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.
With 130 landscaped acres, an indoor arena, and an expansive outdoor arena, Rooker Training Stable has room for aspiring steed whisperers of all ages, experience levels, and disciplines. During each one-hour lesson, experienced instructors and friendly stallions instill apprentice jockeys with the confidence and know-how to connect with their equine companions without morphing into centaurs. In addition to a solid grounding in trotting tactics, students absorb the fundamentals of grooming and tacking horses pre- and post-riding. Groupon holders can request to take lessons with others, but each rider must have her or his own Groupon.
As the mother of two grown daughters, Linda Houston knows firsthand how important and how difficult it can be to schedule a family portrait. The professional photographer has been helping memorialize images of loved ones since 1988, capturing in-studio portraits and on-location shoots for weddings and other special events. The team's unhurried style translates into dynamic senior shots, endearing black-and-white images, and frame-worthy prints of beloved family pets and horses.
CADSPRO—short for Computer and Digital Support Professionals—convenes a team well-versed in a litany of computer and networking solutions. The knowledgeable staff resuscitates systems coked by inefficient software and malicious viruses, and disk recovery and backup services retrieve important documents and other data swallowed in a digital black hole. The smart team can also design and build secure networks, attractive websites, and nonflammable firewalls.
Train tracks used to run right along The Holly Hotel, making the three-story redbrick building a hub of social activity throughout the early 20th century. Civic and social groups held meetings and demonstrations, transients spent the night, and opera goers shined their monocles in the hotel’s opulent parlors after shows at Baird’s Opera House, situated just a mile south.
Today, this Queen Anne–style structure is no longer a hotel, but an acclaimed restaurant and venue. The hotel's architecture, along with its historical charm, persist, even after a fire in 1913 and again—65 years later to the date—in 1978. The elegant interior’s plaster walls, tin ceilings, and custom millwork date back to 1913 and before, while much of the wood, railing, tile, and glass are salvaged from the second blaze.
Although its architecture helped The Holly Hotel grab a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, its unique stories also supplied historic credibility. For instance, in 1908, Carry Nation and a flock of pro-Temperance supporters attacked drinkers at the hotel; Nation swatted bar goers on the head with her umbrella and even smashed whiskey bottles with an ax.
Modern-day visitors do not face such antagonism. Instead, they enjoy elegant meals composed of fresh, free-range ingredients at the restaurant, where chefs plate beef wellington, braised pork cheeks over hawaiian fingerlings, and lamb strip loin baked in green oregano. On Sundays, the kitchen team puts on an elegant brunch, featuring a spread of farm-raised goose, peel-and-eat shrimp, and made-to-order omelets. Fridays and Saturdays are a time for laughs; guffaws spill over from the comedy club as guests enjoy cracks by headliners from cities from Los Angeles to New York. Of course, sometimes the laugher may just be coming from one of the hotel’s lingering spirits.