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.
Three Dog Bakery pleases puppy palates with an array of tasty treats baked from all-natural ingredients. Bring in a dog versed in eating but not recipe reading and have it sample canine-captivating culinary creations made from nourishing, health-conscious ingredients, such as whole-wheat flour, honey, oatmeal, remote controls, molasses, peanuts, car tires, and eggs.
ABQ Dogtown furnishes fully equipped space for clients to give their four-legged friends a thorough scrub-down. A practical way to bond with slobber buddies, regular grooming sessions at a self-service dog wash spares owners the messy bathroom that makes them wish they’d gotten a different pet, such as a self-cleaning cat or oven. Spacious tubs give bathees room to wiggle as DIY shampoo, conditioner, brushes, and perfume treatments transform muddy mutts into a prize pooches. ABQ Dogtown rents wash stations by the half-hour based on the animal's size, stocking all the necessary grooming supplies except for clippers and scissors ($10–$20), and clips claws with professional nail trimming by members of its staff ($10). Post-bath, owners can find numerous ways to spoil spick-and-span schnauzers in the pet-consignment boutique, an emporium of discounted beds, crates, and accessories such as leashes, collars, pointer pinafores, and boxer boxers.
The gentle groomers at Dawg Gone Good gussy up canines large and small. Breeds of all sizes can prance into the studio for a cleansing wet or dry or groom. Both services include a nail and hair trim, teeth and mane brush, and an ear cleaning to ensures dogs no longer feign deafness to ignore commands to take out the trash. The wet groom entails a traditional shampoo, whereas the dry groom, available for dogs over 30 pounds, includes a waterless shampoo and leave-in conditioner treatment to moisturize fur coats in preparation for the impending cold, dry winter weather.