It begins with a facial massage with MMIV shave oil, creating a protective barrier and conditioning the skin with Vitamin E. Next, warm towels open pores, soften scruff, and relax muscles without the adverse and downright weird affects of a horse tranquilizer. Finally, hand-whipped MMIV shave cream coats jawlines, another product packed with Vitamin E as well as green tea. This process comprises just the preliminary steps for an Ultimate Shave at M.U.G. Men's Ultimate Grooming. Once faces are prepped, specially trained barbers shave with, and then against, the grain. Then, they wrap smooth faces in a cool towel before spreading on moisturizer like butter on a dry Thanksgiving turkey—but without Grams and Aunt Carol watching closely.
All of the MMIV products are exclusive to M.U.G. Its masterminds spent almost a decade formulating them specifically for the Ultimate Shave, making sure each held an ample amount of conditioning Vitamin E. The staff, which also cuts and colors hair, trusts in the products so fully that they'll give you a refund if the MMIV line doesn't deliver the closest shave since Napoleon bear-crawled away from Waterloo, sobbing into his epaulets.
The Phoenix New Times crowned it the Best Place to Buy a Live Chicken in 2012. An unusual accolade, but one that The Stock Shop’s founders happily accepted nonetheless. When they opened The Stock Shop more than 30 years ago, it wouldn’t have been eligible for the award, since their inventory consisted solely of feed and tack—no live chickens. But as business grew, so did their offerings. Today, staffers still fill the shelves with natural, grain-free, and organic pet foods from brands including Nature’s Variety and EVO. But they also peddle baby chicks, potbellied pigs, and bunnies, gear from John Deere, and all the equipment needed to farm organically, especially in an urban setting. That’s in addition to goodies for pets—leashes, treats, chew toys—and even the occasional cowboy hat. Plus, there’s onsite dog grooming that specifically caters to anxious pooches.
Staffers roaming the 8,000-square-foot of Petz Place often pause to greet regular shoppers and their pups by name. The friendly associates also do their best to spot first-time pet owners so they can direct them to essential items and share tips on how to train their new companions to sit, stay, and greet them at the door with cocktails in paw. They only stock premium items, including durable pet toys and beds, as well as a huge selection of natural and raw pet foods. They also house a colorful community of birds, reptiles, and tropical fish within fetching distance of care products and equipment. In addition to helping keep pets healthy and clean, the store entertains pups and their owners with visiting photographers and, at Christmas time, photo ops with Santa Claus.
With a knowledgeable staff trained in pet CPR and first aid by her side, Malinda draws on 13 years of experience as she entertains and grooms pets at her upscale and secure facility. Each day, tail waggers enrolled in daycare and boarding programs roam freely amid fanciful murals of dogs and cats playing in fountains, relaxing under giant sunflowers, flying in balloons, and selling stocks. Experienced handlers supervise their play, keep their networking areas clean, and take them outside for periodic walks. Overnight guests spend the evening hours in private suites, which come equipped with fleece beds, exhaust fans, air vents, and dimmed lighting.
When they aren't looking after their houseguests, staffers groom dogs and cats with warm-water massage baths, custom shampoos and conditioners, hot-oil treatments, and facials. They also teach CPR and first aid to help pet owners to act well and wisely in the event of an emergency. As a certified pet trainer through Animal Behavior College, Malinda helps humans and their canine friends to reach their full potential and boost their GPAs by offering obedience classes. Guests are welcome to peruse Malinda's shelves, where she stocks Solid Gold pet foods as well as nutritional supplements, toys, treats, and grooming supplies.
The Arizona Humane Society has provided shelter and rehabilitation to homeless and abandoned animals since 1957, watching over more than 46,000 dogs, cats, and smaller critters every year as they await new homes. After proving their eligibility for adoption and consulting with the shelter staff, new owners can choose a companion from any of the pets prowling the menagerie, from puppies and kittens up to 9 months old to adult dogs and cats. Rabbits and ferrets also scurry about, searching for farmers' carrots carelessly planted in an animal shelter. For current owners, the society provides low-cost spaying and neutering services as a public service, as well as education and outreach programs to promote compassion and ensure a safe home for all creatures.
It’s nice to have an option other than the home bathtub to scrub a smelly mutt, and Wag N Wash offers two choices: self-serve or full-service. The basic stainless steel stations get the job done just fine, as customers dress in the provided groomer's apron and man the hand held sprayers with temperature controlled water. The puppy parlor makes sure to include Wag N Wash brand pet shampoo, brushes, towels and professional grooming dryers. For a little more coin, a pooch can get itching and/or dandruff treatments, coat conditioners and even cologne. For one-stop shopping, the bright, squeaky clean store also sells toys, natural food and homemade treats made in a doggie deli.