The many varieties of exotic fish at Pacific Aquarium and Planet, in the Lower East Side, are the focus of the stock and attention of the staff. It’s not unheard of for sales to customers to be denied for lacking the proper equipment to support some of the very sensitive, exotic species. Both fresh and salt water fish are available, including Japanese koi, cichlids, arowanas, praecox rainbows, cardinals and even stingrays. Believing environment is just as important as water quality and filtration systems, the shop sells live coral and aquatic plants like Riccia, Java Moss and Glossostigma. The regular maintenance service is also strongly recommended to newbies of exotic fish collecting.
Signature service: Full Baths and Grooming
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2–4 hours
Brands Used: Les Poochs, Isle of Dogs, B3, and Aroma Paws
Pro Tip: We want your pet groomed to pawfection. Please don't hesitate to be specific or to bring pictures.
Word of Jesse Brezina's dog walking prowess spread quickly, and soon Jesse found himself with a viable business on his hands. He's pulled together a passionate staff of dog lovers to take clients' four-legged friends on neighborhood jaunts. Staffers walk just one dog at a time, so owners rest assured that their pups' leashes aren't being tangled with a stranger's. The dog-walking staff stay overnight if needed, or escort pets to appointments with the groomer, vet, or interior decorator. Afterward, walkers text owners with an update on their pets' well-being.
As a pioneer of the alternative pet-care movement for more than 20 years, Whiskers offers organic and chemically cleared goods to city-dwelling critters and their conscientious keepers. Begin your pet’s lifestyle overhaul with phytonutrient-rich vitamins from Udo's, which contain whole food concentrates for healthy coats, increased energy, and keener squirrel radar ($15.99 for cats, $25.99 for dogs). Or, upgrade treat time with high-protein, low-fat buffalo strips from Rosie’s Rewards, which satisfy snack-cravers who lack the opposable thumbs necessary for hitchhiking to Denny’s ($13.99). Herbal aids for pet cough ($17.99 for 2 oz.), dirty ears ($9.99 for 0.5 oz.), and upset tummies ($45 for 8 oz.) make up Whiskers’ own line of natural remedies. Less-than-lustrous locks get love from Dr. Shawn’s organic, all-in-one shampoo, infused with tea tree oils, aloe vera, and coconut ($22.99 for 16 oz.).
The DoggyDASH facilities boast grooming stations where dogs receive the full pampering experience: haircuts, baths, brushing, nail clipping, and ear cleaning. And, to make the styling process as smooth as possible, pet-loving groomers maintain a calm, welcoming disposition during each appointment. This dedication to canine comfort is standard of all services at the pet boutique. The staff accommodates dogs for daycare visits as well as longer boarding stays, both of which entail three walks a day for every pup, a more fun workout than playing fetch with a sandbag. Even canines that aren't checked in can still benefit from dog walking services around the city—30-minute "fun walks" and 60-minute "park walks" depart from owner's homes, with complimentary pick-up and drop-off for any residence below 90th street.