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.
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.
A photo booth from Heather Dunn Photography can be a party-enlivening tool for birthdays, weddings, family reunions, and more. Rentals come with a number of extras, including a plethora of props such as silly hats and feathered boas, to get the photographed in the mood to strike a deadly pose. A trained attendant will be on hand throughout the event to make sure the booth is running efficiently and to suggest tried-and-true facial contortions. All strips printed are included in the rental, and the host receives a disc that contains every image taken during the event, so he or she can show family members every close-quarters shot in high quality.
The Roots & Boots Tour corrals three country stars—Aaron Tippin, Joe Diffie, and Sammy Kershaw—to perform acoustic versions of more than 40 Top 10 hits. After opening sets by local country duo Whisky Row and LA-area five-piece The Doo-Wah Riders, the headliners will light up the stage faster than a Shakespeare troupe wearing firefly chainmail. With hard-hitting songs such as “You’ve Got to Stand for Something” and a hobby as a competitive bodybuilder, Tippin has earned the nickname “Hillbilly Hercules.” Sammy Kershaw turns to his Louisiana upbringing to pepper singles such as "Cadillac Style” with Cajun-style vocals and to treat audience tongues to dabs of complimentary hot sauce. Grammy winner Joe Diffie will showcase his own repertoire of chart-toppers, including 1994’s “Pickup Man.”