Donna Manchester?s favorite part of business is something that?s often overlooked these days: old-fashioned social interaction. Donna talks with customers about their lives, their pets, and their tastes. She also shares her knowledge with them during obedience courses. With more than 25 years of experience teaching dogs to sit, roll over, and stop filling out the newspaper?s crossword puzzles, Donna acts as a local dog whisperer, passing along her tips to pet owners.
Woofables’ chefs cater to canines with an array of handmade, preservative-free dog treats. Pups and their owners can waltz into the Woofables' shop to sniff through 16 flavors of specialty dog biscuits including Bark-BQ-Rib biscuits and tooth-shaped Puppermints (each $9.99 per lb.). Bakers handcraft all of the boutique's treats with natural ingredients and no preservatives or chemicals, also stocking an assemblage of specialty treats decorated to look like pizzas, shamrocks, or frogs ($0.99+). Please poodles with chews, gift baskets, and 6-inch birthday cakes, which can be personalized with messages thanking man’s best friend for defending the house against mailmen ($11.99).
Donna Manchester never forgot her favorite song from her childhood. But instead of simply playing The Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things" on repeat, she decided to name her company after it, with a slightly punny twist, of course. She even ties up her items?such as pesto, salsa, soups, and more ?in brown-paper packages with string. The result?happy customers who can share the sweet and savory goodies inside with their friends or keep them for themselves for dinner parties of one.
KO Fitness, Inc. keeps their class sizes small in order to bring more support to clients looking to get fit. In Zumba, Kundalini yoga, cardio kickboxing, and other classes, the instructors maintain an upbeat, supportive atmosphere where they can provide one-on-one feedback and instruction. Additionally, the staff creates for clients meal plans that ensure healthful eating 24 hours a day, eight days a week.
The staff at Varsity Cleaners wants to take the stress out of laundry day. Customers with a load of dirties can drop them off at any of nine area locations and have their clean clothes delivered free of charge. They can also escort their clothes to the laundromat, where for a few coins, the machines will wash and dry their garb without the use of a garden hose.
The lunch menu at Guido's Deli fields a reliable squad of fresh sandwiches and paninis. The American Dream sandwich celebrates life, liberty, and hungriness with roast beef, ham, smoked turkey, and a choice of cheese ($3.50–$7). Eight paninis populate the menu, one for each president who could pat his head while rubbing his stomach. The Naturalist unites portobello mushrooms and roasted red peppers with caramelized onions, artichoke spread, and tomatoes on a whole-wheat platform, and the Italian brings together disparate deliciousness in the form of capicola, salami, mortadella, provolone, and roasted red peppers ($3.50–$7). The caprese panini, like the first Roman recipe books, binds volumes of fresh mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and a fresh basil or spinach pesto spread ($3.75 small/$7.50 large) and makes a fine companion for a glass of freshly brewed iced tea ($1.50).