The dog handlers at Central Park Dog Daycare love pups, and they ensure that each dog under their care receives special attention while the dog romps in both outdoor and indoor play areas. Staff makeover pooches by bathing or trimming their fur during grooming sessions. Plus, Central Park’s dog-centric boutique stocks everything a pup needs, from collars and leashes to toys and video games.
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During her many years as a pet groomer, Tina Bebee witnessed grooming methods that filled her with dismay. In 1991, she decided to open her own grooming shop, naming it in a way that made its specialty clear. From a basic nail trim to a full bath with shedding treatment, each session is performed by caring mane tamers, and Gentle Pet Grooming's managers oversee and check the work of all groomers-in-training. When possible, dogs are paired with the same groomer at each visit to establish a loving bond and make the experience more pleasant for tender-headed mutts.
Pieces of baseball paraphernalia adorn the walls at Diamond Dawgs, where the menu boasts 15 hot dogs with affectionate, baseball-themed names. The Dawgmaggio piles marinara sauce, sautéed onions and mushrooms, fried pepperoni, and mozzarella atop a grilled italian sausage, and the Chicago Cubby pitches a classic Chicago-style dog, complete with tomato, onion, relish, peppers, pickle, and a poppy-seed bun. The menu also offers a slate of chicken wings, doused in 11 different sauces that range from mild to incredibly hot, alongside soft-serve ice cream and freshly baked cookies.
Skin doesn’t only cover the face; it covers the entire body. That’s why licensed aesthetician Lorna Dillon performs facials and glycolic peels to revitalize the complexion and back facials to treat areas that are often overlooked because they are hidden beneath capes. Along with skincare services, Lorna assuages muscles and stimulates circulation with 20-minute scalp massages, removes unwanted facial hair with waxing services, and highlights facial features with professional makeup applications.
Stephanie Gau has loved dogs all her life but it wasn't until she discovered Meatlovers, the nutrient-rich organic dog food used by police departments, that that the idea to open her own business took shape. Meatlovers wasn't a new concept, as the company had been around since the invention of dogs in 1949, but Stephanie, who had worked in law enforcement, felt she could combine the time-tested food with other products and services and her passion for canine care.
Today, the dog lover packs her shop with locally made goodies waiting to fill the stomachs of man's best friends. She works with the local Yellow Dog Bakery to outfit canine chompers with treats such as birthday cakes, pupcakes, and decorated cookies. Stephanie also educates customers on proper dog nutrition, while Waggles—the store's dalmatian mascot—attends local events at dog parks and garden shows.
In addition to the retail shop, Stephanie and her team groom pups and run a boarding center. Unlike most kennels, Tail Waggers' crew doesn't keep their furry friends inside crates or cages. Instead, canines spend nights in doggy hotel rooms and days in a play area, where they can bounce and play cribbage with other dogs between regular trips outside.
Kevin McCorkle, KJM Equestrian's owner, keeps his 45,000-square-foot outdoor riding ring level, ready for students of any skill level. Of course, the dirt has been packed down by 42 years worth of the passage of horse and rider, so maintaining its surface and jumps might not be quite the challenge that it initially sounds. Over the decades, Kevin focused on introducing top-notch amenities like the outdoor riding rink to his school, including two 20-stall barns with 12-foot-wide center aisles, wash stalls with hot and cold water, and a 14,580-square-foot indoor riding rink. He even added floodlights to his outdoor corral, equipping his facility to fend off both weather and darkness so the lessons can continue.
He and his cadre of instructors take on any student of any skill level, ages 7 and older. Trainers each possess their own field of expertise, together having knowledge in the whole sport of horsemanship. More importantly, Kevin says, "Each instructor has over 20 years of experience in the equestrian field, including the show ring." The staff of veterans encourages the bond between animal and rider, and trains the duos to pursue the highest levels of competition or merely take turns carrying one another to and from work.