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.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
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.
La Dolce Photography's cofounders Alan Bogusky and Dan Zitofsky began their own photography venture after Alan left his band's photo shoots dissatisfied with the photographer's work. Striving to capture a personal essence that was missing in those photos, the duo works with other seasoned shooters who immortalize over-the-shoulder gazes during photo shoots outdoors or within a spacious studio. The brick-walled space hosts meetings between passionate photographers, in-house professional makeup artists, and their prospective subjects. After sessions, editors retouch images to ensure immaculate skin, flawless lighting, and a background free of phone booths trying to jumpstart modeling careers.
La Dolce's photographers learn to keep subjects at ease and spot their cardboard-cutout replacements with the aid of trainers from affiliated Miami and London studios. For outdoor sessions and workshops, La Dolce partners with outdoor-nature photographer Jeff Berkes, whose lens has captured extreme weather and landscapes for publications such as National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and Outdoor Photographer.
In a high-ceilinged, sunlight-drenched and fully renovated factory building at the edge of Manayunk’s Main Street business district, Caring for Cats is a multipurpose resource for felines and their owners. Keep your kitty healthy and purring with Caring for Cats’ veterinary services, including on-site radiology capabilities and a maintenance program designed specifically for older animals. You can even untangle and beautify your long-haired feline with their grooming services, or board your buddies here while you’re out of town. Simple point-of-sale pieces at the front of the facility help keep your kitty well groomed with flea combs and toys too, so they’ll quickly forgive you for the bath. Best of all, barking or otherwise curious dogs are never an issue at this cats-only facility.
When working to improve the operations of their business clients, staffers at Paradigm Group Consultants refer to the three qualities that have aided in their own success: innovation, implementation, and improvement. With the aid of their optimization experts, businesses learn new ways to handle their operations, institute those methods, and continue to chip away at inefficiencies, such as accidentally buying chairs with three armrests. The group splits its focus into four specialities, including talent management, human-resource strategy, diversity and inclusion, and organizational development. The consultants also offer training courses to individual businesspeople on such topics as interviewing candidates and being effective leaders.