Paw prints are everywhere within Doggtropolis—adorned on the floors, painted onto tables, and covering the feet of canine customers. Within the shop, self-service stations supply everything needed to clean pups, including shampoo and specialized blow-dryers that won't burn dogs' skin or resurrect the '80s perm craze. Onsite groomers can treat pets to express or full-service grooming packages. They trim nails, clean ears, and express glands, with optional services such as haircuts. To complement these makeovers, Doggtropolis can teach dogs basic obedience and how to plot successful coups against cats.
With 15 years of combined experience and training in Level 3 cell-phone repairs—the highest possible—technicians at Gadget Fix + expertly resurrect smartphones, laptops, and game consoles from the digital afterlife. These services, including screen replacement, VHS to DVD conversion, jailbreaking, and spyware removal, are offered seven days a week, ensuring you can quickly return to using your phone as a $200 compact mirror.
At Showcase Equestrian Center, instructors work to build solid and long-lasting relationships between students and horses through lessons, camps, and therapeutic riding sessions. Maintaining a focus on both events and safety, they help lead students to victory at championship competitions while also working with beginner through intermediate riders during private lessons that focus on riding and proper horse care. Lessons take place either on Showcase Equestrian Center's outdoor grounds or in its indoor ring, which features custom GGT textile footing—the same surface used during Olympic events such as dressage, jumping, and horse shot put.
Most backyards brim with chairs or bird feeders, with nary a feudal fortress in sight. But thanks to FunWorks, backyards can now host inflatable castles, as well as bounce houses and slides. The kid-centric business transports inflatables to homes, daycare centers, and events for afternoons of interactive jumping, sliding, and royal-court hearings. And to make a party extra memorable, characters such as Dora the Explorer and Spider-Man can also visit the festivities.
Though many students come to Mathnasium having fallen behind their classmates, a mathematically advanced child sparked the learning program’s creation. As founder Larry Martinek’s young son, Nic, developed an appetite for higher-level math concepts, Larry found himself developing an entirely new teaching language to explain them in an age-appropriate way. The kind of instincts he sought to build up couldn’t be nurtured by drills and rote memorization. Instead, they required a deeper understanding of the principles at the root of mathematical operations, delivered in a way that grade-school kids could apply throughout their academic careers.
In just a decade’s time, Larry and his team have established Mathnasium centers in most U.S. states and more than a dozen in other countries. At each, highly trained tutors develop custom learning plans for students in grades K–12 based on The Mathnasium Method. The system combines an education strategy of conceptual, tactile, and visual techniques with a curriculum structure that ensures kids can count, think proportionally, and break complex problems into smaller components to solve simply. Tutors allow some time during each session to help students with the concepts in their math homework, and the centers regularly check report cards and standardized tests as further measures of progress.