After amassing 12 years of combined pet-care experience, animal lovers George Meneses and Alan Aghazadian opened a 3,000 square-foot, cage-free utopia for canines. Inside, dogs are split up by size to frolic around a 900 square-foot playground carpeted with joint-friendly, antimicrobial K9Grass. Cool-water misters and shade-providing awnings keep pooches comfortable in a 1,200 square-foot outdoor playground where dogs stretch their legs or practice cannonballs into the pool. Passionate about humane, dog-friendly conditions, the staff grooms pups in a cage-free room with deluxe John Paul Pet products, crafted by a cofounder of Paul Mitchell. Overnight guests stay in private, oversized pods equipped with windows, so they can look out onto fellow hotel guests or watch for room-service deliveries. The facility boasts modern décor—inside, a loft-like atmosphere has human-friendly seating areas outfitted with Saarinen tables and, outdoors, park benches let humans take a seat while pups burn off energy. In a petite gift shop, boutique products include The Kenyan Collection hand-beaded leather collars, as well as deluxe toys and food bowls.
Husband and wife team Sheila and Robert Hurth co-own Tiffany Photographic Studio, helming a full service staff of 10. Together, they distill three-dimensional beauty into contemporary images that pop before plain studio backdrops or vivid sets. With four decades of experience under their shutter fingers, the Hurths supervise charmingly posed family portraits, adorable shots of toddlers and infants amid whimsical props, and event photos snapped on location at weddings or bar mitzvahs. Their studio uses state of the art digital technology, retouching and printing photographs in-house for a quick postsession turnaround. When not standing behind the camera, the Hurths teach photo seminars in Fort Lauderdale and the Carolinas and spend their free time authoring tutorial books and videos on boudoir photography, portraiture, and how to get a close-up shot of a black hole.
The Sylvester family had bartending in its blood. Whether it was Uncle Mickey holding court with 40 years' worth of regulars or Tony Sr. mixing one of his signature Skip and Go Nakeds, they exemplified the easy grace and no-nonsense craftsmanship found in a true barman's barman. That dedication to well-poured drinks carried over to Tony Jr., who has spent the last 35 years training mixologists nationwide through the curriculum of his ABC Bartending Schools. Taught behind fully functional bars, his courses educate students in topics ranging from drink recipes and equipment setup to flair moves and alcohol awareness. His schools also emphasize employment; after graduation, students can take advantage of a nationwide job placement service to land gigs in Miami nightclubs, Las Vegas casinos, or the bar cars of Chicago's El trains.
Brandishing the latest in dry-cleaning technologies, Dry Clean Xpress's fleet of delivery vans are at the beck and call of dirty-garment owners. Hand over sullied items, such as pants ($5.99), sweaters ($6.99), two-piece suits ($13.99), and dresses ($11.99+), to the hamper-on-wheels, or drop them off at one of their convenient locations. After whisking away your duds, the washing wizards run them through a gauntlet of cleanliness, using gentle solvents to dissolve anything from wine stains to smudges endured during smear campaigns. Committed to environmental friendliness, Dry Clean Xpress soaks clothes in biodegradable detergent and tumbles them through energy efficient washing equipment, replacing splatters of brownie batter with eco brownie points.
They might be far from the mountains, but the performers at Catskills Comedy Club keep their audiences' spirits high. From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, a lineup of professional comedians and variety acts delivers a set featuring