The Heartlake Pet Salon is a pretty little building that not only offers grooming for your Friends' pets, but also serves as a pet supply store with food, toys, and more! This is a nice little shop for the price. I managed to pick it up at a discount, which was even nicer.
Here are some of my favorite things:
-Cute minidolls! Emma is wearing a pretty blue top, pink skirt, and necklace, and her friend Joanna has a vibrant pink/orange outfit. Joanna's hair is a nice braided piece.
-Imaginative use of elements to make pet food, shampoos, and other items. I love that grey feathers are used as scissors. Creative!
-The building itself is quite nice, with dark blue edging. Lots of clear wall elements, too. The little curlicued sign is adorable, and the street number is a nice touch.
-Dark purple hair accessory pack includes everything you need to adorn all your Lego pets!
Things I Didn't Love:
-For the price, it would be nice if they included another pet to groom, like a cat maybe? This set will go well with the pets series, if you have some. Otherwise, it does have a little white poodle.
-I'm not really sure if the birdhouse-looking thing in the front is supposed to be a cat toy or what. None of the pets seem able to actually use it. Oh well.
-The recommended build leaves you with a few elements loose outside the building, namely a bathtub and a display of grooming supplies and dog bones. I switched this display with the food rack in the window, placed the food rack next to the yellow bin of hair accessories, and moved the cash register closer to the wall. I attached the bathtub to the back of the building too, just because I don't like having lose pieces everywhere. I was really happy with this configuration, and that's the beauty of Lego-- if you don't like the build the instructions recommend, modify it to suit your taste.
-Be aware that there are a lot of stickers in this set. They're used to make cute pet foods and other items, so there are a lot of small ones and kids will likely need some help here.
Overall, this is a really cute set with a lot of accessories for your Friends' pets. It's a great add-on if you have a lot of the pets series, and the minidolls are sweet! I highly recommend this set!