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Children explore their curiosity and develop social skills, and moms exercise at WeePlay & Learn's 12,000-square-foot play and workout center. Developed by Mary Melzack, president and a mother of four, WeePlay's classes engage emerging senses in babies with music, motor exercises, and toys, whereas toddlers build confidence and fine motor skills as they clamber over equipment. Older tykes encounter ABCs and 123s for the first time so they can finally translate instructions and file their own taxes. Art decks the walls of the colorful, carpeted playrooms, where natural light floods through floor-to-ceiling windows to illuminate children at play. Every morning at 8:20, moms take advantage of fast-paced exercise classes that rotate between Zumba, Pilates, and yoga-inspired PIYO. WeePlay's certified staffers care for infant- to preschool-age kids so that parents can exercise without worrying.
After working with dogs for a decade, Donna Heu founded Poi Dogs Day Care & Boarding. She and her knowledgable staffers mingle with pups throughout a 10,000-square-foot facility that gives dogs plenty of leg room. The team watches over pooches day and night, and grooms them with bath and nail trims. To ensure pets play well together, the center is broken up into separate areas so that tail waggers of similar sizes and energy levels can happily congregate. There's also an outdoor area where dogs can revel in the open space.
At The Color Queen, Allison is a master stylist and color correction expert with 20 years of experience and advanced training from Bumble and Bumble who renders precision, soft, or edgy cuts and uses low-ammonia coloring products. Using her experience fixing bad color jobs and as an image consultant, she expertly mixes up the best hues to complement skin tone and eye color, and serves a wide range of clients from lawyers and CEOs to stay-at-home moms and operate-at-home doctors.