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Andrea Martin founded Jackie's Play & Stay so no dog owner would have to endure the same experience she had after boarding her four-year-old border collie, Jackie. After dropping her off on a Friday, Andrea picked an ill Jackie up on Sunday. Her rapidly declining health suggested some form of poisoning, and she soon passed. Determined not to let Jackie's death be in vain, she founded a daycare and boarding facility where owners could feel secure every time they parted with their best friends.

Today, Andrea and her caretakers earn owners' and dogs' trust by getting to know each four-legged guest individually to ease their transitions in and out of Jackie's Play & Stay. They also keep the 14,000-square-foot facility meticulously clean, using disinfectants that target canine viruses and fungi. Believing that a tired dog is a happy dog, the staff supervises indoor and outdoor play and socializing. They provide small dogs with their own play space, and welcome dogs to relax on their own if that's what they prefer. The facility’s suites for overnighters are climate-controlled, with dog beds and relaxing music that plays through the night. The staff also encourages owners to leave their pets with a familiar item, such as a favorite blanket or the neighborhood fire hydrant. Beyond daycare and boarding, Jackie's Play & Stay extends to grooming and training, where dogs learn everything from basic obedience to how to drive stick. Today, Andrea and her caretakers earn owners' and dogs' trust by getting to know each four-legged guest individually to ease their transitions in and out of Jackie's Play & Stay. They also keep the 14,000-square-foot facility meticulously clean, using disinfectants that target canine viruses and fungi. Believing that a tired dog is a happy dog, the staff supervises indoor and outdoor play and socializing. They provide small dogs with their own play space, and welcome dogs to relax on their own if that's what they prefer. The facility’s suites for overnighters are climate-controlled, with dog beds and relaxing music that plays through the night. The staff also encourages owners to leave their pets with a familiar item, such as a favorite blanket or the neighborhood fire hydrant. Beyond daycare and boarding, Jackie's Play & Stay extends to grooming and training, where dogs learn everything from basic obedience to how to drive stick.

3822 Airport Blvd
Austin,
TX
US

Tucked in a small building on hip South Lamar, Anna's Toy Depot is one of the city's hidden treasures for kids and grownups alike. Owner Anna Barr began her business as a new mother, selling used toys out of the trunk of her car. Today, the store is positively overflowing with all types of fun, including both new and used children’s toys. The shiny new stuff tends to focus on classic games and timeless amusement, but the large stock of lightly used pieces, from Legos, blocks and puzzles to board games, action figures and toy cars, truly sets Anna’s apart from other area retailers. These second-hand entertainment pieces are available for a song, which is perfect for anyone raising children on a budget, or just looking to keep their kids entertained with a steady stream of new stuff to play with.

2620 S Lamar Blvd
Austin,
TX
US

Toy Joy is one of the most character-filled, beloved local spots in town, doing its part to keep Austin weird. Known locally as a cluttered clearing house for all manner of children’s toys and unsung oddities, the store is nearly overflowing with games, figurines, novelties, candy and brightly-colored fun things of all shapes and sizes. Employees are praised for their enthusiasm and hand-drawn signs, as well as free gift wrapping for anyone who asks. In the past few years, the store has expanded to include an entire Tokyo section, and abandoned their long-beloved location on the Drag to more spacious digs on the southwest corner of Guadalupe and Second Street. Toy Joy prides itself on being fun and safe for all ages; it's impossible to visit without finding something to make you smile.

2900 Guadalupe St
Austin,
TX
US

As one of the largest and most established maternity-wear franchises in the United States, Pickles & Ice Cream outfits moms-to-be and their bundles of joy with helpful gifts and stylish clothing from well-known labels. Designers such as Spanx, Prego, Seraphine, and More of Me dress expecting shoppers to the nines in eye-catching lingerie, swimwear, and outerwear suitable for any occasion, and adorable baby gifts. Like a cocktail dress with plenty of cargo pockets, diaper bags from Babymel fuse fashionability with function. Pickles & Ice Cream?s assortment of thoughtful gifts of skincare and baby-care essentials stock shower gift baskets.

355 E Basse Rd
San Antonio,
TX
US