With three individual chains in its family of stores?Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's?scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.
A professional groomer at Canine Couture bathes pooches, trims their nails, conditions fur, and adds a bow or bandana during regular grooming appointments. Grooming enhancements include FurMinator deep conditioner to loosen undercoats, blueberry facials, and nail polish. Canine Couture also features a boutique stocked with treats, harnesses, carriers, and costumes.
At Maryland Fencing Club, it's all fencing, all the time. The club's name graces a 2,000-square-foot facility dedicated to the centuries-old Olympic sport, complete with three electric strips and one for private lessons. A seven-member coaching staff—each a member of USA Fencing and certified by the US Fencing Coaches' Association—runs the show, grooming young novices and seasoned swordsmen alike to become the next vanguards of the sport.
Students enjoy focused attention as they learn the nuances of footwork and sword handling, particularly during their most formative years. Elementary-school classes are held at an 8:1 student-teacher ratio, while that number moves to 14:1 for high-school and adult classes. The coaches encourage vigorous competition, but they never do so at the expense of fun, reminding pupils to thoroughly enjoy their company and time on the piste.
AP Self Storage secures your most cherished valuables behind three levels of security. Gates occupy the facility's perimeter and can only be passed with a PIN. A state-of-the-art security system adds more peace of mind, and every individual unit is equipped with its own alarm. Furthermore, self-storage units are climate controlled and range in size from 25 square-foot spaces that can hold about 50 file boxes to 300-square-foot units equipped to store cars and small boats that haven’t yet learned to swim. Boxes, packing supplies, and locks are also available for purchase.
Underwater Playground submerges aspirant deep-sea divers, pruned snorkelers, and strident swimmers in a waterlogged array of parties, lessons, and aquatic aerobics. Eschew dangerous, unsanctioned gill-insertion procedures with a Try Scuba session, a beginners' course laying out the basics of subaqueous submersion. After each Cousteau-in-training has suited up with professional diving equipment, a Scuba Schools International (SSI) dive professional leads a two- to three-hour lesson at Underwater Playground's heated, saltwater pool before participants make their first tile-scouring dive in search of priceless treasures and wayward swim trunks.
Home Escapes' home-decor specialists help clients infuse their living spaces with colors and designs that reflect their personal tastes. During a consultation, they meet with residents to discuss their decorating aspirations, including color, pattern, and theme preferences. The gathered information is then used to create window treatments, throw pillows, and other decorative flourishes that embody the vision of homeowners.