Five dog friendly shopping centers

Ever wish you could go shopping with your dog? You can! Sniff out a bargain with your two best friends: your pooch and a charge card, as retail therapy has gone to the dogs. From sea to shining sea, merchants are unleashing “no pets allowed” policies and letting the dogs in.

Stony Point Fashion Park

Located in Richmond, Virginia, more than 90 stores at this unique open-air mall welcome four-legged bargain hounds (designated with a “welcome dog” sticker in their front windows). Since 2003, this eclectic blend of stores in an intimate, park-like setting offers Fido-friendly pit stop areas and clean-up supplies to enhance any shopping excursion. With no breed, weight or size restriction, dogs are welcome to participate in the “Top Dogs” program, where shoppers submit photos of their dog for a chance to be displayed mall-wide each month in addition to treats and prizes. Shop Stony Point Fashion Park

Stony Point Welcomes Dogs

L.L. Bean Flagship Store

Rover goes woodsy style at this Freeport, Maine outdoor outfitter’s main digs. Though not permitted in the store, this picturesque campus welcomes dogs to its grounds. Boasting 24/7/365 accessibility on 220,000 square feet, there are a number of shops in quaint Freeport accessible to canines. Each August, L.L. Bean features the Dog Days of August, featuring dog experts, activities, and contests. Having been here many times, the town of Freeport itself is quaint, very eclectic, and many stores in town let dogs in.  LL Bean Flagship Store

The Mall at Partridge Creek

This Michigan mall has major mojo for mutts and pedigrees alike. “During our development process, one goal was to make this a community gathering place…with the park-like setting and family atmosphere, it was a no brainer to be a dog friendly mall,” Marketing and Sponsorship Director Seok Chung shaed. Before opening in 2007, titles were created with various owners and their dogs, which were later hung in the management office hallway. The tiles continue as does a yearly doggie costume parade and strategically placed comfort stations throughout. Of the 90 shops at the mall, a large percentage welcome dogs. The Mall at Partridge Creek

City Creek Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

Located in the heart of Salt Lake City (home to BlogPaws 2012), is City Creek Center, which features over 90 stores and restaurants, many of which welcome well-behaved, leashed dogs. A complete list of canine-welcoming stores is listed on City Creek Center’s FAQ section of their website. The entire grounds are welcoming to pets. City Creek Center

Bar Harbor, Maine

This downtown shopping district encompasses seven to eight blocks, complete with pet-friendly eateries, stores that offer biscuits and water to your pooch, and waterfront views and grassy areas upon which to relax. I learned of places to dine in Bar Harbor from the very helpful Diana de los Santos of Bark Harbor on Main Street. “Merchants are catching on that many of us do not like to travel without our pets,” de los Santos shared. Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park

Divine shopping, bargains, unique items, and dog-friendly attitudes are all a part of today’s well-traveled pooch.

Do you shop with your dog? Have a favorite store or mall? Do tell….

 

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