Hand To Paws' staff of pet polishers washes, fluffs, and pampers animals with a variety of grooming and pet-sitting services that keep four-legged family members wagging their tails with glee. A Bath and Brush package ($20–$45+) spruces up furry friends with a sudsing of high-end, all-natural products that inspire finicky bloodhounds to pray for third nostrils, before staffers accent clean coats with decorative bows or bandanas. Other spa services ($35–$60+) include nail trimming for mutts big and small ($5–$8), teeth brushing ($3), and eye-stain treatments ($3). Mature animals in need of some TLC benefit from massage and acupressure ($30), which promotes healing, helps restore liveliness, and gives pooches a forum to flaunt their favorite terrycloth robes.
Even our furry friends have bad hair days, and the experienced groomers at Alice's Pet Parlor are ready to make them better. With their full range of grooming services for both dogs and cats, these groomers clip coats into flattering styles, wash and brush debris from dirty fur, and even clean and pluck excess hair from ears, so pets can't use, "I can barely hear you," as an excuse for not picking up their toys. While waiting for their appointments, pets sprawl out in their own kennel or make the rounds of the parlor as they greet and play with the other clients waiting for their turn in the groomer's chair.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.