A specialty dog and cat boutique, Paws Around Town boasts a wide selection of high-quality products to pamper furry sidekicks. The friendly and knowledgeable staff helps shoppers sniff their way through the assortment of toys, treats, clothing, and other specialty items. Handsome hounds can pick up fashions for dog shows, puppy proms, or a chic strut in the park with an ultra-suede Susan Lanci brown jacket ($56.99+) or don a printed top, such as the “Mr. Sexy” white tank ($18), at the beach or gym. Collars and leashes, such as the black-and-white polka-dot pink adjustable collar ($20.99+) or Avant Garde Sherlock retractable leash, outfitted with a comfortable rubber-grip handle ($35.99–$47.99), let owners stylishly rein in pets.
Thanks to parents who encouraged a love of animals, Leslie Rosales woke up every morning to a chorus of whinnying horses, yapping dogs, mewing cats, and squawking chickens. Trimming the long locks of her a family brood of cocker spaniels, Leslie quickly picked up grooming and animal-whispering skills. Over the course of a lengthy career as a vet assistant, she grew fed up with what she considered poor treatment of pets, so she started her own grooming shop with a bankroll of just $400.
Years later, Leslie sold that shop and attempted to retire, but her clients prodded her to return to her beloved profession. First-time sessions take a bit longer, Leslie warns, because she monitors the dog's reaction to each new touch. She clips a nail or two at a time or allows the scissors to lop off a few curls of hair around one ear, before stepping back to reward the dog with praise and love. The process eases pooches into the session and test?s each animal?s mood, much the way one dips a toe into a chocolate fountain to make sure it's warm enough to jump into.
Leslie also offers fresh food for dogs allergic to the standard canine diet of commercial pet kibble and mailman tears. The salon also maintains a pet food pantry for pets of low-income households.
Sisters Mary Shappee and Gert Shuckhart have been taming horses for most of their lives, beginning as children in 4-H club. While Gert manages Majic Stables' office and rare bookmark collection, Mary's passion for riding keeps her in the saddle, where she teaches private and group lessons that rein in riders as young as 5 years old. A 70'x198' indoor arena allows for nighttime and fair-weather rides, and the 100'x200' outdoor area is dotted with jumps and dressage letters for tricky choreography.
At Uncle Vinny's NY Pizza, cooks decorate New York–style pizza crusts with nearly two dozen toppings that range from pepperoni and buffalo chicken to veggies such as broccoli and fresh tomatoes. But before layering on hearty ingredients, they can prep the crust with garlic and ricotta cheese or a drizzle of hot oil—a house signature. Alternatively, the toppings can join more classic marinara sauce or be tucked inside of a calzone or glove compartment before a road trip. After ordering pizza, hero sandwiches, or baked lasagna at the counter, guests can lounge at one of the tables dressed in a red-and-white checkered cloth or take their food to go.
The staff at Precision PDR works to reverse the damage done to cars by Mother Nature. They specialize in repairing the dents caused by hailstorms; this informs their paint-less dent removal service, a quick treatment that can often be completed as customers wait. To complete a car’s new look, they also hand-wash and detail rides inside and out.
Lifelong yogi Katie Windom views the age-old physical art form as a remedy to life’s many ills, from stress and pelvic pain to depression. Katie’s multipronged perspective presents itself in her diverse list of classes, which includes hatha yoga, hot yoga, and sessions catered to kids and teenagers. As a master reiki instructor, Katie injects energy-based spirituality into several of her classes, which she prepares for with a complimentary meditation session every Monday morning.