Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
Animal Planet’s Most Outrageous Pet Digs dubbed Chateau Poochie the “world’s most decadent hotel for dogs” for the lavish care with which the staff treats its canine guests. Tiny nails click on the white marble floors of the lobby, where overnight guests check in at a mirrored front desk beneath a crystal chandelier before a staff member escorts them to one of the suites. Each suite is appointed with raised beds and fleece bedding, access to filtered water, and classical music, while most bear flat-screen televisions so guests can keep an eye on their investments in squeaky toy futures. At mealtime, pet owners choose from a freshly prepared menu of roasted meat accompanied by steamed vegetables and brown rice.
During the day, both overnight and daycare charges enjoy playtime at the Social Lounge, where pups are separated by size so they can romp safely on impact-resistant floors as they dive through hoops, clamber up steps, or challenge their tails to a winner-take-all battle royale. They can also enjoy the fresh air in the outdoor garden or schedule individual playtime with someone from the staff.
Chateau Poochie also houses a luxe salon and spa where grooming sessions can be supplemented by facials and pedicures. Therapeutic massages help whisk away tension, and training sessions teach pups better manners. Cats can get in on the overnight luxury in their own three-tiered abodes, and pet parents keep an eye on their furry friends via 24-hour streaming Web cam.
Recognized by the Florida Environmental Protection Agency as a green business, Dry Clean Xpress's state-of-the-art Firbimatic carbon-absorption system and biodegradable detergent lessen the company's carbon footprint while diminishing the prevalence of stains. Its eco-friendly dry-cleaning services purify the fibers of a wide variety of items, ranging from wedding gowns to comforters. The family-owned company helps dirt and grime meet their end at one of many locations across Southern Florida, where clothes can be dropped off by their owners or by Dry Clean Xpress's fleet of delivery vans. Dry Clean Xpress can also clean up the upholstery, comforters, and carpet of any yacht's interior, and its alteration services tailor overgrown dresses or mend pockets torn open by seagulls vying for lunch money.
From buying the hardware, to setting up the home network, to troubleshooting, Spider Tech Support has computer-users covered. The computer techs sell PCs, repair computers with an extensive array of services, and even offer web design.
Restaurateur Pat Galuppi and his son Grant bring their experience working at a tavern and sports bar to their current stint helming Galuppi's, the restaurant for a neighboring Pompano Beach golf course. Next to a sparkling lake marked by fountains and views of the course, the restaurant is well poised to delight at least two senses—in the foreground of that resplendent scenery, a menu of steaks, seafood, sandwiches, and salads presents taste buds with many savory options. Additionally, the eatery's Sunday brunch offers a meat-carving station, waffles, and maple-syrup sprinklers, though corresponding maple-syrup slip 'n' slides don't work so well. Meanwhile, a legion of 11 high-definition TVs broadcasts various sporting affairs from the bar, whereas 10 LCD screens accompany the outdoor patio. A holiday schedule catalogs occasion-specific revelries.
Green Children's House works toward a better future in two ways: by maintaining eco-friendly practices, and by doing its part in creating the next generation of environmental leaders. Established in 2008, the non-profit school has built its educational approach on the findings of Dr. Maria Montessori, making it a Montessori school.
This approach emphasizes activity-based learning, allowing children to pick up skills at their own pace instead of forcing them to join packs of street-wise cats. During class time, students aged 3 months to 10 years interact with staff members while learning about science, math, arts, and even non-traditional subjects such as gardening. No matter the subject, though, the school makes good on its Green name by using paper only when necessary and utilizing technology that adheres to the same earth-friendly philosophy.