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.
The Petals staff floods their space with the sights and fragrances of flourishing blossoms. A vibrant collection of sunny yellow tulips stretch out of their glass vase and sport a fashionable yellow ribbon ($34.95 for 10), and Teleflora's Sweet Thoughts crowns its collection of passionately red roses and purple wax flowers with strands of bear grass tied to form a heart (starting at $34.95). The How Sweet It Is arrangement unfurls a selection of pollen mansions including light-orange roses, hot-pink and red carnations, and matsumoto asters (starting at $34.95). To class up any classy engagement or the classroom of a beloved horticulture professor, the Arrive in Style collection exudes elegance with hues of white Asiatic lilies, cushion-spray chrysanthemums, and other photogenic foliage (starting at $34.95).
Stocked with tools and home appliances from factory overruns, Direct Tools Factory Outlet outfits consumers with new and reconditioned power tools, grills, and accessories at discounted rates. The shop vends electric screwdrivers, drills, and saws by Ryobi, and keeps them running with a range of batteries and chargers. Stok Island gas grills sear steaks atop 363 square inches of cooking space, and once the barbecue is over, grill masters can cloak the grill with a double-layered vinyl cover. Direct Tools Factory Outlet also purveys a range of vacuums by Dirt Devil and Hoover, allowing homeowners to suck up fur from their dog or Chia pet with ease.
Housed within an art gallery and wine shop, the Urraro Gallery outfits artwork and keepsakes with close-fitting protective frames. Staff lead patrons through a smorgasbord of wood and metal frames to find the border best suited to protect a portrait from harsh sunlight or the oily fingerprints of a child robot. A plethora of mats in various colors, textures, and shapes can accent prints, and shadow boxes house treasures such as a collection of medals, a lock of football-mascot fur, or a hobo's shadow. The average cost for a custom frame ranges $50–$150, and frame sizes range from quaint 4"x6" memory-keepers to 40"x60" frames large enough to hold a life-size print of a miniature pony. After framers finish their work on-site, clients can pick up the finished piece in the store or have it shipped home.
Claytopia's spacious studio gives children and adults a place to test their creative chops through the medium of clay painting. A wide variety of blank, premade clay bisques offer myriad canvasses upon which the fevered imaginations of patrons may be projected. Bisque prices range from $1 to $50 per piece, and an hourly fee applies ($6 per hour for adults, $4 per hour for children under 13) to cover unlimited use of all paints, glazes, stencils, stamps, and other instruments of artistic creation, including philosophical advice and painting tips from the talented staff. Possible paintable forms include coffee mugs, plates, picture frames, and Disney figurines. All bisques and paints are food, microwave, and dishwasher safe. After painting and glazing their piece of choice, art makers should allow a week for the bisque to be fired in the kiln and laid off from its part-time job before picking up the newly hardened artistic creation.
For 60 years, Al's Awning Shop has been awing residential and commercial clients with custom-made awnings, custom-designed canvas products, and more. Today's sidecar Groupon keeps the wind off your back while you test the ice for cracks. The ice hut, which measures 44"x58" at the base and 52" in height, has room for two tenants and features four pockets, two zippers, and two windows. Made with a sturdy, durable canvas, the hut can be easily assembled, dismantled, and hoisted by a solitary ice-fisherman.