Advanced surgical suites, an underwater treadmill for physical therapy, and doctors highly knowledgeable in the field of orthopedic care. Though this may seem like a list of features found at a major city hospital, it actually belongs to Packerland Veterinary Center. Offering state-of-the-art pet services that range from routine vaccines to advanced cancer care, owner Chanda Holschbach and her team of dedicated veterinarians draw from an arsenal of advanced medical equipment that includes digital x-rays, , dental gear, and surgical tools used for hip replacements. With access to an in-house laboratory, the forward-thinking center also provides pet-patients with cutting-edge treatments, such as stem cell therapy and therapeutic laser treatments.
Grooming specialists, meanwhile, keep four-legged pals looking and feeling fresh at the center's on-site grooming studio, which they outfit with individual kennels and a fully-equipped bathing area.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.