The canine experts at PetVilla believe that blueberry facials and CPR aren’t just for two-legged creatures. The staff trains in dog-first-aid courses, ensuring the safety of their animal guests, who visit for play-filled days of doggy daycare or stay overnight under 24-hour watch. While boarding, the pooches sleep in lodging dens with cots and join daycare guests for frolicking in specialized groups. Senior canines relax on their own, whereas puppies join each other to romp about and prank call Clifford the Big Red Dog.
PetVilla also pampers its four-legged customers with grooming services. These range from basic ear cleaning and gland expression to luxurious facials and fur styling. The groomers have even been known to give pooches green mohawks before St. Patrick’s day or walks through a punk-rock festival.
Oasis Hot Tub Gardens instantly transports visitors on mini vacations to other parts of the globe. Each private area?some indoor and some outdoor?takes on a theme of an exotic oasis, from the Isle Royale to a beautiful garden in Japan to the wild hot tubs that grow in the world's secluded forests. Those all become the backdrops for hours of relaxation within hot waters, which stay at a comfortable 102 degrees during the Fall and Winter and 96?100 degrees in Spring and Summer. Should customers need anything, say a change in tub temperature, all they need to do is make a request over the room's intercom?never having to leave their tiny slice of paradise. The private suites house other comforts too, namely stereos, dressing areas, and showers.
At Mark's Mattress Direct, friendly sales folk guide shoppers through no-pressure perusals of the show room's bounty, confident that the store's commitment to same-day delivery and factory-direct, cost-saving techniques speak for themselves. With an arsenal of bedding from trusted brands such as Corsicana and Englander, the inventory caters to the needs of every customer, from the entry-level Burnaby innerspring mattress for the casual napper, to the luxurious Bella pillow top for the more experienced marathon sleeper. Pallets of gel memory foam conform to tired bodies, giving them renewed strength and well-being each morning, while Michigan-made Clare mattresses deliver restful nights of sleep while contributing to the regional economy.
At Lil Learners, students ages 3–12 gather in groups of 3–10 to hone skills in arts and athletics classes, each of which focuses on developing a different part of the brain. Young pencil-wielders in visual arts classes sharpen a studioful of skills including fashion design, comic-book drawing, photography, and building toothpick models of San Francisco. Alternatively, little limbs can kick and chop their way through the athletics curriculum, which includes fencing, martial arts, and synchronized spitball-slinging, or choose between four different dance classes to learn a melody-oriented approach to appendage-whirling. Foreign-language classes teach youthful vocal chords to warble unfamiliar syllables, and music and theater classes round out the school’s eclectic agenda with performance-ready flair.
As he revealed in an article on MLive, Garry Von Myhr thinks about cell-phone repair so much that he talks about it in his sleep. Von Myhr opened Genius Phone Repair with partners Jordan Notenbaum and Steve Barnes. The startup has blossomed out of parent company Note Tech Industries?a cell-phone repair business that Notenbaum was running out of his basement?into a successful organization with ten convenient storefronts.
The entrepreneurs' speedy and affordable services were praised in a feature on WZZM 13 News. They specialize in repairing iPhone, iPod, iPad, Samsung, LG, and Motorola mobile devices, and they stand behind their work with a 90-day warranty. The crew also purchases broken or functional devices for cash, and can recommend phone accessories such as protective cases or pasta-making attachments.
"When we teach—from babyhood—people to move well, they'll enjoy doing it, and they'll continue doing it." Such is the philosophy of Gymco president and co-founder Doreen Bolhuis, which she relayed to the New York Times in a 2010 video report. The importance of starting young kids on the road toward athleticism is something Bolhuis is passionate about, especially as a former elite-level gymnastics coach who's been teaching for more than 35 years. It's a concept she calls "physical literacy," and she's appeared on news outlets such as Today, CNN, and ABC News to discuss how young children's physical training and development is just as important as their mental growth. Along those lines, Bolhuis created the GymTrix line of DVDs to help parents develop babies' fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
And Bolhuis's enthusiasm for childhood fitness is apparent at Gymco, where her staff undergoes a four-step technical and philosophical certification protocol on sports development. She has transformed what began in 1980 as a few classes held in a barn behind a local retirement home into a 5-acre, 16,000-square-foot first location and a second, state-of-the-art facility on the north side of town.
When you walk into either site, you'll see kids scaling rock walls, doing back flips, and defying imaginary pirates as they walk the plank-like high beam, improving their physical skills in sports, gymnastics, and cheerleading classes. What aren't as obvious are the internal changes that begin to manifest, from improved self-confidence and perseverance to the gradual building of character. Fulfilling her start-them-early mission, Bolhuis also offers classes designed specifically for preschoolers and kindergartners.