Owner and licensed massage therapist Juan Medina's commitment to comfort adds a personal touch to MiStar Massage, which he named after his daughters, Miya and Starla. As a military veteran, Medina approaches healing with compassion and diligence, personally consulting with clients to identify their individual treatment goals before kneading muscles with fully body, clinical, and trigger point massages. The private treatment room at MiStar exudes a vibrant personality, with bold crimson walls bedecked with a Spanish guitar, Russian nesting dolls, and other multicultural artwork. To personalize each treatment, Medina encourages guests to bring their own iPod or organ grinder monkey along to play their preferred music.
Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic's compassionate animal physicians treat all manner of faithful pet patients with kindness and care. Dog and cat examinations encompass thorough routine physicals ($37.50) whereas exotic-creature exams ($42) treat less-ordinary comrades including birds, reptiles, ferrets, and rabbits trapped within magicians’ hats. A host of bug-fighting vaccinations ($11–$22) combat furball ailments, and fecal exams check for the presence of harmful intestinal parasites ($19.50). Pet microchip installation ($36) keeps track of furry pals prone to wandering off in search of bacon-scented postal workers.
Signature service: Dog waste cleanup
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Pro Tip: Outstanding customer service.
Matthew has a dirty job, but, as every dog owner has discovered, it's a very necessary job. As owner of Super Scoopers, LLC, he deploys teams to yards all across Mid-Michigan to locate and dispose of excrement left by man's best friend. Always health-conscious, they completely sterilize their tools between each appointment to prevent the spread of bacteria from yard to yard. They also dispose of all the waste material they collect in an environmentally conscious way. They like to meet their clients, but particularly enjoy encounters with their clients' pooches. Teams invite their customers to leave dogs outdoors while they work, on the off chance that the animals learn to clean up after themselves by example.
New to the Lansing area, Pawsitively Healthy houses pups during grooming, training, gym, or daycare visits. The more than 7,000-square-foot facility is outfitted to entertain pets while their owners are at work, running errands, or happily chewing toys with little distraction. Staff members, led by a manager with veterinary experience, watch and wash canines inside the gym and fill retail spaces with handcrafted pet items from local artists. Rental space also stands ready for parents to host private dog parties.
Nana-N-Paws' team keeps a round-the-clock watch over owners' beloved dogs, whether they're romping in the 7,000-square-foot indoor play area, dashing along the fence of the 11,000-square-foot outdoor playground, or snoozing in the cage-free overnight center. Private suites are also available for dogs to wind down. The staff splits canines into dedicated age- and size-appropriate areas, such as Loveable Lapdogs for visitors under 25 pounds, and the Senior Center for older dogs. The facility also houses a full-service grooming shop and team of experienced obedience trainers.
Though dogs and humans have very different grooming needs, many dog salons still use tools such as bath tubs and barber shears to clean up pups. The team at Noble Dog Shoppe and Spa, however, cater to the needs of their canine clients by using easy walk-in baths, fur-specific shampoos, and cage-free suites for dogs awaiting their treatments. The trained staff specializes in breed-specific cuts, but can also customize a dog’s look, creating close-cropped looks that shed less or mohawks that add a punk-rock aesthetic to family greeting-card photos. Whether staff are merely clipping nails or completing a full grooming with haircut, bath, and hydro-massage, dogs are pampered with personalized attention. Outside the grooming area, the staff has curated a selection of dog clothes, all-natural treats, and stuffing-free toys that keep pets occupied after grooming sessions.