Helmed by a pair of passionate framers, Middleton Art & Framing takes pride in carefully protecting artwork from the ravages of time and sunlight through in-house constructed frames and glass that protects against UV damage. Local artwork adorns the walls of the cozy store, where guests confer with the knowledgeable staff to find the ideal frame to accent and protect any outlandish item, such as Turkish rugs, racing suits, or frame collections.
Using only natural starch in its cleaning products, Middleton Cleaners removes unwanted dirt, grime, and stains from clothing without leaving behind chemical smells and residue. The company’s dedicated stain slayers cleanse soiled pants, sweaters, blouses, skirts, suit coats, and collared shirts, restoring the vitality of their youth when they could frolic and roam free across department store prairies (each $7.25, plus $1.35 for silk items). Two-piece suits and plain dresses can be pressed back into service just in time for a fancy party or professional prom reenactment ($14.50, plus $2.70 for silk).
Angie Schuldies and Nate Mathis have always loved having pet dogs and cats. Eventually, they extended their care and attention to animals outside their homes by working with rescue groups and fostering dogs. This consistent volunteerism fueled their vision of one day owning a doggy daycare—a dream realized by The Dog Haus. During daytime sessions, pups romp together in an indoor play area supervised by animal-loving caretakers. Besides overseeing the fun, the staff trains furry companions, working to refine their manners and social skills, such as mastering a firm pawshake while maintaining eye contact.
For dogs needing overnight accommodation, the boarding program available at their 410 Atlas Avenue location welcomes them to socialize and exercise during the day and snooze in a private kennel at night. Larger kennels can accommodate family packs. Additional services include petsitting, transportation, and grooming.
Named Best Honey in 2008 by the Dallas Observer, Round Rock Honey's 100% natural local wildflower honey is harvested from more than 90 sites by owners Konrad and Elizabeth Bouffard and their crews of trained beekeepers. With precision, they remove the liquid gold from hives by centrifuge, ensuring that pollen, trace minerals, and complex sugars are never compromised during the honey harvest. They then pour the honey through a stainless-steel sieve to remove potential bee legs and wings, wax caps, and miniature tiaras before bottling it and selling it to specialty stores, farmer's market visitors, and online customers.
A similar procedure happens in other parts of the country at Round Rock's beekeeping schools. During classes, Konrad Bouffard and Beekeeping Academy teachers impart their beekeeping knowledge upon suited-up students while they extract honey from a live beehive. Along the way, novices learn about the finer points of raising bees and keeping them healthy, as well as bee handling and lullaby-buzzing.
Founded in 1921, Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) is an open-admission shelter that cares for approximately 7,000 animals every year—including companion animals, exotic species, farm animals, and injured or orphaned wildlife. It accepts all animals regardless of age or health condition. In 2003, DCHS partnered with the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine to become the first organization to treat ringworm, an infectious disease once thought untreatable in animals, and has since saved the lives of more than 650 cats.
Every animal that enters DCHS’s facility receives necessary medical treatments. After being microchipped and evaluated for behavioral issues, companion animals are placed with permanent families. The organization also helps rehabilitate ill, injured, or orphaned wildlife through its Four Lakes Wildlife Center program. When not working directly with animals, DCHS advocates for humane animal laws and provides outreach programs to teach people about animal welfare.
The staff at Hybrid Salon combines artistic sensibility with technical savvy, and the result is one dynamic salon. And folks have noticed. For three years running, Hybrid has taken home the Talk of the Town "Costumer Satisfaction Award". Along with their outsized dose of talent, the staff arms themselves with only high-end Redken coloring products in their services and treatments. Beyond basic cuts and colors, they offer Brazilian blowouts, waxing treatments, nail art, and a full blow-dry bar. No matter the treatment, stylists make a point to meet with new clients before every service to ensure a personal touch.