Birds chirp and leaves rustle as pups trot down the nature trail. Water splashes as dogs bound through the agility course at the in-ground swimming hole known as Canine Cove. Country Paws Boarding's rural retreat sprawls over 6,000 square feet, where daycare charges burn pent-up energy in several quarter-acre play yards, keeping them from using their owners' shoes for origami projects when they get home. Overnight guests enjoy private suites with covered patios, and grooming sessions can be scheduled to keep dogs looking clean and fresh.
Caesars Closet’s band of sartorial scouts, led by brother-sister duo Brad Galway and Cathie Romeo, culls a contemporary haute couture selection of premium denim, casual wear, and dresses for the denizens of Waterloo. A pair of Diesel or True Religion skinnies helps legs cope with the pains of standing and turbo kicking incognito street fighters, and a dashing pair of Ed Hardy stilettos pampers pavement with straightforward style. The credentialed clothiers at Caesars offer complimentary personal wardrobe consultations, personal shopping, and private shopping parties outside of regular business hours.
After years of frustration dealing with her pets’ health ailments, certified pet-food consultant Chris Schaeffer discovered the benefits of holistic, natural animal care. Inspired by her experiences, she went on to establish Creature Comfort in 2003, helping owners nurture their pets with natural, herbal, and homeopathic dog and cat foods and holistic health products.
In addition to meticulously researching each product that lines the long aisles of her spacious, colourful store, Chris and her experienced staff assist customers with product choices, and also offer services such as free nutritional consultations and nail trimming. Committed to supporting pets in need, Creature Comfort holds regular fundraising events to support animal-rescue organizations, and Chris is often willing to give a job to any animal that asks politely.
The instructors at Waterloo Dance don't believe in age restrictions—after sorting students into groups of their peers, they steer 5- and 90-year-olds alike through ballroom and Latin steps. Whether they are prepping performers for a competition or schooling first-timers on basic spins, they cater their lessons to each visitor's goals. Top 40 hits boom throughout the classes geared toward teens, where pupils learn lifts, dips, and how to send texts to their partner in mid-twirl. Meanwhile, children's classes emphasize the confidence-boosting elements of dance while honing motor skills. The studio hopes to foster new social connections between its guests, assuring solo dancers that they need not bring a partner to practice styles such as the waltz, tango, jive, and cha-cha.
CraZ TechZ's accessible instructors get the gears turning in brains with hands-on tech classes where kids aged 7–17 learn how to operate computers and complete technological projects. After-school programs entertain students' curiosity in such subjects as using Microsoft Office, programming video games, and creating animated movies. Week-long school-break and summer camps thoroughly explore tech topics over four to five days, each session ending with wistful camp songs sung around a floppy-disk bonfire. The school also offers adult classes in programs such as web design, programming, and Flash, and hosts kid-friendly computer-gaming parties on its fleet of machines.
Supervised by an on-staff medical director, Cara Bella Studio's staff brings its A game to rejuvenate entire bodies with massages and med-spa treatments. Trained massage therapists wring tension from muscles to reduce stress and widen range of movement and also prop up postures by whispering pep talks to vertebrae. Nonsurgical med-spa services such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments aim to liberate facescapes from fine lines, and teeth whitening and eyelash extensions amp up smiles and winks, respectively.