brands including Sony, Mtx, and Samsung. To take on these upgrades, boats need not move from their moorings due to "mobile marine" custom installation. Techs—all of whom have at least five to seven years of professional installation experience and ongoing education tucked under their tool belts—also travel to offer free, onsite estimates for many of their services.
At Rock and Roll Prep School, students of all ages learn how to play instruments and have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience. The staff of music industry veterans lead sessions divided by age. Toddlers tinker around with instruments in interactive 45-minute sessions, and older kids spend three hours a week practicing for their end of semester show at a local venue. Group sessions are supplemented by individual lessons, where staff teach the basics of a chosen instrument. Through the combination of these two styles of teaching, kids learn new musical skills, which help boost confidence and teach them how to read music or boxes of love letters from future fans.
Refine - Michigan's LipoLaser Center's noninvasive laser technology disrupts the membranes of fat cells. After lasers seek out the cells in their subcutaneous hiding spots, they get the cells to give up their water, fatty acids, and lunch money. The human body then takes care of the rest, flushing out the purged waste or burning it for energy.
The body-contouring pros here recommend a series of nine treatments for optimal results, but many of their clients notice lost inches after a single session. They also preach the importance of proper hydration, good nutrition, and an active lifestyle.