In Animal Care Centers’ climate-controlled boarding facilities, dogs lounge in the lap of luxury—their VIP dog suites are outfitted with TVs and overlook a koi pond complete with a waterfall. However, perhaps the most important amenity is a team of veterinarians, on call around the clock. And the vets are some of the best in town; the practice has been named "Best Vet in Cincinnati" for four consecutive years by City Beat Magazine. For the past 30 years, the vets have administered vaccinations, screened for heartworm and leukemia, and performed pet dentistry, rather than just teaching pets to chew with wind-up chattering teeth.
The staff members at The Aurora Kennel know that boarding a cat or dog can cause stress for both the animal and its owner, which is why they give personal attention to all of their furry guests. Boasting 43 indoor and outdoor runs, each dog is able to have its own private space complete with a bed, blanket, food, and water. At the facility’s fully enclosed play area, staffers take time to toss around toys and let pups run across 1,600 square feet of outdoor space during one-on-one sessions.
To avoid unnecessary excitement, The Aurora Kennel's staff keeps unfamiliar pets separate and limits pickup and drop-off times to select hours. It also requires that all animals stay up to date on vaccines and sign a temporary peace treaty between cats and dogs. To ensure pet owners are fully informed about their services, the kennel publishes a handy Stuff You Need to Know page.
At White Horse Equestrian, riders earn their spurs during lessons, classes, and outings run by the ranch’s corral of coaches. Students learn horsemanship and riding techniques according to their existing skillset, whether acquiring advanced communication skills or fundamentals, such as where in the saddle to store a pony's sunglasses on cloudy days. Casual visitors can board rented steeds for trail rides, attend themed summer camps, or use the idyllic grounds to host a birthday party featuring games, crafts, and instructional trots.
Owned and operated by three brothers, Horton's Hoagies doles out toasty subs and classic sandwiches for lunch and dinner every day of the week. Prime-rib creations earn first billing on the menu, filling the real estate between fresh bread with rare, well-done, or spicy cuts of meat. Customers highly recommend the prime-rib cheesesteak. Soups, such as broccoli cheese, and chili round out specialty sandwiches alongside salads, chips, and cookies. Horton's also assembles catering trays, which pack enough handheld food to feed large parties or fuel the food-fight portion of jury deliberations.
Since 1988, Pet Supplies Plus has welcomed millions of furry critters of every stripe—from llamas and monkeys to potbellied pigs—into their animal-friendly stores. The shop is designed so that both pets and their owners can easily navigate the inventory of more than 10,000 items. Wide aisles give leashed pups enough room to roam, colorful signage keeps shoppers moving in the right direction, and low shelves allow dogs to sniff out their preferred brand of rawhide chew. A self-serve dog wash enables guests to scrub their canine companions' coats to a youthful, puppy-like shine, whereas grooming services enlist professionals to tackle tougher jobs, such as brushing out matted fur or convincing dalmatians to stop mixing white and black after Labor Day.
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.
Legend Hall Arabians owner Jason Chiles and his wife, Michelle, balance each other out both at home and on the range. A trainer and showing champion of arabian and half-arabian horses for 16 years, Jason thrives on his experience, whereas Michelle—a novice rider—keeps the farm’s atmosphere easygoing, fun, and inviting to riders of all levels. At the Chiles’ scenic 50-acre farm, arabian horses canter around the grounds as students learn western, hunt, saddle-seat, and driving disciplines from Jason in 60-minute lessons held near the 29-stall training barn, where dressage horses get ready for shows by chewing on bales of dental floss.