At Jonah's Ark Doggie Playcare & Training, play is the key term. In this 2,000-square-foot indoor playground, dogs romp freely, toss toys into the air, and clamber on and off agility obstacles. Plenty of lounge space offers tired pups quiet time as well. According to co-owner Saro Boghozian, wrestling and chasing other dogs not only teaches pups how to behave better, but also aids in their mental development. For further canine education, owners can enroll dogs in the center's training courses. During classes, the staff appeals to each dog's natural intelligence; owners are taught to train their dog with praise, rather than coax them with treats or discipline them with a rolled-up newspaper.
The team at Soirée Planners knows that, unlike their guests, parties are seldom completely spontaneous and carefree. They therefore strive to ease all aspects of the planning and execution process. Operating behind the scenes as well as alongside their clients, the seasoned event staff handles conference meetings with the same attentiveness as glamourous galas. They specialize in corporate gatherings, from conferences to Christmas parties, and customize each get-together so that staff appreciation banners aren't full of crossed-out names.
Their wedding division, meanwhile, helps to prep ceremonies with varying degrees of involvement. Their full-on planning package puts them in charge of almost all aspects, including budget creation, decor, acting as the point-person for vendors, and providing the bride with a personal assistant. By contrast, their less-involved coordination service leaves the finer details to the couple, and deploys the staff to aid with scheduling and day-of supervision.
Joe's Apartment envelops carousers in an unpretentious atmosphere with live music, engaging bartenders, and a considerable dance floor. Skip the long wait and saunter up to the VIP line with two covers ($24 total) in tow and a yarn carnation tucked into your lapel. Souse a draft beer ($5.75) or get your daily dose of veggies with the signature pickle back, a shot of Jameson followed by a pickle juice chaser. Bartenders genially ring Joe's Bell and salute any tipplers taking a shot or reciting the complete works of Proust, and appearances by alternative rock bands, hip-hop acts, karaoke, stand-up, and house band The Roommates keep the air molecules vibrating with convivial frequencies (see the calendar of events). Bedecked with crystalline chandeliers, gleaming wooden floors, and a lively pool table, the interior glitters with as much decadence as domesticity.