The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn’t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.
Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.
The staff members at New Balance Buckhead aren’t concerned with simply selling shoes—their mission is to pair customers with the footwear that will carry them comfortably through life’s arduous steps. Understanding that an ill-fitting pair of athletic shoes can cause pain to joints and potentially damage knees, hips, and the back, associates measure the length and width of each client's foot and conduct a gait analysis to chart the trajectory of the stride when walking normally or running through ball pits. The data are collected to help the staff match clients with their ideal shoe, keeping them running longer and looking good while doing so.
The “Sole” in Sole Shoes & Accessories functions as a subtle reminder of what the store offers its customers: the chance to craft a wardrobe entirely their own. Rows of brightly colored shoes fill the shelves, though repeats are rare because the store avoids over-saturated brands in favor of hard-to-find designer labels. Recent finds include shoes from Jeffrey Campbell, Seychelles, and Naughty Monkey. And the shoes’ styles are just diverse as their brand names, running the gamut from classic to trendy, with wedges, flats, and boots lined with shock-absorbent cotton candy. In addition to shoes, the boutique stocks dresses with geometric prints, fashionable leather purses, and slouchy sweaters.
Free Fab’rik is not the usual, high end boutique that Atlantans have come to expect from their parent company, Fab’rik. Located on Peachtree St in Midtown, this storefront allows customers to shop cheaply, most items can be purchased from between $2 and $20, and are almost all of the vintage clothing variety. Here, customers can avoid breaking the bank and walk out feeling good about themselves because profits from this store go to help women get back on their feet. The storefront is distinct as well, with brick walls and concrete floors it is the perfect place to pick up cheap vintage duds that all of Atlanta will be admiring, and not just because of your tasteful fashion sense.
Since opening its doors in May of 2002, K-la has earned a reputation as the go-to boutique for stylish and savvy shoppers in search of the perfect outfit. K-la is a fashion forward store that provides an exceptional selection of the hottest trends from New York and Los Angeles designers at affordable prices.
The Real Black Santa’s resident Father Christmas, Santa Dee, spreads yuletide cheer by posing for seasonal photo ops with holiday revelers. During photo sessions, shutterbug elves capture perfect poses with their jolly boss before cranking their magical photo machine to churn out prints. Patrons who opt for this deal’s third option leave with a CD of the day’s photos, suitable for emailing to family members or taping to Facebook.