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The scene is a familiar one: hotel guests lounge beside the outdoor pool as staff members filter around, offering refreshments or collecting clients for a spa treatment. However, at Pet Paradise, the pool is bone shaped and all the guests are dogs. This luxurious scene is one cat and dog owners can find at this boarding and daycare facility that has been owner Fred Goldsmith's pride and joy for a decade. The animal lover was inspired to start his own pet hotel when he simply couldn’t find a place he was comfortable leaving his bichon frise when he went on vacation.

Fred made Pet Paradise to his exact specifications, and the pet hotel's amenities reflect the loving care he lavishes on his own beloved pup. Dogs and cats can luxuriate in spa-quality grooming treatments or burn off some energy during group playtime. In the evening, pets can settle into plush bedding and feel safe knowing that the dedicated live-in staff resides just a bark away. Nocturnal kitties spend the night exploring their own private six-level cat condos while gentle spa music fills the air to keep them entertained. In case of any emergencies, Pet Paradise keeps veterinarians on-call, and in the event of a snack emergency, each staff member is a certified bacon cook.

858 South Business 54
Fulton,
Missouri
US

Third-generation cleaners Kit and Casey continue a more than 60-year-old family legacy as they meticulously clean clothes and fabrics both large and small. Using environmentally friendly solvents, each item is pre-treated for spots and laundered according to the ironclad edicts of its tag. Shirts are treated with a special enzyme detergent that eats away at body odor and foot stains, whereas an anti-sugaring system protects wedding gowns from beer, champagne, food, and mud-wrestling stains. Casey also takes special care with suede and leather garments, cleaning leather jackets herself. Finished items can be put through a professional presser and are then whisked away to customers via free delivery.

21 Conley Rd
Columbia,
MO
US

Cars line up at the drive-thru window, where instead of bags of burgers and fries, staffers hand over bundles of glossy personal photos. Inside Creative Photo & Digital Imaging, digital techs convert media such as VHS tapes, records, and reels to DVD and CD, while across the store, photo experts transfer snaps onto album prints, museum-grade canvas wraps, and gifts such as coffee mugs and puzzles. Heirloom family portraits, ravaged by rips and sun damage, doff their imperfections in the photo-restoration lab, and an onsite portrait studio captures clans as they update their sweater sets through the years. Creative Photo & Digital Imaging also hosts photography classes on subjects from how to take better pictures on camera phones to the intricacies of digital SLR cameras.

2201 Old 63 S
Columbia,
MO
US

Cuisine Type: Modern global; American cuisine
Established: 2008
Reservations: Required
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Lobster mac 'n' cheese
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Please make your reservations ahead of time, we'll be happy to have your table reserved and ready.

Q&A with Billy Giordano, Owner/Manager

Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem—not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
Our scallops are amazing. Can't go wrong with the diablo shrimp and grits either.

Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
We have a comfortable, quaint, contemporary lounge setting, offering an upscale feel with a casual approach. We like to focus on the social dining aspect of eating out. Not stuffy, just well-executed.

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
It's a global approach to modern American dining. Very eclectic, offering vegetarian and gluten free options, along with your traditional offerings in a not-so-traditional way. There's honestly a little bit of something for any palate.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Large group and private parties are our specialty, we pack the house on a regular basis for birthdays and celebrations.

38 N 8th St
Columbia,
MO
US

Lisa Attruia and the animal-loving staffers at A Dogs Meow Pet Grooming & Daycare cater to cats and dogs with grooming and pet-sitting in a homey, Marmaduke-approved environment. Lisa can groom and style pets with custom cuts for their breed, as well as summer cuts and other services such as ear cleaning, nail clipping, and flea and tick treatments. She also offers full-service packages that pamper pooches from head to tail with cosmetic grooming, an oatmeal bath, a blueberry facial, and other treatments.

A Dog's Meow opens daily for doggy daycare, and its pet-sitters have everything a dog needs for a short- or long-term visit. Boarders enjoy climate control, house access (if they’re potty trained), and twice-daily kennel cleaning and sanitation. During extended stays, sitters will even give owners peace of mind by sending video updates, pictures, and email blasts written by their pets.

5300 North Clearview Road
Columbia,
MO
US

A pack of dogs bounds along a white lattice fence as they chase bouncing tennis balls, their footfalls muffled by a charcoal-gray padded floor. One dog is called aside for grooming duties: a nail trim and a bath. With the knowledge that the canine-training professionals at Dog Daze Playcare possess years of training and warm-hearted natures, pet parents rest easy while their animals are away from home. Owner Becky Henson leads this team with more than 20 years of experience as a handler and trainer, having diverted from a career as a competitive horse trainer to work with canines after attending her first dog show. During daycare, she and her staff also work with pups in one-on-one training sessions, teaching them obedience, agility, and cat telekinesis for a nominal fee.

4506 Interstate 70 Drive Southeast
Columbia,
MO
US