In the heart of Downtown LA, an innovative and unique pet boutique brings a playful, edgy and fun twist to the traditional pet store experience, filled with everyday essentials and distinctive products and services.
360: How long has Pussy & Pooch been on 6th and Main?
We opened our doors in December of 2007.
360: How did you come up with such a dynamic concept for a pet store?
There was an obvious amenity lacking in the community coupled with loads of opportunities to create something special within this bustling neighborhood. No stranger to Downtown LA, I've been here watching the progress for the last 14 years and decided to jump in the concept for P&P was developed over 2 years. My background in design, marketing and brand development plays a huge role in my ability as a visionary, not just within the pet industry, but for future retail development of Downtown LA. We set-out to create P&P as a pet lifestyle concept store, a place to experience with your companion animals. We've been turning heads everywhere since we opened. P&P has become a destination for pet lovers from all over southern California, as well as other parts of the world.
360: The animals seem to really enjoy the Paw Bar. What would you recommend?
Dogs go crazy for our one-of-a-kind PawbarTM where the four-legged diners feast on made-to-order meaty pet meals. We serve a variety of raw meat meals, all-natural soup and stews, fresh- prepared entrees and organic frozen yogurt for dogs. One of our favorites is the "Deer in Headlights", raw meaty Venison nuggets drizzled in chicken liver sauce and topped with minced jerky and crumbled Wisconsin cheese.
360: Describe the Bathhouse and grooming experience?
The P&P Bathhouse is a modern and upscale pet bathing plus grooming area. It's designed for comfort, convenience and a pleasant spa-like experience. Our loft-style industrial-chic space is outfitted with top-notch professional equipment, featuring full-sized stainless steele bathing tubs, forced-air drying stations and complete with premium, natural spa products, grooming tools and supplies. We offer a menu of high-quality grooming essentials tailored to meet budget and lifestyle needs - from Self Service to Signature Spa Experiences.
360: What's next on the agenda for Pussy & Pooch? Any events we can look forward to?
Pussy & Pooch hosts regular mixers for pets and their partners - including fabulous Mutt Mingle's, Pet Adoptions and Art Exhibits. Most events have a giving theme tied back to the pet community. This fall, we will launch our 2nd annual 'What's in their Bowl' campaign to promote pet nutrition and animal wellness through a series of in-store events: tastings, giveaways and a photo contest to win a year supply of pet food.
360: What would you tell any aspiring pet store owners?
Anyone aspiring to become a pet store owner must have both vision and the capability to create something fresh within this industry. In addition, they must possess excellent marketing skills and great customer service, coupled with the ability to merchandise and brand development. So, look beyond "Main Street" to create a buzzworthy brand and a welcoming destination for pets and their guardians. To be a successful pet business, it takes much more than passion for animals.
360: Do you own any pets? If so, how many?
Currently, we have three cats: Minx, Nadja and Frida. Our house cat, Frida, makes frequent special appearances at the store. Recently, our 14-year-old Chief Barking Officer, Cosmo, passed away earlier this year.
360: What's your favorite breed of dog? What's your favorite type of cat?
My business partner and husband Rob's favorite dog breed is the Jack Russell because of their energy and intelligence. My favorite cat breed is the Himalayan because of their striking beauty, but really I love any animal with FUR.