Downtown Dogs: Looking for an upscale boutique for quality dog apparel, toys and bedding? Downtown Dogs at Tampa’s Hyde Park Village has a wide selection of fashionable collars, harnesses, bows and bandannas. If you need a cheerful Christmas sweater for your Labradoodle or a pirate-themed (aka Tampa-themed) collar for your puggle, they’ve got you covered. They have a display case with locally baked treats, too. 1631 W Snow Circle, Tampa. (813) 250-3647. shopdowntowndogs.com.
Hounds Meow: This locally owned spot is known for a wide selection of inventory and fair prices that many shoppers compare to the larger chain pet stores, with a personable and knowledgeable staff. Toys, food, beds and all the supplies someone might need for getting started with a new pet are available here, as well as treats, both fresh-baked ones with fun decorations for a special occasion, or prepackaged ones. They also have gifts for humans who love their animals, from “cat mom” hand towels to “I wish the dog had a snooze button” mugs. 16311 N Florida Ave., Lutz. (813) 960-6111. houndsmeow.com.
Paw Paws: If what you’re looking for is a novelty gift item for a cat or dog lover, you won’t find a shop with more to offer than this touristy one at the western end of the John’s Pass Village boardwalk with a second location in Gulfport. If you want art prints, pillows, home decor, vanity plates, stickers or funny T-shirts (“our dog is a humper, not a biter”) featuring a certain breed, this is your spot, but they also have baked treats and fun pet supplies, including harnesses, collars and carriages if your pampered pet prefers for you to do the walking. 166 Boardwalk Place W, Madeira Beach, (727) 329-3789; 3129 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. (727) 303-0966. pawpaws.biz.
Poochies Pet Boutique and Salon: Poochies will give your dog or cat a trim while you shop their nice selection of baked treats and high-end food. You can find some unique apparel for your pet here, especially if you’re in the market for a bandanna or a sweater with a vibrant print. They also have a lot of pet-themed gifts for humans, like mugs and wine glasses. 306 Monroe St., Dunedin. (727) 736-9402.
St. Petersbark: If you’re particular about what your cats and dogs eat for both meals and treats and looking for knowledgeable employees who can help you navigate the many options (raw, kibble, canned, freeze-dried), this shop focusing on natural and healthy items is a great option. Beyond the wide selection of premium food and treats, they also have a thoughtful selection of supplies, such as illuminated and reflective collars and leads for safety while walking your dog in the evening during the dark fall and winter months, plus toys and food and water bowls. They also carry their own house brand of USA-sourced, all-natural, dehydrated treats, which is how the business got its start. 2435 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 217-5366. stpetersbark.com.