No matter how many portraits can fit on the wall, there comes a time when simply covering up an outdated or worn-out paint job just won’t do. That’s where Wells Painting comes in—they employ only trained professional painters with more than 15 years of experience under their belts. The painters can beautify nearly any surface and possess expertise that lies beyond painting and extends into wallpaper removal, deck staining, and power washes for homes left muddy after rolling in a puddle.
If its full name––Two Fat Guys Summerfield Ace Hardware––isn't a clue about this store's unconventional nature, maybe its pet shop is. Or perhaps that distinction belongs to its owners' related endeavor: not only do Rick and Smokey inspire ambitious homeowners with rows of home-improvement implements, but they also encourage handiness by taking to the airwaves with a weekly hardware radio show. Summerfield Ace Hardware also doubles as a U-Haul Center, and animals are welcome, especially if they're able to drive a U-Haul but also if they just want to sniff around the pet shop. Prepping for barbecue season is a cinch on these premises: in the words of Rick and Smokey, "With a name like the Two Fat Guys you might expect that we have a complete grilling center and we offer assembly and delivery." Salespeople are trained to answer nearly any home-improvement question their customers ask, and a wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies shares space with gifts, home decor, and housewares.
The photo booth imbues parties with old-school fun as its modular design allows it to fit in even the most cramped settings, such as the living room of a house located in a shoe. Subjects select from a selection of wild props to spice up their photos while an onsite attendant keeps everything running smoothly. A Sony dye-sublimation printer cranks out pics in 12 seconds, instantly giving customers keepsake photos in black and white, sepia, or color.
Prodded by their irish setter, Rusty, Robert and Stephanie Morrison parlayed more than 10 years of experience caring for animals into opening U Dirty Dawg, a full-service dog center. The approximately 4,000-square-foot facility offers a one-stop canine shop, where owners can give dogs a bath, put them through obedience training, or drop them off for daycare and boarding. Additionally, Center Grove Animal Clinic is just next door, and Dr. Lindsay Reinhart can care for pets should they fall ill.
During doggy daycare, canines romp around indoors or catch some rays in the 2,500-square-foot outdoor area, complete with kiddie pools, jungle gyms, and soap boxes for impromptu speeches. Pups bunking overnight enjoy plenty of fresh water and a cozy blanket in their private 6’x4’ runs, with designated indoor and outdoor play areas for smaller dogs.
Fur in need of refurbishing can benefit from the sudsy ministrations of owners or professionals. A self-serve dog wash accommodates any size breed in stainless-steel tubs, and includes shampoo, brushes, and dryers. During professional services, groomers de-scraggle coats and add touches of nail trims and ear cleaning that go a long way toward scoring dogs a prom date.
Developed by Jaime Brenkus, the star of the 8 Minute Abs workout videos, Slim & Fit's weight-loss program has earned acclaim for balancing nutritional, behavioral, and fitness strategies designed to help participants lose up to 30 pounds. At 12 weekly sessions, a Slim Coach records progress at the weigh-in and guides the client through a personalized plan for preparing six healthy meals a day at home. Participants record successes or their new abs' first words to them in their daily-victory journal, gathering encouragement from Jaime Brenkus's e-book, Get Lean in 15.