Free of crates and cages, boarded canines at Boss The Pet Connection can stroll about their climate-controlled rooms as experienced staff members freshen their water bowls, replenish bowls with healthy food, and jot down room service orders. Under the tutelage of owner Enrique Fernandez, who began his animal-training career at age 14, a skilled team of animal lovers grooms cats and dogs with haircuts and dental care, teaches basic obedience, and tends to injured pooches with hydrotherapy treatments. They can also snap pet portraits in a studio stocked with cloud backdrops, flower garlands, and architectural columns.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
With its award-winning book, My Body Is Special and Belongs to Me!, KidSafe Foundation uses easy-to-understand material to cultivate a discussion about sexual abuse and personal safety between adults and children. The book is designed as a resource for school guidance counselors and is worded to help students of any age understand the sensitive concepts. Topics include the distinction between appropriate and inappropriate touching, what to do when presented with a hazardous situation, and how to ask for help. A special section dedicated to caregivers and faculty helps broaden adults' knowledge of identifying and discussing abuse. The program has reached 20,000 children and more than 5,000 adults through its Southern Florida initiatives, and aims to expand distribution to more elementary schools within the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach areas.
Martinizing Dry Cleaners is a nationwide franchise that dates all the way back to the year clothes were invented—1949. Since that time, the locations have flourished across the country while maintaining the company ideals of eco-friendly cleaning and meticulous care for fabrics. A Green Earth selected provider, Martinizing vanquishes oils and dirt from all manner of fabrics without the uses of petrochemicals or toxins that can pollute the air, water, or soil. During the cleaning process, the keen-eyed staff inspects garments at least six times, looking for unassuming stains and replacing missing buttons or bullet-proof lapels for free.
At Fit Bodies Forever, the trainers take the intensity of boot-camp routines and subtract all intimidation factors. Instead, they replace those factors with positive reinforcement, motivating participants through routines and giving them individualized attention when they need help completing the workout. Their group classes also include cardio kickboxing, Training For Warriors, and tabata. Nutrition and wellness counselor are also on staff.