Backed by an armory of natural shampoos and soaps, the groomers at Shampooches Salon & Spaw untangle and trim coats, leaving pups to strut out in a well-groomed parade with tongues lolling happily. Flea and tick treatments keep pests at bay, and trimming around the ears leaves pooches ready to listen for the sounds of other dogs barking or coaches discovering loopholes that allow canines in the league.
Robert Harris started cleaning carpets as a way to support himself during law school, but he found himself increasingly distracted by the extracurricular work. The poor quality of the products he worked with spurred him to research the chemical properties of cleaning formulas. His improvement on the often-harsh process was Chem-Dry, a nontoxic solution that eschews soaps and detergents in favor of simple carbonation. Thirty years later, Robert helms a family of franchises ranked in Entrepreneur's 2012 Franchise 500. Each independently owned outpost dispatches techs to infuse carpets with its carbonated formula before technicians lift dirt with hot-water extraction. Because the process uses about one-fifth the water of steam cleaning or turning on the living-room fire hydrant, carpets are dry within one to two hours of completion. Chem-Dry’s team can also tailor its use of the system to treat upholstery and clean and restore leather furniture.
At Dance Masters Studios, Rock Foster and his skilled staff have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of more than 25 dance styles. They specialize in the familiar, such as the tango and waltz, as well as more obscure styles such as shag swing dancing and bolero dancing. They work at each student’s individual pace, combining private lessons with group lessons and social dance parties to ensure each person finds their footwork.
It's been said that nothing good happens after midnight. 11:59 Photography is named after that minute when you have to savor every second or break your watch. Photographers at 11:59 Photography now freeze time in their boudoir sessions, which draw inspiration from classic art and French film noir. To tailor shoots to each subject’s personality, the photographers hold consultations with clients before every session. Experts also offer fashion and style tips to help guide clients toward the perfect outfit and hairstyle. Shoots are available in the studio, on-location at homes, or even in hotel rooms.
With help from his family, Dallen Peterson founded Merry Maids more than 30 years before passing the baton to ServiceMaster. Today, the dirt-busting staff of bonded and insured cleaning technicians purifies homes with eco-friendly, EPA-approved cleaning products and an arsenal of equipment and supplies. Clients can customize their cleaning services to focus on high-traffic areas, such as hallways, playrooms, or indoor monster-truck practice arenas. Merry Maids' specialists scour abodes Monday–Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A member of the Professional Photographers of America, Megan Garrison demonstrates a dedication to her profession and her subjects. Depending on the client, she can stage poses using the controlled lights of her studio, capture intimate portraits at a home, or venture outdoors to snap candid shots beneath the sun's natural luminescence. Similarly, her subjects range from families and pets to wedding parties and pet wedding parties.