The beautifiers at Pooch Pawlor make over begrimed best friends with dog and cat grooming services. Inside the boutique space, pets experience the gentle embrace of animal lovers who shampoo out filth and vanquish fleas. Traditional grooming services, such as Pawdicures and teeth brushing, can be complemented by unique offerings that include blueberry facials, molding fur into mohawks, or training canines as chauffeurs. Aside from felines and canines, the staff also spruces up guinea pigs, rabbits, and feathered friends.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
If you’re looking for a dog facility specializing in a holistic approach, Wagville in Glassell Park is a top choice. Driving by, the storefront is impossible to miss with a colorful orange doorframe, an enormous address above it and a bright green playing dog painted around their windows. It’s a fun space in an industrial part of town, selling all manner of doggy goods and offering daycare, boarding, grooming and training services. Four web cams keep nervous owners connected while boarding their pet at Wagville, and dogs are grouped by their size to make sure everyone plays nice in the large indoor and outdoor spaces.
For five years, Salon mix, a Paul Mitchell products focused hair salon, has been serving Atwater Village. The salon offers hair treatments, hair coloring and lightening, retexturing, extensions, makeup, waxing and airbrush spray tan. The salon pays homage to co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair care, John Paul DeJoria, who grew up in Atwater Village and attended Atwater Elementary and John Marshall High School. Inside, hardwood floors, standing full body mirrors and a chartreuse accent wall give the studio a fun and lively feel. The salon also gives back to the community by providing gift certificates for school organizations and philanthropic events. Mix is staffed with skillful professionals who appeal to moms and their kids.
Sitter4Paws dispatches bonded and insured pet lovers to clients' homes for dog walking and hikes, sitting services, and pet taxiing. Upon arrival for sitting and walking visits, pet caretakers retrieve keys from lock boxes installed at homes free of charge—ensuring that owners need not be home and that keys stay safe and on the property. For return visits, Sitter4Paws sends the same caretaker, allowing for a trusting relationship to blossom and for mailman espionage missions to reach their natural conclusions. After each session with beloved pets, the first-aid-certified sitters email owners about the time spent with their furry friends, putting worried minds at ease.