With four professional wash stations, commercial-grade spray heads, and high-velocity air dryers, Candy's Dog-O-Mat equips owners to reclaim pups from the forces of filth. A secure, gated bay encloses the washing area, allowing customers to bring their entire Iditarod team at once. Removable doors and telescopic ramps facilitate the canine's entry into a raised, stainless-steel tub, which is cleaned and disinfected after each use. Tokens buy seven minutes of washing or drying time each, and may be used across multiple visits (valued at $5).
The Benchmark Outfitter equips customers with element-tested adventure gear, packing caravans with accessories ranging from sleeping bags to outdoor attire. Ladies surmount Mother Nature’s challenges enrobed in a cotton North Face logo tee ($20) and Patagonia lightweight bottoms ($45) with fast-drying, moisture-attacking polyester fabric. A men's multifunctional friction belt ($20) keeps pants in place and doubles as a lash strap during climbs or lasso during duels with wild cowboys. To lug all your gear with ease, fasten on a Burton Treble Yell pack ($34.95), which has room for a laptop, water, or drums full of trail mix. Adventures also find seasonal paraphernalia tucked within the shop’s confines, with skis for winter’s snows, tents for summer’s sun, and nets for spring’s leprechaun hunts.
Jacob Shoushan is on a mission—to not only outfit people's feet with comfortable and long-lasting shoes but also to support underserved American children. His company, Jacob Shoes, slips canvas footwear in an assortment of colorful patterns onto customers’ feet and donates $1 for every pair purchased to Save the Children. This worldwide organization provides underserved children with food, school supplies, clothing, and medical attention in order to ensure a better life and help break the cycle of poverty. Patrons can feel good about buying a pair of fiery red Jessicas or some black-and-white striped Alexanders, knowing their purchase is being used for the betterment of tomorrow.
World of Beads' beading whizzes instruct small classes of beginner bauble makers in beading and wire technique. Assemble a group of friends, neighbors, or estranged high school counselors for an Introduction to Beaded Jewelry class, where students delve into the topics of color theory and design before selecting worthy spheres and appropriate cording to create two in-class projects. Beading pupils construct a strung bracelet and dip earlobes into the refreshing world of earring creation, then take their sparkling treasures home to stow in a favorite jewelry box or cryogenic chamber. During the Wrapped Up In Wire, instructors illuminate the art of wrapping wire and headpins to help students craft earrings and necklaces. After classes end, stick around for a free in-store jewelry demo or entertain eyes with World of Beads' colossal collection of gems and Swarovski crystals.
Though LaDawn has loved baking with her mother and grandmother since childhood, Sweets By LaDawn began as an accident. After LaDawn told her coworker that her (nonexistant) recipe for Italian cream cake was better than a local restaurant's, she then quickly cobbled together a cake to bring in. Surprisingly, all of LaDawn's coworkers agreed her cake was in fact better than the restaurant's, and the orders for cakes started coming in. After relocating to Cincinnati from Baton Rouge following Hurricane Katrina, she now creates custom cakes that she sculpts into 3-D shapes, tops with printed images, or frosts to a decorative finish. She starts with a choice of cake batter in flavors such as lemon, red velvet, or spice cake. From there, she can pipe cakes with a swirl of cherry, Oreo, or chocolate bavarian cream fillings. She then frosts the entire thing in a pristine layer of cream cheese, buttercream, chocolate ganache, or molded fondant. Outside of cakes, she also crafts cookies and cupcakes. Plenty of parking is available near Sweets by LaDawn, and customers may sit in the shop's outdoor seating area to enjoy treats from inside.
This independent running specialty store equips feet for their hard knock lives with gear from brands such as Adidas, Merrell, and New Balance. Casual wearers can peruse the lifestyle section for Chaco and Teva brand shoes, while running enthusiasts armor up for the tracks with broadsword-proof headbands or Nike, Asics and Saucony shoes. The Running Spot's experienced staff members combines their knowledge and custom shoe-fitting technology for a double whammy of expertise in finding the best fit and type of shoe for their customers.