With three individual chains in its family of stores?Pet Valu, Paulmac's Pet Food, and Bosley's?scattered across Canada and the northeastern United States, Pet Valu claims the title as the largest pet-supply retailer in North America. Inside its well-stocked outlets are more than 7,000 products for dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, birds, and other animals. These include specialty items that range from grain-free dog food and multilevel bird cages to hamster balls that resemble helicopters and neon-colored shells so your hermit crab can achieve success in the online-dating world. Some locations are furnished with grooming facilities where professionals pamper dogs with shampoos, nail trims, and other perks, along with self-serve stations let owners wash their own pets. Stores also partner with local shelters to host regular adoption events.
The dating gurus at SinglesEvents.com have teamed up with an array of local businesses to throw a four-hour bash of games, prizes, music, and drink specials for local single folk. Partiers can toast the evening with a complimentary beer, cocktail, or house wine (first drink free, additional drinks cost extra) on Bourbon Blue's new outdoor deck, admiring the blues and greens of the river. Rather than breaking metaphorical ice with literal nunchucks, guests can let personalities from 95.7 Ben FM and Date My Text warm up the crowd with mingle-making games. An indoor lounge invites visitors to bust their best dance moves or lean nonchalantly against the bar, which will serve drink specials such as $3 draughts and $5 martinis. Light snacks will sate stomachs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and complimentary cups of Illy Issimo coffee will keep drooping eyelids propped open, even if the DJ plays an all-lullaby set. Revelers can also compete for a trove of prizes, including Phillies tickets, a party at McFadden's ballpark, private dance lessons, and romantic, horse-drawn bus rides.
Flush with the success of their first restaurant, The Couch Tomato Cafe, business partners and college buddies Craig Mosmen and Michael Cassano have expanded their plant-themed empire with The Couch Tomato Bistro. Situated in the Manayunk district among an array of boutiques, salons, and nightclubs, the comfortable yet formal dining space surrounds diners with loft seating, cut-stone walls, hardwood floors, and modern lighting fixtures.
The Bistro?s dinner menu is filled with thin-crust, New York style gourmet pizza creations topped in San Marzano sauces and Grande mozzarella cheese. Produce is ordered and prepared daily and used to cover pizzas, fill salads served with homemade dressings and rolls, and add splashes of color to otherwise lackluster chef uniforms. Gourmet small plates encourage sharing, while an intentionally limited menu of specialty pizzas, salads, wraps, paninis, and homemade soups allows The Couch Tomato Bistro?s cooks to maintain a high level of quality.
A cute and eclectic gift boutique on Main Street in Manayunk, The Little Apple stocks new, vintage and repurposed cards, jewelry and housewares that can’t be found anywhere else. Screen printed tote bags are in the company of artistic special-occasion cards, inspiring books, candles and oil diffusers with the scent of Aloha Ochis, small glass vases, lotions and perfumes with exotic aromas such as gin and rosewater. Vintage trays and chests of drawers serve as display cases for most of the merchandise, bicycle-themed glassware fills one bookshelf and a small velvet-lined case holds jewelry made by local artisans. Quirky gifts for infants and pets inhabit the back room.
When the owners of City Avenue Cleaning Service were kids, chores always came before fun, and this discipline helped them learn how to keep a house spotless. Now backed by 17 years in the cleaning business, they oversee a team that will polish houses and offices with no-streak cloths and their own cleaning solutions. On cleaning day, a team of trained techs helmed by a watchful supervisor heads to the client’s location, where they wipe down kitchens, sponge bathrooms, and mop floors before backing their work with a guarantee. They’ll gently tuck linens into beds and wash walls covered with scuffs, crayon marks, or mysterious hieroglyphics.
When they aren't doing regular cleanups, the team helps rescue homes sullied by flood and fire damage.
Operating out of a cute, two-story converted brick rowhome in Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood, the Canine Clippers is a complete pet-grooming salon. Owner Ed Foy and his staff service all breeds of dogs and will even tackle shy, scared or otherwise difficult family pets. Cats are welcome too, of course, but it’s mostly about dogs at this namesake clip and primp shop. The business also does pro bono work with local shelters, sprucing up the looks of their shaggy clientele in order to help them find a permanent home. Foy’s knack for working with animals comes through in his simple, dedicated shop and friendly demeanor; making your pooch look perfect is just part of the process at Canine Clippers.