At Bubbles N' Barks, owner Louis George leads his caring staff in glamorizing dogs of all shapes, stripes, and sizes with thorough grooming services. Pint-sized Pomeranians and regal golden retrievers alike emerge from baths with clipped nails, pristine fur, and clean ears with a renewed appreciation for dog whistle symphonies. Alternatively, owners can soak pets themselves with Bubbles N' Barks' do-it-yourself dog-washing stations. The shop's line of branded shirts, hoodies, and hats keeps human patrons looking as sharp as their pup compatriots.
Dogs seem to love getting dirty but hate getting clean. The team at Max the Dog Wash streamlines the process. Waist-high tubs let owners comfortably wash their dogs, scrubbing out fur with brushes and raking out tangles that are havens for dirt in a chorus of gentle splashing sounds and baritone barks. After bath time, owners can reward their best friends with dog treats made in the shop or pictures from the mailman’s awkward high-school years.
The Aquarium Shop unleashes an assortment of aquatic denizens on land-living lifeforms, like a garage sale held by King Poseidon to raise money for repairs to his seahorse-powered cruiser. Items include saltwater, freshwater, and pond merchandise, complete with pond fish ($5–$25), pond plants ($5–$25), pond food ($10–$50), tropical fish ($2–$30), saltwater fish ($5–$100), and live rock ($8 per lb.). Find actors for your all-koi version of Hamlet, pick up an African cichlid for prom-night punch-bowl pranks, or buy coral with which to dress up in doll's clothing and play tea party. The Aquarium Shop also has a large variety of tanks in stock for fish owners looking to update the digs of their deep-dwelling dorsalled doppelgangers.
Barka Lounge eschews cages in favor of 7,000 square feet of open space where dogs can socialize, wear each other out, and nap under the watchful eyes of staff members. Before dogs are allowed in, staff members conduct evaluations with each hound to determine their temperament and opinions about world peace, and then sort nonaggressive dogs into separate play areas based on size and temperament. While they’re at daycare, dogs are given clear boundaries and rewarded for good behavior with pats and praise. Staff members use basic obedience commands throughout the day, but more in-depth training is available separately with a master certified trainer.
Scrubbers Self-Serve Dog Wash & Grooming owner Nikki Budaj realized her passion for animal care when she began fostering dogs and cats in college. This pursuit prompted her to seek more in-depth pet health and hygiene advice from veterinarians and other groomers, which she now dispenses from her own grooming center. Her team of careful staffers hand-grooms dogs and cats of all sizes or gives owners free reign of the self-service facilities to beautify their furry companions. Using waist-high bathtubs and hydraulic grooming tables, staff and visitors are able to clean their four-legged companions with a range of supplied and upgradable shampoos, conditioners, and rinses such as Tropiclean and Top Performance. The cleaning-center staff also performs de-shedding services or fur and nail trims to keep animals well manicured, and forced-air drying is available to gently slough off excess water and recreate the feeling of sticking one’s head out of a car window.