Even before Chris Stout founded Vineyard Kennels, she had already dedicated most of her adult life to helping. She started out her career lobbying Congress on behalf of food bank gleaning programs, earning the Presidential Volunteer Action Award award from Ronald Reagan. Then, about 15 years ago, she decided to help out a little closer to home. When her daughter wanted to start a grooming business, Chris worked toward her American Boarding Kennel Association certification, and opened up Vineyard Kennels. Today, she continues to run the kennel—and even lives onsite—with her dog Bitsy.
Her trained staff pools 40 years of experience as they watch after canine guests in the 10,000 square feet facility. The temperature-controlled building features sturdy cinderblock walls that shelter toddler and Kuranda beds. Outside, a fenced-in play area gives tail-waggers a place to frolic in the sun. After an invigorating romp, pups lap up well water that has been softened, disinfected, and purified with reverse osmosis. This water, along with a shampoo and blow-dry, also leaves dogs lustrous during bathtime. For owners who need to get to work early, the self-service corral allows for early drop-off and late pick-up.
A Southwest-based company for more than a century, Frazee Paint and its team of manufacturers are well acquainted with the unique climactic conditions of the region. Always pulling from the latest technology, their technicians design each of their paint and coating products to withstand dry heat, sparse rainfall, and showers of chewing tobacco from passing cowboys. Their quality paints, wall-coverings, wood-care products, and painter's tools stock the shelves of more than 125 retail locations throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada, as well as international dealers in Mexico, China, and Guam.
Divvying face cards to felt with adroit aplomb, the card-carrying casino dealers from A Casino Event have been recognized nationwide for their shuffling skills, dealing for Good Morning America and the World Series of Poker, as well as organizing events for numerous high-profile clientele. In addition to providing one blackjack and one poker table (or two of either), and necessary chips and fun money, these professional card wizards teach some of the subtleties of casino gaming, including the ability to thwart evil eye-patch-sporting millionaires. All setup and take-down will be accounted for, meaning your sole responsibility is rounding up a fresh deck of friends, unless that includes the uncouth joker and his jukebox-mongering twin.
With chauffeur services for your clothes, you'll have more time to shop for more clothes, earn money to buy more clothes, or smother a stranger's clothes in furniture polish. Pick-ups and deliveries are scheduled on four days throughout the week with a three- or four-day turnaround. Designate a pick-up plan, and then send your blazer ($4.99), blouse ($3.99), or slacks ($4.49) to the dry-cleaning day spa to relax, refresh, and read gossip magazines. A full pricelist can be found here.
Yoshi NOW! sells garments and goods for folks of all shapes, sizes, and decade allegiances. The expansive space is loaded with gems from the past including elegant hats, vinyl records, old-school board games, classic dinnerware, homo erectus, throwback clocks, mirrors, and more. Beyond the fluctuating odds and ends, Yoshi NOW! stocks an ever-changing parade of retro and vintage clothing items, including vibrant, flowing dresses ($10–$40), affordable, sturdy jeans ($2–$25), T-shirts ($5–$20), and (somewhat less frequently) retro leather doublets and chain mail hauberks.