The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Brandishing the latest in dry-cleaning technologies, Dry Clean Xpress's fleet of delivery vans are at the beck and call of dirty-garment owners. Hand over sullied items, such as pants ($5.99), sweaters ($6.99), two-piece suits ($13.99), and dresses ($11.99+), to the hamper-on-wheels, or drop them off at one of their convenient locations. After whisking away your duds, the washing wizards run them through a gauntlet of cleanliness, using gentle solvents to dissolve anything from wine stains to smudges endured during smear campaigns. Committed to environmental friendliness, Dry Clean Xpress soaks clothes in biodegradable detergent and tumbles them through energy efficient washing equipment, replacing splatters of brownie batter with eco brownie points.
They might be far from the mountains, but the performers at Catskills Comedy Club keep their audiences' spirits high. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, a lineup of professional comedians and variety acts delivers a set featuring
After amassing 12 years of combined pet-care experience, animal lovers George Meneses and Alan Aghazadian opened a 3,000 square-foot, cage-free utopia for canines. Inside, dogs are split up by size to frolic around a 900 square-foot playground carpeted with joint-friendly, antimicrobial K9Grass. Cool-water misters and shade-providing awnings keep pooches comfortable in a 1,200 square-foot outdoor playground where dogs stretch their legs or practice cannonballs into the pool. Passionate about humane, dog-friendly conditions, the staff grooms pups in a cage-free room with deluxe John Paul Pet products, crafted by a cofounder of Paul Mitchell. Overnight guests stay in private, oversized pods equipped with windows, so they can look out onto fellow hotel guests or watch for room-service deliveries. The facility boasts modern décor—inside, a loft-like atmosphere has human-friendly seating areas outfitted with Saarinen tables and, outdoors, park benches let humans take a seat while pups burn off energy. In a petite gift shop, boutique products include The Kenyan Collection hand-beaded leather collars, as well as deluxe toys and food bowls.
Animal Planet’s Most Outrageous Pet Digs dubbed Chateau Poochie the “world’s most decadent hotel for dogs” for the lavish care with which the staff treats its canine guests. Tiny nails click on the white marble floors of the lobby, where overnight guests check in at a mirrored front desk beneath a crystal chandelier before a staff member escorts them to one of the suites. Each suite is appointed with raised beds and fleece bedding, access to filtered water, and classical music, while most bear flat-screen televisions so guests can keep an eye on their investments in squeaky toy futures. At mealtime, pet owners choose from a freshly prepared menu of roasted meat accompanied by steamed vegetables and brown rice.
During the day, both overnight and daycare charges enjoy playtime at the Social Lounge, where pups are separated by size so they can romp safely on impact-resistant floors as they dive through hoops, clamber up steps, or challenge their tails to a winner-take-all battle royale. They can also enjoy the fresh air in the outdoor garden or schedule individual playtime with someone from the staff.
Chateau Poochie also houses a luxe salon and spa where grooming sessions can be supplemented by facials and pedicures. Therapeutic massages help whisk away tension, and training sessions teach pups better manners. Cats can get in on the overnight luxury in their own three-tiered abodes, and pet parents keep an eye on their furry friends via 24-hour streaming Web cam.
Restaurateur Pat Galuppi and his son Grant bring their experience working at a tavern and sports bar to their current stint helming Galuppi's, the restaurant for a neighboring Pompano Beach golf course. Next to a sparkling lake marked by fountains and views of the course, the restaurant is well poised to delight at least two senses—in the foreground of that resplendent scenery, a menu of steaks, seafood, sandwiches, and salads presents taste buds with many savory options. Additionally, the eatery's Sunday brunch offers a meat-carving station, waffles, and maple-syrup sprinklers, though corresponding maple-syrup slip 'n' slides don't work so well. Meanwhile, a legion of 11 high-definition TVs broadcasts various sporting affairs from the bar, whereas 10 LCD screens accompany the outdoor patio. A holiday schedule catalogs occasion-specific revelries.