Bow Wow Baketique
You won't find artificially flavored or brightly colored dog treats at Bow Wow Baketique, the owners have dedicated their business to creating tasty, wholesome, and well-made goodies for your canine companion. Bow Wow Baketique owner Lisa Bardy even hosts an ice cream social (serving a frozen yogurt treat that dogs love) every Thursday starting at 7 p.m. The store also carries an assortment of doggie accessories like harnesses, collars, and leashes, along with paraphernalia to outfit the most ardent of pet lovers. Fun fact: Shinola's Midtown location distributes Bow Wow Baketique treats to all its canine patrons.
20207 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Woods; 313-469-7204; bowwowbakeshoppe.com
Michelle Potas' Midtown pet boutique understands that adorable doggie sweaters are just as vital to pet owners as a supplement that will keep your dog from raiding the litter box. The shop might be small but it's packed with food, healthy snacks, gift boxes, flea and tick care, pet beds, and more. Potas is incredibly knowledgeable about the items she carries, which makes her a great resource when picking out the perfect plaything for your rambunctious puppy. Bonus: The store is right around the corner from the Shinola dog park.
4240 Cass Ave. #110, Detroit; 313-775-1018; casscorridog.com
When we spoke with City Bark owner Jamie Judson, she was in the middle of uprooting her Grosse Pointe pet store for new digs in Detroit's up-and-coming Capitol Park district. She says the move was prompted by her lease expiring and consequently doing some soul-searching about what she really wanted to do with the successful pet boutique. She carefully selected a storefront inside the Albert building mostly because the mixed-use building is pet-friendly. She says her shop will offer affordable accessories, treats, food, leashes, collars, and other supplies. They'll also host vaccine clinics as well as mobile groomers that will make City Bark a one-stop shop.
1222 Griswold St., Detroit; 313-881-2275; citydetroitbark.com
Canine to Five
We're partial to Canine to Five not only because they're Ferndale location is just around the corner from our office, but because this doggie daycare really knows how to treat your furry friend. They focus on "pack-style all day play" which means your pooch is going to be pooped by the time you pick them up, plus they'll be playing on other indoor and outdoor playgrounds. They also have a special lounge for senior dogs and dogs with special needs. Better than all that, the business offers webcam access so you can watch your furbaby frolic and play while getting down to business.
3443 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-831-3647; caninetofivedetroit.com
OK, so arguably dog training doesn't sound all that luxurious, but what is luxurious is not having to check your blood pressure after walking your dog who doesn't understand that the reason they're choking is because you haven't taught them to heel. Make life a little more enjoyable at Fido, where owner Tammy Crenshaw offers classes to fit even the busiest of schedules, plus gentle grooming, access to a carefully curated selection of toys, treats, and training accessories, plus dog-walking and pet-sitting services, and seminars on pertinent topics for dog owners.
23440 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-607-9350; fidodogtraining.com
3 Dogs 1 Cat
You'll find this cheekily named pet boutique on the outskirts of Detroit's famous Eastern Market, tucked behind Vivio's and DeVries & Co. on Riopelle, but the emporium for all things pet-related is larger than it's obscured exterior would suggest. Inside you'll find hip pet accessories like Detroit Manufacturing dog collars and leashes, beds, food and treats, and "interactive feeding dishes." The best part of a visit to 3 Dogs 1 Cat might just be a visit with the store's mascot, a friendly chihuahua mix named Elroy.
2472 Riopelle St., Detroit; 313-285-8371; 3dogs1cat.com
Owner Jill Tack was always sort of destined to open a pet supply shop, but her parents and a dog named Max helped make that destiny a reality. She pleaded her parents for a pet as a child, but before agreeing they stipulated she'd have to commit to buying food and pet supplies. Upon agreement, the family welcomed a pooch named Max. As the dog aged and became ill with cancer, Tack began researching holistic, nutrition-based, and homeopathic pet care. Now, she helps educate other pet owners by offering healthy and affordable solutions inside her east side shop.
27637 John R Rd., Madison Heights; 248-548-3448; thepetbeastro.com