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Neighborhood Shopkeepers Are Here for Us

By Susan Spisak | Aug 01, 2020
Photo by: Pets Unleashed Photography Valley in front of Two Salty Dogs in Boothbay Harbor

Neighborhood pet shops need our encouragement during these tough times. These essential businesses have brought it by adding deliveries, online shopping, and curbside pick-up. Now that we’re entering a “new normal” phase, visit the independent shopkeepers who supply nutritious food options, treats, outdoor gear, clothing, and toys for our beloved fur family members. Many welcome your canine as well – so pop Buddy into the car and head out to enjoy some retail therapy. Please adhere to their rules, wear a mask, social distance, be patient and kind, and support your community.

Loyal Biscuit Co. is family-owned and award-winning pet supply boutique based in Rockland. They boast seven locations and carry a large variety of food, treats, and supplies. Co-owner Heidi Vanorse Neal said, “We love seeing dogs in our stores again.” They dote on those furry visitors as she and husband/co-owner Joel Neal’s five dogs (and one cat) are homebodies. Instead of being door greeters, they’re back at the Neal abode playing with tug toys Fluff & Tuff Olympia Octopus that they sell. “It's a riot to watch them.”

Loyal Biscuit’s guest limit varies by the location’s size. They’re working to open their self-serve dog washes in the future. It will be appointment based, one tub only at a time. Heidi wants to make sure it’s done right in light of the strict cleaning guidelines. To see their hours by location, visit loyalbiscuit.com/.

At 22 McKown St. in Boothbay Harbor, you’ll find Two Salty Dogs Pet Outfitters owned by Don and Liana Kingsbury. They advertise that their building is “too small to carry junk.” Don said he tries to have many Maine products like the handwoven lobster line rope baskets. He mentioned that he also carries solid oak recycled wine and whiskey barrel pet beds.

Two Salty Dogs offers curbside service, has free local delivery, allows dogs, and currently permits 6 people at a time. The Kingsburys have four dogs and are rescue advocates – they hosted a Cyborg Mutt Scrub to raise money for Midcoast Humane and Old Dogs, New Digs. For hours and info, visit twosaltydogs.net/about.html.

Green Acres Kennel Shop at 1653 Union Street in Bangor is an award winning, family owned, full-service pet care facility that’s been offering curbside pickup on phone and email orders since the pandemic began – and it’s become popular. Don Hanson, President and Co-Owner with wife, Paula Hanson, said due to their size, guests are limited to two at a time. “We are requesting that clients do not bring their dogs in the store unless they are checking in for grooming, boarding, daycare, or are being fitted for a harness.”

Green Acres Training Staff is led by Don, and he serves as the Director of Behavior Counseling and Training. He’s introduced a Puppy Headstart program as a way of providing the pups much needed socialization.(For details, visit bit.ly/GAPuppyHeadstart-Daycare.) And they have a training field that clients may use to exercise their canine off-leash. Follow their posted rules and see new pandemic-related ones at greenacreskennel.com/covid-19.html. For all services, greenacreskennel.com/.

Ames True Value Hardware Supply at 447 Bath Road in Wiscasset is a fourth generation, family run business owned by the Averill’s. Wayne Averill, co-owner with his brothers and mother, said they’ve stayed open thanks to his great staff. “It was real challenging. We’re fighting our way through it.”

This full line hardware store has a huge pet department and carries all things any dog could need or want. And if you’re planning an overnight sleep-out with Buddy, stop here first - they can help with all your camping needs. To see their hours and for more info, amestruevalue.com/Home.aspx.

Sherri Moulton, owner of Waggerstown Dog Shoppe in Wells, offers year-round free local delivery and recently added online ordering. “We always special order and then stock for the customer,” Sherri added. They have a self-wash station and one-on-one grooming services - both available by appointment. (Visit waggerstown.com/grooming for details.)

At Waggerstown, they love their “locals.” These companions are part of their family through their Dog Walking Program and/or Accredited Pet Sitting Service. Take a drive out to 1614 Post Road in Wells with your boy, leash him up, and check out the large dog-friendly store’s offerings.

The staff at Bayside Bark at 211 Marginal Way in Portland are excited to see leashed, friendly pets with their parents. “It’s awesome seeing the wagging tails of our canine friends again,” said Brad Harris, Founder, Director of Operations, and Co-Owner along with husband, Brian Harris. While the last few months have been difficult, they’re grateful for the local backing. “We wouldn’t be here without the dedication of our customers, their encouragement, and loyalty during these hard times.”

They have “curbside nail trims” for owner’s safety. “Just ring the doorbell between the hours of 10am to 3pm, Tuesday through Saturday.” They’ll greet you and take your bud in for a quick K9 Pedi. Brad shared that your K9 will love the raw marrow bones that he carries. “It will keep your dog stimulated, improve dental health, and provide delicious nutrients.” He recommends freezing them. For further details, baysidebark.com/.

The Fish & Bone at 195 Commercial Street in Portland has the motto “Happy, Hip and Healthy Pets.” Owner Kathy Palmer said she’s been buried lately – she has another location in Boston as well. Shoppers are limited to five at a time, there’s plenty of directional signage, and they continually monitor all new CDC guidelines. The Fish & Bone is packed with items including whole, natural food and treats, an array of CBD items, and plenty of necessities.

Kathy and staffers support the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP) and are having a “Dog Chew Drive” for them. They’re asking people to purchase a “wishlist” item and they’ll get it to ARLGP. To see the wish list and for hours, phone, and curbside and delivery info, visit thefishandbone.com/service/about/.

You can’t miss the Pet Pantry, Inc. at 177 Lower Main Street in Freeport. It’s a purple bungalow-like shoppe that’s owned by Chris Parker, and he’s filled its three floors with premier pet supplies and gifts. Now that they’re open to the public, five customers are allowed at a time – and dogs are okay. Chris and his staff are thankful to their customers’ orders over the last couple of months. They’re continuing to accept phone sales for curbside pick-up and delivery. For their hours, phone, and general info, visit facebook.com/petpantry207/?ref=page_internal.

Gudrun Cobb, owner of Uncommon Paws Company Store, strives to find quality designer pet items and made in Maine gifts for her shop at 13 Exchange St. in Portland. Their customers have kept the staff busy during the past few months with online orders and curbside pick-up. They opened their doors to retail traffic on June 1 and leashed, well-behaved dogs are allowed – so stop out with your fur kid. Maybe he’ll convince you to treat him to the maple bacon ice cream mix that they carry. To see the countless goods they carry, uncommonpaws.com/. For info on current guidelines visit their FB page at facebook.com/uncommonpaws/.

The Animal House has two locations,15 Coastal Marketplace in Damariscotta and 11 Main Street in Westbrook. Will Paul said he and his partner, Branden Perreault purchased the stores in April of this year. They rushed to help their community by accepting phone or email orders and curbside pick-up. They also supported the ongoing Y’s “Fill the Bus” Food Drive. For more info on their stores and products, visit theanimalhouse.net/.