The tech gurus at Verizon-Shift Technologies's stores stock their interactive showrooms with the latest in communication gadgetry, including chargers, cases, basic phones, and high-tech smartphones. Quench phone batteries' thirst for metal-flavored electricity with a home or car charger ($14.99–$49.99) or swaddle a mobile in a fashionable case ($4.97–$49.99) to prevent its prom date from ditching it for a trendy abacus. Mobile broadband devices ($49.99–$99.99) make suitable vessels for navigating the various detours and student drivers populating the Information Superhighway; basic phones ($29.99–$149.99) boast impressive features, such as the 1.3 megapixel camera embedded within the LG Cosmos Touch. Customers can also use a Groupon toward omnipotent smartphones ($29.99–$299.99), including the Android-powered Droid Incredible 2 by HTC and the Android-powered Thunderbolt by HTC.
The staff at Doggone-It Daycare wants customers' dogs to run wild—in a cage-free, climate-controlled environment, that is. Two indoor playgrounds host socialization sessions where pets play with one another, chew on toys, leap over obstacles, or concoct sure-fire plans to finally catch their own tail. Staff members walk each dog at least four times a day during daycare stays, and tuck them into comfortable beds during overnight visits.
At Four Paws Spa, groomer Laura hides nothing, preferring to wash, trim, and pamper pups where everyone can see them. She beautifies every canine that walks through the door and ensures all clients leave the business free of excess hair, fleas, and bad attitudes. The spa's services run the gamut and include shedding treatments, nail trimming, anal-gland expression, and fur coloring for all breeds and sizes.
Mamadou’s Restaurant satisfies visitors with a robust menu specializing in steak and seafood and boasting a healthy selection of soups, salads, and burgers. Diners can inaugurate the foodie festivities with an order of six crab-stuffed mushrooms topped with melted provolone cheese ($6.99) or opt for fried pickles or fried green beans ($6.99 each) to combine the nutrition of vegetables with the fashionableness of a breading jacket. Burgers and sandwiches such as the half-pound cheeseburger ($5.99), the catfish fillet ($6.99), and the classic turkey-club sandwich ($6.59) all come with seasoned fries, enabling eaters to pretend as though silverware has yet to be discovered. Satiate a desire for turf with an 8-ounce slow-roasted prime rib ($14.99, served Wednesday to Sunday) or for surf with a blackened spicy Cajun catfish ($10.99), or combine seafood and landfood with the steak and shrimp, an 8-ounce sirloin with five grilled shrimp reclining on a soft bed of rice ($21.99). All dinners come with a caesar salad or all-you-can-eat salad bar, a choice of starch, a dinner roll, and the vegetable of the day.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Brands Used: Neuro-linguistic programming
Popular Service: Clinical hypnotherapy for smoking cessation
Pro Tip: Sessions can be conducted by phone, in the privacy of your home, or in a public place.
One three-tiered wedding cake sports simple white frosting with sparkling flowers blossoming down the side; another, three edible gift boxes tied up with blue ribbon. The wedding-cake creations that come from the kitchen at L's Bakery defy any classification, other than they're each completely customized to the happy couple's tastes. The same is true of birthday cakes, which can be molded to look like cartoons or decorated to depict an erupting volcano.