At Saraland Veterinary Clinic, a nimble staff attends to the health of families' furry and feathered companions. They can run lab tests such as bloodwork in-house, vaccinate pets against diseases such as rabies and cooties, or bathe and groom animals. When their owners go on vacation or have the house swept of years' worth of hidden bones, the clinic's team provides boarding for pets. They're also experienced in the care and health of small and exotic animals such as reptiles and birds.
In 1981, B&B Pet Stop paired pet owners with furry friends and items to care for them from a 600-square-foot location. Since then, the store has expanded to 24 times its original size—B&B now fills every nook and cranny of a massive 14,400-square-foot store. But one thing hasn’t changed; it’s still run by Bill Trufant and his sisters Sally and Mary. The trio’s pet emporium stocks everything from Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals cat and dog food and Nylabone chew toys to cages and vitamins for birds.
The Trufants and their dedicated staff don’t just equip pet owners with supplies; they also supply the pets themselves, hosting so many critters that children take field trips to the shop the way they might visit a zoo. More than 2,600 gallons of salt water aquariums include a live coral system and a reef display, creating a home for saltwater swimmers, such as pygmy angelfish and crabs. Nearby, red-tail sharks, firemouth cichlids, and other creatures frolic in more than 6,000 gallons of fresh water. The shop also sells more than 800 reptiles and more than 12,000 small animals each year, as well as a fleet of birds. For particularly dedicated caregivers, a selection of rarer, more high-maintenance animals is available, including hedgehogs, which demand a homemade cake thrice a day.
B&B Pet Stop’s dedication to animals extends to community-outreach initiatives. For instance, you have the option to round up your purchase price, donating the change to monthly rotating charities, including Animal Rescue Foundation and the Mobile Arts Council. This idea has raised nearly $100,000 in just five years.
At Go Play Pet Service, a dedicated team provides around-the-clock care for four-footed visitors with services that include grooming and doggie daycare. Before entering the cage-free facility, all dogs receive a thorough screening, which ensures safety for all guests. Once inside, tail waggers obtain free reign over 3,000 square feet of open space and squeaky-newspaper reading areas. The Go Play Pet Service staff members offer obedience training for puppies and adult dogs. They also aim to keep pampered pets happy with specialty spa treatments including aromatherapy, blueberry facials, and paw-pad conditioner.
It’s all about relaxation at World Nails, where digits receive more than the usual polish and cuticle treatment. Clients sink into vibrating deluxe massage chairs as nail technicians take over legs and feet with hot-stone massages and hydrating lotions in scents such as papaya green tea or mango coconut. After dispelling tension, techs buff and trim nails into round or square shapes, depending on the client’s preference and geometric phobias, and top them off with standard OPI polish or acrylic and solar fills.
Dante's menu presents homemade pizzas and philly cheesesteaks. Edible disks of hand-tossed crusts can be imprinted with fresh stamps of sausage, mushrooms, tomatoes, shrimp, and more (a medium is $14.60 before toppings). The traditional philly cheesesteak serves as a dance floor for sirloin, onions, and cheese to mingle ($5.72/$7.59), and the Hawaiian Delight jets palates away to the 41st state with a blend of chicken, shrimp, onions, bell peppers, and cheese, topped with sweet-and-sour sauce ($5.72/$8.19). Dante's also peddles single slices of pie ($2.17 for cheese), pizza turnovers ($4.50), and build-your-own calzones ($4.75).