Few sounds recall childhood like the jangling of the ice cream truck. With Pop Lab, owners Nico and Christina dust off that halcyon nostalgia and give it a grownup spin. The duo rents out their ice-cream-man-style push carts, sending attendants to roll through parties and add a splash of whimsy. Serving ice pops out of lemon-lime colored carts complete with a bright green umbrella, they sling alcohol-infused popsicles in flavors such as mojito, martini, and margarita, all made with natural ingredients harvested in Big Rock Candy Mountain. Ice pops also come in alcohol-free varieties, such as cucumber-lemonade, and the sugar can be substituted with natural sweeteners such as blue agave and organic stevia.
Enrique Fuster and the team at Le Chien Pet Spa believe pets deserve the same treatment as humans, which is why they provide animals with the hospitality one would expect from a hotel—which makes it even more convenient that Enrique has a degree in hotel management from Penn State University. Enrique and his crew primp pups with full grooming and haircuts and keep safe watch over them as they stay for overnight boarding or daycare.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
The doctors at Pascual MD have a comprehensive approach to each treatment they provide, whether clients seek cosmetic surgery, medical weight-loss supervision, or classic skincare services. They also equip their office with delicate lasers capable of softening wrinkles, ousting unwanted hair, and drawing old-timey mustaches on hamburger buns.
Under the umbrella of Pet Medical Centers, nine Miami-Dade and Broward-area veterinary hospitals provide sophisticated healthcare for furry, feathered, and scaly family members. The hospitals’ specialty services include nonanesthetic dental care, ultrasounds, radiology, and endoscopies. All locations boast surgical operating rooms equipped with windows and cameras to give owners peace of mind, and many of the clinics are equipped with lasers for blade-free incisions. Besides emergency care, the doctors and technicians—some of whom have appeared as specialists on Univision and Animal Planet—perform general wellness examinations and informative nutritional consultations.
Although medical care provides what pets need, boarding services treat pets to what they want. Most locations double as cat and dog hotels, but only one deserves the title of pet resort—at Coral Springs Pet Resort and Medical Center, animals enjoy a climate-controlled dog park with a pool, baths with massaging jets, and expansive canine suites with window views.