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.
Cushy Cakes conjures up sweet sensations with the lighter-than-air lusciousness of the Andes' famed cotton-candy clouds. Using organic butter, milk, and eggs, Cushy Cakes commandant Melissa Jarquin will whip up a dozen cupcakes ($20) in flavors such as Bananarama, the key-lime-pie-tinged Southernmost Cupcake, and Betty's Carrot Cake, or in the customized flavor of your choosing. Sweet tooths seeking the cream of Cushy Cakes' crop should opt for the Cafe Con Leche, a flavor based on the beloved breakfast coffee, or the Stout Cupcake with Kahlua frosting, made with the beloved breakfast beer Guinness. Gluten-free and vegan cupcakes are also available.
The age-appropriate classes at My Gym Children's Fitness Center helps children develop physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially inside air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facilities. With more than 25 years of experience, My Gym offers structured courses designed to please 6-week-olds bored of dominating family ping-pong tournaments and 13-year-olds in need of some lessons in kinetiquette. Instructors individually coach children and parents through classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, sports, games, special rides, and more.
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.
At Miami Doggy Style, master groomer Jose Coraspe primps pups of all breeds and sizes in a full-service dog spa and training facility. Jose carries out basic grooming, such as washes and shampoos with hypoallergenic products, hand drying each pooch’s coat until it’s fluffy and shiny. He also performs specialty services such as ear cleaning, teeth brushing, Pet-i-cures, and hand stripping—the process of removing dead hair by hand, rather than clippers or scissors, to promote new hair growth and a healthy coat. In the training facility, Jose’s fellow staffers help to domesticate dogs by teaching them social skills, obedience commands, and how to tie a tie.