The dogs coming in the door at Pawsh Boutique & Spa look very different from the ones coming out. That’s because every session the pet-pamperers undertake leaves pets both visibly cleaner, sleeker, and more fragrant. The staff groom everything from a pet’s ears to tail, promoting a pet’s overall health while giving coat’s the shampooing needed to allow pets a continue spot on the couch. The staff use one of four shampoos based on customer preference, with options available for itching, smells, and hard to manage hair. All of their bath products contain no soaps, parabens, or salt, and the staff hand-treat pets for a shiny, well-groomed coat. Pets leave grooming treatments end with a bow or bandana, and clients can find more apparel, toys, and treats in the spa’s boutique.
The staff at Gadgets Repair specializes in electronics diagnostics and repair, allowing them to quickly assess buggy gizmos before replacing points of failure. Xboxes, iPhones, and flat-screen TVs all fall within the repair team's scope of expertise, which covers everything from the replacing a smartphone's cosmetically flawed screen to delicately resoldering printed circuits without tickling them.
LTM Party packs a kaleidoscopic selection of costumes, party favors, tableware, and gifts into more than 50,000 square feet of retail space. This Halloween, disguise an infant as a walking, talking peanut ($14.99) to help him or her infiltrate a nefarious legume-smuggling ring, or turn back the clock with a caveman wig and beard ($15.99 each). Customized, full-color banners ($19.99–$33.99), which buyers can design online, can advertise a bake sale, high-school graduation, or alien-abduction anniversary, and color-coordinated tableware ($1.99−$12.95) helps ensure that knives and forks tastefully match collars at a dog’s wedding ceremony. In-store experts can offer advice or help customers navigate the abundance of additional merchandise such as classroom supplies, balloons, and rental tuxedos.
Mark and Mary Devlin were once overseas-publishing magnates, creating, among other magazines, Metropolis_⎯the widely circulated weekly English-speaker’s guide to Tokyo⎯and the online newspaper _Japan Today. After 18 years of living in Japan, the couple moved with their two children to Sarasota, where they began yearning for the electrifying karaoke clubs so abundant in Tokyo. In particular, they missed the city’s private rooms, where friends can sing for each other or practice Nobel acceptance speeches without fear, and so the entrepreneurial clan decided to open their own hot spot, Kroaky’s, where a main lounge harmonizes with 10 fully equipped private chambers.
Since opening its doors, Kroaky's Karaoke has attracted droves of five-minute superstars, garnering attention from such media outlets as the Herald-Tribune. Along with the private rooms featuring full room service, Kroaky's webcam allows customers to view the lounge’s performances from home or broadcast the subliminal Soviet propaganda encoded in Starship’s "We Built This City."
A full-service doggy daycare, Bark Wild supervises and entertains pups of all sizes for half-days, full days, or up to 20 nights of boarding. Canines frolic together within more than 3,000 square feet of indoor playground space and a 3,500-square-foot outdoor area surrounded by secure fencing, avoiding the increases in separation anxiety sometimes associated with caged boarding. Alternatively, dogs that need alone time to edit YouTube videos of themselves skateboarding can relax in a private suite. Bark Wild disinfects the facility daily and treats it each month with organic flea and tick control.
Plush mattresses from brands such as Serta, Simmons, Latex Bliss, and iComfort line the expansive show room at Sleep King, where same-day delivery ensures clients can choose a slumber surface and sleep on it that same night. Mattress materials run the gamut in styles, from traditional innerspring to body-conforming memory foam and muscle-relaxing latex foam. After testing these comfortable surfaces by simulating a night terror atop each one, visitors can peruse Sleep King’s selection of headboards, frames, and futons from Gold Bond.