Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa founder Ray Schneider believes in pampering pets and providing them with the care they deserve. As he told Dan Monk of the Business Courier, "It?s a relationship that?s very hard to explain. When you have a dog, you can understand it.? The Blue Ash resident and entrepreneur created the sprawling, 25,000-square-foot pet hotel?and opened its second and third facilities located in Mason and Boston?because he realizes the lengths to which people will go to care for their furry friends.
Since opening in Cincinnati in 2008, Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa and it's two other facilities in Mason and Boston, have been on a mission to provide five-star service to its four-legged friends. Swathed in upscale atmosphere, the spa is outfitted with all the comforts of home and more; after touring the facilities, Jeff Elkus of David's Voice said, "I wish the last resort I visited had half the amenities of Red Dog." Dogs can stay in private, themed boarding suites with flat-screen TVs and owner-monitored webcams. They exercise and socialize in climate- and airflow-controlled play areas, romp in a three-acre dog park, and don buoyancy vests to soothe achy joints in the heated aquatic center. The hotel also has an air filtration system that cleans air six times per hour. They offer multilevel lodging for cats, as well as canine grooming and training services. Schneider hired and trained a staff for 24-hour supervision and care.
The two young brothers smile shyly from beneath their caps, their suspenders and bowties slightly askew on their small frames. From behind her camera, Tracy Snyder gently asks the older boy to lean in toward his little brother, and as a mischievous smile breaks across his face, she captures the fleeting grin with the click of a button. A champion of immortalizing moments such as this one, Tracy prides herself on creating essence-capturing portraits thanks to her skill for forging relaxed connections between herself and each of her subjects.
Tracy—a shutterbug with years of experience both behind and in front of the camera—founded Little Rascals Photography as a means of exploring the timeless appeal of old portraits, which is often lost in modern portraiture. This predilection for the past is evidenced in her signature sepia and black-and-white shots that hearken to bygone days, thanks to vintage costuming and careful lighting. Tracy further upholds this old-world approach to photography by hand-tinting her monochromatic shots with pops of color. Her strengths in creating vintage looks also translate to the modern photographing style she uses when taking high-school senior portraits. Each carefully arranged shoot is held either in Tracy’s studio, which houses indoor settings with stairs and windows, or outdoors amid the scenic picket fences and waterfalls found throughout the historic village of Sharon Woods Park.
When Joan Barnes founded Gymboree Play & Music in 1976, she envisioned a facility where parents and children could play together in a safe and age-appropriate environment. In the following decades, Gymboree Play & Music spread to more than 30 countries across the globe, helping youngsters from infants to 5 years old develop cognitive, physical, and social skills. The company's instructors lead classes such as Play & Learn, its flagship course, in which parents and kids move through a seven-level program filled with storytelling, play activities, and debates on the merits of sandwich crust. Talented staffers also prep youngsters for school and foster development in areas such as music, art, and sports. Throughout all classes, they make use of custom play equipment designed by acclaimed playground designer and seesaw-tamer Jay Beck.
Run Jump-n-Play takes away Mother Nature's power to spoil a day of fun. No matter if it's hailing or raining, the haven gives kids a space to do all activities recommended in its name. Indoor playground sessions feature swings, slides, trampolines, and basketball hoops, whereas open inflatable play lets wee ones bounce and climb to their hearts' content. Not only can they play ball in inflatable arenas, they can also explore an inflatable ocean filled with sharks, dolphins, and treasure, or head to the Cosmic Glo arena for glow-in-the-dark bowling and golf. Taken as a whole, Run Jump-n-Play becomes not only a great place for children to burn off steam, but also a favorite spot to celebrate birthdays and work through an irrational fear of air.
At its three locations, Martinizing Dry Cleaning gives linens and clothes no excuse to remain unbathed thanks to a m?lange of grime-obliterating services. Caked-on dirt and hotdog-shaped mustard stains leap from blouses, skirts, and suits thanks to a waterless solution that leaves garments pristine. Martinizing Dry Cleaning's team of experienced and meticulous cleansers handles each task with care, preparing newly revivified items for pickup, delivery, or teleportation.
Pooches and felines of all sizes and pelt types receive intensive pampering during Shear Pawfection's premium cat or dog grooming. Using the immersive HydroSurge system, the professional staff wrestles out fur grime with an oxygen-infusing spray, leaving skins smoother and sheens sheenier. Beast beauticians lather the puppy- or kitty-covering with all-natural shampoos before combing and cutting the coat to the owner’s preference, revealing a treasure trove of lost kibbles and car keys. Clippers tame unruly nails, and a thorough ear washing prevents the growth of infection-causing bacteria and helps pets hearken to their squeaky-clean conditions.