Make us your home page
Instagram

Boutique caters to the posh pooch, classy cat

ST. PETERSBURG — Every morning before work, Chanel gets dressed in the latest fashion from Paris or Milan. Maybe a green and pink dress set off with a sharp-looking belt and hair bow.

Related News/Archive

Then her owner lifts her into the car for a day of patrolling the Pawsitively Posh Pooch and Classy Cats Too boutique and spa from 8 inches off the ground.

Such is life for the inspiration and in-house model of the new high-end dog and cat emporium, which carries the trendiest in dog carriers, outfits, organic foods and spa treatments.

"My vision was to make it almost like a sidewalk in Paris," said Susan Nice, who owns the two-week-old store on Fourth Street N.

Entering the store, one is first drawn to the walls, adorned with painted murals depicting the faces of Nice's pets atop human bodies, sipping wine. Several chandeliers hang from the ceiling.

The merchandise — ranging from Louis Vuitton dog carriers to doggie bridesmaid dresses — has only been in place for about two weeks, and the customer base in those departments is beginning to grow.

But the true draw of the store is the spa, where dogs and cats can be pampered with a dip in the Jacuzzi tub, a blueberry facial or a Dead Sea mineral scrub.

Lynne Nichols, who has more than 400 hours of training at the Academy of Animal Arts in Largo, grooms about a half-dozen pets per day, by appointment only.

She said grooming requests have caused the phones to ring off the hook.

"I've been to a lot of groomers, but I've been waiting for someone like her," said Nanette Shook as she picked up her Maltese Sasha. "She treats your animals with a lot of respect."

The store becomes the second high-end pet boutique in St. Petersburg, joining One Lucky Dog on Fourth Street N. One Lucky Dog specializes in collars and costumes and also has a spa.

But Pawsitively Posh Pooch brands itself more as a hangout for dog lovers, offering free Wi-Fi and a selection of coffee and wine.

Each Thursday at 5 p.m. is Yappy Hour, which drew about a dozen dogs last week in attire ranging from motorcycle jackets to Betty Boop costumes.

Nice also owns Lasting Impressions, a neighboring home furnishings store. She used to lease the adjoining space to a cabinet company.

When the lease was up about six months ago, Nice decided to open up the boutique in honor of her three dogs, five cats and three birds.

But the true inspiration comes from Chanel, whom Nice bought about five months ago after falling in love with a dog dress.

"The lady who sold me the dress asked what kind of dog I had," Nice said. "I said whatever will fit into this."

Andrew Dunn can be reached at adunn@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8150.

>>FAST FACTS

Chic shoppe's specialities

Pawsitively Posh Pooch has several different areas:

Coco's Paw-risian Bistro: Offers wine and cappuccino for humans and gourmet treats for the pups. Every Thursday at 5 p.m. is Yappy Hour.

Chanel's Closet: Carries designer labels in styles ranging from feline beach wear to doggie bridal gowns. There's also diamond-encrusted collars and Gucci bags made for toting a small dog.

Shylo's Health Paw Gourmet Market: Sells natural, organic food and supplements. Only carries products made in the United States.

Gucci Poochie Spaw: Offers groomings as well as a Jacuzzi tub, facials, manicures and other spa treatments.

Boutique caters to the posh pooch, classy cat 07/19/08 [Last modified: Monday, July 21, 2008 7:05am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Apple Scales Back Its Ambitions for a Self-Driving Car

    Autos

    SAN FRANCISCO — As new employees were brought into Apple's secret effort to create a self-driving car a few years ago, managers told them that they were working on the company's next big thing: A product that would take on Detroit and disrupt the automobile industry.

     In this Monday, April 10, 2017 file photo, Luminar CEO Austin Russell monitors a 3D lidar map on a demonstration drive in San Francisco. Russell, now 22, was barely old enough to drive when he set out to create a safer navigation system for robot-controlled cars. His ambitions are about to be tested five years after he co-founded Luminar Technologies, a Silicon Valley startup trying to steer the rapidly expanding self-driving car industry in a new direction. Apple says it will scale back its amitions to build a self-driving car.  [AP Photo/Ben Margot]
  2. Groundbreaking today for complex on old Tampa Tribune site

    Real Estate

    TAMPA — A groundbreaking is slated for 10 a.m. today for a 400-unit apartment complex planned on the site of the former Tampa Tribune building in downtown Tampa.

    Renderings for a high-end apartment complex that will be built on the Tampa Tribune site in downtown Tampa. 
[Courtesy of Related Group]
  3. Walmart announces delivery partnership with Google

    Retail

    Walmart announced a new delivery partnership with Google to make online shopping easier for customers.

    People walk in and out of a Walmart store in Dallas. Walmart announced a new delivery partnership with Google.  [Associated Press]
  4. Insurance regulators fret over a spike in auto glass claims

    Banking

    TALLAHASSEE — Three months ago, state regulators weren't tracking a surge in broken auto glass claims, particularly in Tampa Bay.

    The issue has their attention now.

    The Office of Insurance Regulation is taking on assignment of benefits abuse in the 2018 legislative session. Pictured is Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier. | [Times file photo]
  5. Proino Breakfast Club owner charged with not paying state taxes

    Crime

    LARGO — Just before noon on a recent Sunday at Proino Breakfast Club, the dining room was bustling as owner George Soulellis chatted with a customer.

    Proino Breakfast Club at 201 West Bay Drive in Largo. The owner was arrested last month on a theft of state funds charge, according to court records. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times