After their beloved cocker spaniel Reuben passed away, Pet Planet's mother-and-daughter founders opened their first store in 1996 to supply customers with healthy pet treats and toys while simultaneously educating guardians on optimizing their critters' wellness. Today, Pet Planet's ace management team oversees many locations throughout North America that dispense holistic-style pet food alongside grooming services, kennel care, training academics, and workshops for understanding the language of tail wags. Pet Planet avidly supports Kali's Wish Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating cancer in animals, as well as the Guardian Movement, which encourages humans to call themselves pet guardians instead of owners to create more empathic person-and-animal relationships.
The students at Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy are not yet professionals, but it would be hard to guess that based on the way their hands deftly untie knotted muscles and nurse sore shoulders back to health. Their signature whole-body massage systemically targets the nervous system, erasing tension quickly.
Kids love building things almost as much as they love destroying things. A stack of blocks is a crash waiting to happen, just as cupcake batter is an aerial missile waiting on a mold. Herein lies the genius of Legos: kids may build, then they must disassemble––funneling children's capacity for creativity. Bricks 4 Kidz organizes this interlocking rise and fall of Lego bricks with diverse programs and events. Whether it's an afterschool, pre-school, or in-school program, they help kids trigger their imagination with not just Legos, but with stories and learning opportunities. Special themed bricks cast kids into outer space or onto the sets of their favorite movies and video games. For more advanced activities, kids can create stop-motion animation or junior robots.
Information-technology pro Bill Henthorn intuitively understands the whirling gizmos and rusty sprockets that make up modern computers, and he uses his talent to restore customers' machines to full working order at CSR Computer Service Repair. With services ranging from laptop repair and video transferal to custom-built video-game computers and DVD repair, he helps customers finally free themselves from the burden of carrying a manual typewriter around at all times.
Since 2003, Nolan Preen has DJ'd parties with hits that keep groups dancing or set the mood for socializing over cocktails. His company, Okanagan DJ & Bartender Services, also dispatches bartenders with Serving It Right certificates to mix cold libations. Preen can help with other aspects of event planning as well; he'll assist in selecting a venue, finding the right photographer, or bringing in fog machines and LED disco balls.
The dog lovers at Yuppie Puppy groom pets with precision and care, expertly trimming fur, untangling knots, and shampooing coats. They can even safely dye your dog for special occasions—bright pink for Valentine's Day, for example, or camouflage for surprise attacks on the neighbor's cat. In addition to offering grooming services, Yuppie Puppy takes pet portraits, oversees doggie daycare, and offers boarding for pets.