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.
Mattress Mart's slumber experts stock their stores with major-brand sleep surfaces?such as Serta, iComfort, and Simmons Beauty Rest?in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Customers can rest their backs on the firm billows of a Factory Select twin set or support larger-scale lumbar regions with a soft, flippable Newport Flush set.
In 1984, Bonnie Strother was working as a nurse, and she decided to place her two young children in the most trustworthy care center she could find. However, her search seemed fruitless, with no center meeting her exacting criteria. Rather than give up, she followed her entrepreneurial spirit and founded her own daycare to make a difference in her community. Rainbow Station continues this mission today, providing a quality care option for the community with a curriculum based on molding youth into good citizens.
Rainbow Station's daily activities draw from the Creative Curriculum school of thought, which emphasizes building on children's natural development through an understanding of theory and a mix of playful activities. On any given day, the children may skip and gallop together, play math games, or design arts and crafts based on their favorite vice presidents. In addition to stimulating budding intellects, the lessons teach youth in the infant and toddler, preschool, and school-aged programs how to interact with one another in a respectful and caring way.:m]]
The cooks at Zero's Pizza don't take shortcuts when preparing their cheesy pies. That means they knead their dough from scratch, and they'd never think of seasoning garlic butter with dried garlic powder?instead, they use whole cloves of freshly roasted garlic. Their sauce doesn't contain any preservatives or artificial ingredients, like in their custom, three-cheese blend. Pizza isn't their only specialty, though. Diners can also order salads, made with romaine lettuce rather than iceberg, hero sandwiches and indulgent sides, such as beer-battered french fries smothered in bacon, cheddar cheese, and sour cream.
Top Shelf Mixologist dispatches licensed and certified bartenders to serve guests at private parties, weddings, and other events. These bartenders draw upon decades of experience as they mix together a variety of cocktails and beverages from customer-provided liquor, creating classic drinks or working around a theme.
Since 1998, when VHS was issuing its final surrender to DVDs, Video Data Services has been transferring analog memoirs into the digital age and saving antiquated formats from a life in the attic. Whether it's home movies shot on 8mm, Super 8, or 16mm reels, homecoming games filmed on bulky VHS camcorders, or a library of failed America's Funniest Home Videos auditions captured in old formats such as Hi8 or MiniDV, Video Data Services treats every film canister, shoebox of slides, or truckloads of videotape like a precious magnetic baby. When transporting celluloid to its more universally accessible DVD form, their crew of technicians clean, condition, and repair any broken splices or tears in frame-by-frame transfers that eradicate flickers or that weird melting film effect that happens with projectors. They also create hand-scanned, cropped, and color-corrected slideshow DVDs from photos and slides, and convert any videotape format to DVD, where nobody can accidentally tape over a wedding with their break-dancing demo.