The groomers at Grateful Dog Grooming like to say that they treat every fur-covered client like a member of the family—which isn’t surprising given they have team members such as Sally, a spunky Boston terrier, making regular appearances and greeting visitors with wide grins. Within the shop’s warm orange walls, groomers give dogs and cats an all-over styling with services such as bathing, teeth brushing, nail filing, and hot-oil treatments. Staffers can even give pets a bit of style by adding a decorative scarf or a gold-rimmed monocle before owners return to retrieve their four-legged pals.
Jump!Zone throws open its doors to the kids of the world, inviting them to frolic on a safe, bouncy play area comprising six themed inflatables. Little ones revel in the shadow of a 17-foot, air-filled Batman, who defends the playground against invading car dealership gorillas. After practicing for their sweet 16 on the Cars–themed speedway, kids can explore the depths of the Atlantis attraction. Foosball, air-hockey tables, and a full arcade also occupy young bodies between leaps and bounds in the bounce castle. During arena play sessions, parents take advantage of free WiFi in the café area, which also slings toothsome snacks to zap appetites accrued from hours of play.
Members tone muscles and shed pounds working out on pristine weight and cardio machines or in one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer at 11 Bailey's Powerhouse Gym locations in and around Jacksonville. Coaches acclimate newcomers to basic exercise patterns on circuit-training equipment and craft plans designed to meet specific fitness goals, such as losing weight or building up enough muscle to crack old liberty bells by hand. Each gym puts a different spread of amenities at members' fingertips 24 hours a day, including boxing rooms with double-hung heavy bags dangling from the ceiling and cardio-theater rooms outfitted with multiple big-screen televisions and surround-sound speakers.
A massive big-screen television casts a festive glow across Wing City’s dining room. Pitchers of beer slosh atop tables next to sizzling plates of finger food, including wings doused in 20 types of sauce. Specialty sandwiches, such as classic burgers and philly cheesesteaks, provide filling meals or tasty footballs in case patrons are inspired to go long.
Mattress Firm's large selection of beds from such brand names as Sealy, Simmons Beauty Rest, and TempurPedic ranges from the soft, cushy Direct Milan pillow top (starting at $398) to the firm-and-supportive Direct Havana (starting at $178). Browse the full selection on Mattress Firm's website using an Internet connection and Internet-ready navigation device.
The Color and Glow Run could just as easily be called the Color and Glow Walk, or the Color and Glow Dance. It’s not important how fast racers finish the 5K course, what’s important is what those runners wear. As long as they sport a white T-shirt, they can enjoy a colorful or glow-in-the-dark makeover at the hands of the race’s volunteer crew.