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.
Big things can grow from small beginnings. Just ask Zoe, the cartoon (and real) canine mascot of The Laptop Guy. The computer-repair shop began with a rented counter in a toy shop, where the company's founder and his dog sold laptops to passersby. His dedication to his customers and Zoe's playful nature brought in more and more customers, until the repair and sales shop could no longer fit next to the action-figure aisle. More than 10 years later, The Laptop Guy has grown into a three-store business that solves customers' smartphone, Apple, Android, and PC issues with online support, in-house repairs, or onsite troubleshooting. Cartoon Zoe and her owner still greet customers on the company's website, and the real-life versions can be found in one of the repair shops on any given day.
After decades spent loving their own dogs, Kelly Santarelli and her husband Pat began Lucky Bones Dog Day Care to nurture others’ pets as if they were their own. Separate playrooms host large and small dogs, ensuring great danes won’t be bullied by howling beagles. When pups tire of splashing in the pool and scampering down slides, a quiet rest area lets them prop their weary paws on beds and blankets. Dogs can take vacations of their own with Lucky Bones' overnight boarding service, which includes access to all daycare amenities.
With a passion for empowering women, Angela Woolridge Portrait puts all clients in the best light during glamour and boudoir photo shoots. In a spacious studio outfitted with large windows and tons of natural light, they encourage and coach clients during these shoots because they understand self-expression boosts self-confidence, which fuels the most striking images. Adding to the glitz and glamour, they pamper clients with hair and makeup makeovers and unlimited wardrobe changes during 90-minute sessions.