Nestled in a spacious corner of the historic Sterling Cider Mill, The Clay Dog Studio inspires and equips all levels of artists to mold and polish self-made and artist-produced masterpieces. Paint your own original classmates can work solo, painting large detailed creations ($30) or invite friends to colorize intermediate ($15) figurines. Pieces are forged from clay that, like Saint Helen's childhood sandbox, consists primarily of volcanic ash. Mini Project classes instruct artistic twosomes in crafting take-home projects including holiday napkin rings or ornaments. During four-session classes, instructors oversee projects from concept to completion, covering basics such as sculpting form, overlays, paint finishing, and tasteful ways to fill end tables with something other than a series of smaller and smaller end tables.
Run by an American Boarding Kennel Association–certified staff and supervised by a veterinary hospital, Valley inn for Pets creates an atmosphere of "guilt-free boarding," letting pet owners travel with confidence as they check in on four-legged friends with live feeds from webcams. Themed Destination rooms with radiant-heat floors send canine companions on mental vacations to Africa, Hawaii, Fenway Park, or other locales, with animal-theme films eliciting happy tail wags. The staff can administer medications and pamper pups with an array of à la carte services, including bedtime tuck-ins and late-night games of poker. Feline boarders cozy into Lucite-fronted condos that face into the bustling lobby. Staffers clean and disinfect each condo in the morning, allowing cats to stretch their legs prior to the afternoon's 20-minute playtime session. In addition to boarding services, the Valley inn offers daycare to keep canines entertained while their owners toil at work.
Officially established in 2011, Happy Valley Pet Service helps pet owners lap up peace of mind throughout the year by offering its services every day, even on holidays. Walking sessions keep pooches occupied on a daily basis, while brief visits for feeding, bathroom breaks, or medication consumption ensure domesticated roommates remain happy, healthy, and reluctant to withdraw their share of the next cable bill. Servicing more than just pets, Happy Valley Pet Service is also available for household chores such as trash disposal and mail pickup.
Rondo, the de facto host of Grooming at Tiffany's, happily greets every guest with a hardy handshake. Or if not that, perhaps an exuberant tail wag, an offering of chew sticks … something that lets visitors know they're welcome. The amiable shih tzu-poodle mix belongs to owner Tiffany Perron, who styles canines with the skills she developed at the Dapper Dawg School of Professional Dog Grooming. She and her fellow groomers provide an array of services, from crate-free full groomings to quick touchups for dogs facing short-notice job interviews.
At Westborough Massage, licensed massage therapists transport clients to the peaks of relaxation courtesy of custom sessions that blend elements of multiple modalities. Drawing from a range of techniques such as classic Swedish, deep-tissue, and trigger-point therapy, the therapist tailors treatments to clients' trouble areas, recovery routine, and number of ears. Clients allow the calm to course through their bodies as skilled hands manipulate muscles to combat back stiffness and knots with targeted rhythmic strokes. After the massage, clients may emerge walking taller as they bask in their newfound body that no longer suffers from excess fatigue, anxiety, or strains resulting from repeated attempts to high-five the Statue of Liberty.