A pup’s day at Doggie Paradise tends to resemble one a human child might experience: playtime, exercise, naps, and a ball to gnaw on. The facility’s wide-open space separates into several dog runs, allowing similarly tempered and sized pooches to socialize and play. Whether staying for daycare or overnight boarding, each guest is ensured ample attention from the friendly staff, along with timely feedings, medications, and treats. Doggie Paradise also has online webcams that run 24/7 and allows owners to check in with their dogs from afar.
With more than 100 showrooms and clearance centers across the country, Cort offers a cornucopia of repurposed furniture for living rooms, bedrooms, and offices. When merchandise arrives at Cort it is cleaned, reconditioned, and repaired if necessary before being labeled with a letter grade of A–D so prospective buyers can accurately determine each item's value and condition. Stylize sleeping quarters with an Accolade chest ($589.99) or schedule games of Jenga inside a Citrine living-room set ($439.99).
A multidisciplinary cultural development center, GainVille specializes in language lessons for children but also offers classes for adults, ESL classes, and academic support, including educational-placement programs, counseling, and tutoring. A teaching staff of native Spanish, Italian, French, Mandarin, and Arabic speakers leads immersive sessions that not only cover grammar and vocabulary but also delve into the art, history, cuisine, and famous yo-yoists of the regions where each respective language is spoken. To fill up on brain food before or after class, students can head down to the café for some healthy international cuisine.
Mandy Grant is an expert at working up a sweat; she’s been a fitness enthusiast for decades. So it’s no surprise that the avid exerciser went on to open her personal yoga studio, which she lovingly named after the Zulu word for sweat. Students will also be pleasantly surprised to learn that Mandy donates 15% off all profits from this studio’s classes to assist AIDS orphans in South Africa and all donations from community classes to other charities.
Mandy’s passion to help others doesn’t stop there. At the Bergen County studio, students of all levels are given ample attention during 75-minute yoga classes, which are rooted in Hatha but also incorporate elements of Vinyasa flow, pranayama, and meditation. This style of teaching encourages yogis to connect their breathing with their postures and calming thoughts. Mandy and her dedicated instructors also spice up workout routines with heated Vinyasa sessions and mat Pilates.
Mobile-device owners safeguard their technological gadgetry in Skinit’s creatively fashioned covers manufactured to fit products by major brands such as Apple, HTC, and Dell. Net surfers find their machine’s appropriate make and model from a list of devices before combing their eyes over a collection of cover designs that include sports, photography, and entertainment themes.