A southerner by birth and Californian by the grace of her accounting career, Bark Williams's owner Deborah Sharp helps pet owners bond with pooches during grooming sessions at her hospitable doggy spa. Clients can clip claws and primp paws at the self-service stations, which come equipped with soaps, shampoos, brushes, and dog-care products. Bark Williams also houses a full-service grooming spa that spruces up pups with full washes, haircuts, nail trims, and teeth and ear treatment delivered without any kenneling, crating, or taunting from neighborhood cats. The shop keeps pups feeling as good as they look with optimum raw pet foods from brands such as Halshan Premium and The Honest Kitchen.
Healthy Spot's knowledgeable staff stocks its award-winning eco-friendly shelves with pet food and toys and unfurls a bevy of holistic services for four-legged friends. A large selection of treats, including Plato salmon strips ($13) rewards pooches for good behavior, such as remembering to put the toilet seat down. Donning a supersoft zebra hoodie ($45), pups can catch up on the latest gossip with other canines at doggy daycare ($10/hour; $30/half day; $45/full day). Owners can indulge their furry companions by treating them to a relaxing signature spa treatment ($35+), which includes a shampoo, massage, and permission to chew their way out of the bathtub.
Blending ancient Taoist principles of inner balance with cutting-edge diagnostic, medical, and surgical care, Dr. Annie M. Harvilicz and her team at Animal Wellness Centers cater to pawed companions with holistic care and genuine compassion. When Scruffy gets eerily aligned with his moniker, let him test the uber-cleansing waters of the Best Bath Ever, which includes a gently soothing shampoo, conditioning treatment, hand drying, and regal upkeep tips from the Fancy Feast cat ($30–$70 depending on pet weight). A la carte nail clipping ($16), ear cleaning ($16), and anal-gland expression ($22.50) refresh doghouse dwellers between baths, and canine and kitten insides can get equally spruced with Dr. Annie's own product line of vitamins and other supportive supplements. The center also opens its doors for babysitter-defiant felines and house-party-prone pups with luxury cat boarding ($35/day) and doggy daycare ($40/day), where all fellow overnighters are guaranteed to be vaccinated and free of Milk-Bone–shaped lock picks. Checkups, spays and neuters, behavior classes, and more can also be scooped up with this deal.
A Dog's Life provides high-quality wines grown and aged sustainably on California's sunny coastline, with customizable labels to give pets about six glasses of fame. Select from five wine varieties, such as a 2009 chardonnay with hints of oak and butter ($19.97), or the 2006 cabernet sauvignon, with a flavor that's smooth and complex ($22.97), much like a slide in the shape of a Möbius strip. Vino seekers can also quaff the bold 2007 Rescue Red Reserve and toast to a good cause, as 10% of all proceeds go toward rescue shelters and groups ($26.97). With A Dog's Life's personalization process, each label can feature pictures of your hound, feline, or kinkajou by selecting the "Buy Custom" option, registering on the site, and uploading a picture of your pet.
Even if Aubrey Loots doesn't look familiar, his work probably does. The owner of Studio DNA has served as the hair stylist on makeover shows on OWN and Lifetime and is the head hair stylist on ABC's The Taste. When he's not busy designing manes for broadcast, runway and editorial, he's running Studio DNA alongside his husband and co-owner, Danny Leclair. There, the pair and and their staff give their clients on-trend cuts, color, and straightening treatments, beginning each appointment with a relaxing scalp massage. And they don't stop at hair, either. They also offer makeup applications for special occasions and lessons for those who want to learn why the lips are not where mascara goes.
Facials, massages, and manicures don't only benefit frazzled humans. Thanks to Chef Rocky and his dedicated team at Hor' Dog Walking and Concierge Service, pooches can get pampered with the same kinds of spa-style treatments. Of course, Rocky's crew also specializes in more traditional dog-friendly activities. Regardless of breed and age and whether or not they've been spayed or neutered, canines under Hor' Dog's one-on-one watch can enjoy hours of playing at the park or scampering along on hikes. They can even spend the night at Hor' Dog headquarters, where staff stay on hand 24/7 in case dogs want to stay up braiding their caretakers' hair.