A fountain bubbles in the center of the overnight area, the first sign that Pet City Resort & Spa is no ordinary dog-boarding facility. The resort is made up like a small town, complete with streetlights, a park-like play area, and a trio of old men sitting in lawn chairs and swapping stories about the good ol' days. An outdoor yard provides more room to run around on sunny days. Overnight guests bunk down alone or with their furry siblings—even cats and dogs can share the same space. Dog owners look in on the webcams so they can feel like part of the action or make sure their pups don't get too uppity after the groomers improve their looks.
More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students’ math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method.
Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
Under new ownership, the friendly clothing cleansers at Martinizing Dry Cleaning understand the importance of a crisp, well-laundered wardrobe as well a crisp, well-laundered planet. They’ve been freshening up clients' delicate fabrics with traditional and eco-friendly cleaning techniques and sanitizing stares since 1949. Martinizing Dry Cleaning does not use perchloroethylene or a variety of other, harmful chemicals. Their GreenEarth system, which is appropriate for all fabrics, leaves clothing with a lighter odor than traditional dry-cleaning methods. Along with treating garments, they also alter ill-fitting duds and repair wear and tear. Their expert techniques include the safe cleansing of valuable apparel, such as leather, suede, and wedding dresses, and they will pickup and drop-off duds at homes, offices, or backyard tree forts.
Whether by guided laser pulses or their own skilled hands, the staff at Lipo Laser Center Cincinnati delivers outer beauty and inner peace. Technicians wield the Lapex 2000 BCS Lipolaser, a low-level laser that breaks fatty cells down to their primary constituents: fatty acids, water, and Elvis jokes. Clients can also tone their bodies on the whole body vibration platform, or they can plop down on the table of a licensed massage therapist and let sweeping strokes dismantle tense knots and kinks.
Since equipping the world with its first wood-slat recliner in 1928, La-Z-Boy has branded itself as a well-known producer of high-quality furniture, including their signature recliner, loveseats, ottomans, upholstered sofas, accent tables, and much more. The Urbana oval end table ($249 and up) is genetically engineered to keep junk mail off the ground and blocks the couch's attempts to stretch out into the hall. A host of recliners, sofas, sectionals, the demi stationary chair and sleepers are also waiting to invade homes with their tasteful presence.