Behind a swinging metal gate wrought with the letters W, U, and F, joyful yips and pattering paws echo down WÜF Pet Resort & Spa's main hallway. Lauded as the best pet boarder in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by D Magazine, WÜF invites dogs into private suites, which emulate human hotels with pillow-top mattresses, wall art, turndown service, and fire hydrants in every room. Overnight guests join WÜF's daily visitors at daycare, where dogs run after tennis balls, climb on playground equipment, and play follow the leader with staff members. Pooches romp in groups sorted through the Playmatch System, which pairs pups based on size, personality, and temperament. A valet shuttle ferries dogs from daycare and home, as well as to vet appointments, for an additional fee.
In the grooming salon and spa, dogs luxuriate in aromatherapeutic bath water before stylists dry them off with fluffy towels and treat them to services that range from de-matting fur to polishing toenails. WÜF also helps bridge canine-human communication with clicker training and Esperanto classes, and helps bipeds and quadrupeds alike celebrate special events—such as birthdays, puppy showers, and major holidays—with catered treats and professional pet photography.
In one room, skincare specialists swath bodies in an all-natural seaweed gel, sprinkle on a potpourri of nourishing herbs, and let infrared heat draw out their toning and detoxifying qualities. In another, acupuncturists realign clients' chi and fine-tune their physical and emotional fields. And behind any door, massage therapists may be kneading tense muscles, chiropractors may be adjusting injured backs, or aestheticians may be resurfacing complexions to a radiant glow with oxygen facials.
A staff of professionals from many areas of expertise come together under the roof and stress-zapping force field of Balance the Clinic, where they work together to bolster physical and emotional health with natural remedies and clinically tested treatments. In addition to consulting with any of these staff members, guests also can retreat into the privacy of an infrared sauna. From a private changing room, individuals or couples step into a hypoallergenic, odor-free basswood chamber equipped with a sound system that sets the sauna gently vibrating in time with relaxing music.
The leading ladies at The Girls Room, who believe that every woman has the right to be pretty, sexy, and strong, help their students build both physical and mental strength during fitness classes that combine alluring dance moves and hardcore workouts. They put their love of burlesque to use in pole-dancing classes and barre-based Barre-lesque sessions. The team also helms tamer, less sensual fitness classes such as yoga and Zumba. The girls' online shop stocks virtual shelves with accessories such as Mighty Grip gloves, which allow wearers to perform gravity-defying pole-dance moves or safely carry out celebratory cartwheels in bowling alleys. Their bachelorette parties eschew the concept of traditional bridal get-togethers for more unconventional gatherings, teaching brides-to-be and their entourage signature pole dances, lap dances, or burlesque techniques.
Suspended in chocolate-brown wooden cabinets with interior lighting, designer glasses look right at home in a boutique manned by a trusty staff. Vision exams and contact-lens fittings begin the process of selecting these exquisite pieces of eyewear, which are crafted by lab technician Danny, also an optician. Staffers help patients find the best eyewear for their lifestyle and personality, taking note of whether they play sports or play roles in a lot of '80s film shopping montages.
Ocular medical services are extensive, ranging from cosmetic lash-growing treatments to cataract evaluations and the healing of infections. Optometrist Dr. Rita Patel further manages ocular symptoms and emergencies.
For 16 years, Prime Time Auto Care has kept vehicles looking dapper with in-house and on-location washing and detailing services. Technicians dole out attentive hand washes to sweep away streaks and smudges, with additional wax, clay-bar, and shampoo treatments available for cars that require more in-depth attention or a thank-you for resisting the urge to nap during long drives. The detailers also leave evidence of their grooming acumen on the spotless surfaces of commercial fleets.
By engaging children on their own level, the teachers at Kids R Kids childcare center and learning academy recognize their students for what they really are: developing brains trapped inside tiny, perfectly spherical heads. The programs hew to a philosophy of "Hug First, Then Teach," meaning they encourage a child's development on an emotional, intellectual, social, and physical level. Also essential to their teaching approach is family involvement—when new skills are introduced, the instructors make sure the parents know about the approach and aren't politically opposed to arithmetic.
They rely on their own curriculum, Brain Waves, which takes a neurologically based approach that combines educational lessons with good nutrition, regular sleep schedules, and secure relationships. Additionally, the Brain Waves curriculum helps develop brains with many forms of language (including sign language) and exposure to technology in a controlled environment.