Michiana Furniture Gallery's visitors saunter around a 20,000-square-foot showroom while feasting their eyes on a variety of home accouterments by brands such as Craftmaster, Basset, Serta, Ashley, and Lane. Sit down, kick back, or sprawl out on a collection of Ashley recliners ($259+) and sofas ($599+), relax on a queen mattress memory foam set ($480), or cover up secret passageways from the kitchen to the ice-cream parlor with a soft area rug ($99+). In addition, Michiana offers a variety of new artwork and domicile accessories arrive monthly, and accommodating staff is on hand to offer interior-design advice and suggestions.
Backyards' locally made gifts and décor items enliven exterior and interior spaces, with many recyclable and green pieces such as woodenwares harvested from sustainable forests. Assorted merchandise displays an eclectic mix of modern and retro styles as it mingles on the showroom floor, with birdhouses ($19.99), freezable wine-bottle coolers ($9.99), and eco-friendly throw rugs made from candy-bar wrappers ($29.99) sharing style tips and ideas for transforming a gazebo into an avian nightclub. Outdoor furniture, including Napa fire pots ($15.99) and metal retro-style chairs ($69.99), populates backyards and patios, and miniature gardening accessories such as small-scale benches and chairs ($4–$7) bring mini gardens to life so that ambitious chihuahuas have something to guard.
After more than 20 years of bathing and grooming dogs and cats, the experts at Paw-pular Trends have developed an arsenal of techniques for working with all types of animal personalities. The team handles temperamental pets tactfully while washing coats, trimming nails, flushing ears, and brushing undercoats, and they accentuate refreshed animals with a bandanna and animal-safe fragrance. In addition to pampering clients' pets, the team members provide 24-hour boarding services. Staff members ensure that long-term visitors eat at the times to which they are accustomed, and receive up to five walks each day along the nearby river, allowing the animals to burn off energy and reflect on the natural splendor enough to compose a haiku written in paw prints.
Dogs and cats receive equal attention at A Cut Above Pet Grooming. The staff there primps pets with a gentle touch, wielding nail clippers, shampoos, and grooming gear. During thorough grooming sessions, pups yip happily as crew members wash away grime or explain that Princess Daffodil is an okay name for a boy dog.