Leaning on the knowledge he picked up while earning his degree in marine biology, John Spadola of Clear Aquarium Services monitors the cleanliness of aquatic habitats. He ably tends to freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as koi ponds, preserving each as a safe and hospitable environment for aquatic life. Services span the entirety of aquarium and pond ownership, from the design phase to installation and from water delivery to regular feeding—services that are all preceded by a free consultation.
It's rarely a good idea to indulge dogs with cookies and cakes—unless those cookies and cakes are made specifically for them. That's exactly the case at The Paws of Nature, where owner Kirsten bakes homemade treats for pups. Kirsten and her friend, Michele, had the idea to create a neighborhood pet store with a twist. Today, the twist they envisioned comes in several forms, such as community education programs, conveniently designed self-serve washing stations, and a stock of healthier food choices for pets—including, of course, baked goodies.
Brielle Dog Boutique's self-serve dog-wash houses four elevated pup tubs, granting owners kneel-free access to their canine's besotted coat. Strap on a waterproof apron and combine water with liberal squirts of house shampoo to cleanse fur caked in mud and temporary Marmaduke tattoos. After the wash, owners can take advantage of a fluffy selection of clean towels to dry off their pooch's sopping coat.
When a shop on Ocean Grove's Main Street became available in 2011, fourth-generation resident Cindy Stiles seized the chance to combine her business savvy with her love for animals. She opened Ocean Grove Pet Boutique, which welcomes pet owners and four-legged friends as long as they're vaccinated and leashed. Stiles also enlisted the help of a baker to help make their own all-natural cookies and frozen yogurt. A baker might seem like a misfit at a pet store, but these goodies aren't for the humans. They're for the pets, and Stiles makes sure to give every visiting pup a complimentary cookie fresh from the store's cookie bar.
Aside from the doggie deserts, the boutique also draws in customers with its pet collars, shampoos, and other products made with natural ingredients. Staying eco-friendly is as important to Stiles as being pet-friendly, and as such, there are no plastic bags to be found in the store. Instead, she offers shopping bags made from recycled materials, and when customers bring them in, they receive 50 cents off future purchases and a silent thank-you from every tree they walk past.
At Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow, trusted pet whisperers feed, walk, and care for pets in-home, which allows dogs, cats, birds, fish and other pets to remain at home to field telemarketing calls. Home Buddies' dedicated staff cares for the emotional and physical needs of pets while their families are away on vacations to secret island nations or newly discovered planets. Home Buddies' range of services includes poop scooping, walks, friendly visits, and general pet care. Home Buddies is part of the award-winning Camp Bow Wow, which operates locations across the country.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.