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Shop Local | Seattle

Your dollars make a difference. Shopping at local, independent businesses such as your local, neighborhood pet store, generates two to four times the income, wealth and jobs in our community. 
Written by Brandie Ahlgren
Not only that, but local business owners care about our community, often supporting local non-profits like Seattle Humane, PAWS, Homeward Pet, and other animal welfare organizations. Plus, local businesses make our community special, reflecting the region’s character, authenticity and dare I say...quirkiness.

So, why wouldn’t you shop local? To make it super easy, we’ve compiled a list of local pet shops and some of the locally-made products they carry plus some pet-friendly places to hang out in your ‘hood, so the dollars you spend on and with your dog make a difference.

Ballard. Once a sleepy Seattle neighborhood, Ballard is now a bustling community with swanky restaurants and boutiques including two, locally-owned pet stores, All the Best and Mud Bay, plus an off-leash area at Golden Gardens Park.

Shop Local at All the Best
1909 NW Market St., Seattle, Wash.

Shop Local at Mud Bay
5314 15th Ave NW, Seattle, Wash.

Belltown. With a slew of pet-friendly luxury condominiums like Cristalla and Gallery—both featuring their own private dog runs and wash stations—Belltown is a city dog’s dream. For some off-leash fun, check out Regrade Park. It’s small, tucked in the heart of Belltown on 3rd and Bell, but it’s a great place to socialize your pup.

Shop Local at 2nd Leash on Life
220 Blanchard Street, Seattle, Wash.

2nd Leash on Life owner, Denise Sasaki, has been serving the needs of Belltown pet owners since 2011—even offering weekly delivery service to area residents. However, we highly recommend a personal visit to the store to enjoy the smell of freshly baked dog cookies made right onsite. If looking for dog food, be sure to check out smallbatch, which sources its raw food ingredients from Washington and Oregon. Need a harness? Check out the Wonder Walker made by a retired Seattle couple, Tom and Mary Dolan.

Capitol Hill. Just above downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill is known for its stately homes, funky shops, eclectic mix of restaurants, coffeehouses, parks, theaters and dog friendliness. Be sure to visit Volunteer Park, a nearly 50-acre haven that houses the Volunteer Park Conservatory, Seattle Asian Art Museum, fantastic downtown and mountain views, a showcase garden from the International Dahlia Society, and lots of great places to sniff and play on-leash. For off-leash fun, check out Plymouth Pillars Park, a small gravel space, but one that is frequented by residents and their best friends.

Shop Local at Rex
1402 12th Avenue, Seattle, Wash.

Rex not only provides grooming services and self-wash stations for your pooch, but also carries a variety of products made in the Northwest including Windhorse Dog Coats out of Gresham, Oregon.

Read more about where to sit, stay and play on Capitol Hill here.

Fremont. As the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe, Fremont offers up a whole lot of funky and fun, with a troll who lives under a bridge, a statue of Lenin and a pooch-friendly neighborhood pub called Norm’s Eatery and Ale House.

Shop Local at Petapoluza
114 N 36th St, Seattle, Wash.

Eat & Drink Local at Norm’s
460 N 36th St Seattle; 206.547.1417

Pioneer Square. Seattle’s original downtown neighborhood is a mix of old Seattle architecture, contemporary shops and an abundance of good eats and activities, making it a must-do for two- and four-legged alike. Make a day out of it, and take a stroll through Pioneer Place Park, drop by the dog-friendly Globe Bookstore, grab a sandwich at Salumi and pop-in to Pioneer Pet. 

Shop Local at Pioneer Pet
87 ½ south Washington Street, Seattle

At Pioneer Pet, you will find a plethora of local products including Himalayan Dog Chews, made in Mukilteo using traditional Himalayan methods and all-natural ingredients such as yak’s milk. Also, PureAyre, the only food-grade, chemical-free odor eliminator. Plus, Green JuJu, a whole foods supplement for your pup. Green JuJu’s ingredients are locally-sourced from certified organic farmers in Washington then made in small batches in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. Now that’s what we call “hyper local” and we like it!

Read more about where to sit, stay and play in Pioneer Square here.

South Lake Union. Seattle’s South Lake Union has emerged into a lively neighborhood with plenty of places to roam. Take a romp with Rover at Denny Park, pick up supplies at City Hardware, grab a pint on the patio at Paddy Coyne’s and swing into Scrap’s Dog Bakery to stock up on treats.

Shop Local at Scraps Dog Bakery
900 Lenora St, Seattle, Wash.

Owner Dave Figueroa stocks Scraps with the best in food, treats and accessories—many of them made locally. However, another one of the highlights of the store is the engaging centerpiece—a floor to ceiling photograph of Dave’s shiba inus taken by one of our favorite Seattle pet photographers, Emily Rieman of Best Friend Photography.

Read more about where to sit, stay and play in South Lake Union here.

Queen Anne. As you may know, there is upper Queen Anne and lower Queen Anne, and each has its own personality and pet store. Located on upper Queen Anne is All the Best and on lower Queen Anne is Mud Bay—both offering local products like Portland’s Northwest Naturals raw food and treats at All the Best and Cycle Dogs collars, leashes and toys (also located in Portland) at Mud Bay. What we love about Cycle Dogs is all of the company’s products are made from post-consumer recycled, bicycle inner tubes.

Shop Local at All the Best
2127 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, Wash.

Shop Local at Mud Bay
522 Queen Anne Ave N Seattle, Wash.

In addition to carrying local products, Mud Bay also partners with 19 area animal shelters. Every dog or cat adopted from Mud Bay’s partner shelters are sent home with educational information and coupons for free food and litter. To pay it forward even further, when these coupons are used in their stores, Mud Bay donates $5 to the shelter where the animal was adopted.

West Seattle. As Seattle’s largest and oldest neighborhood, West Seattle offers a plethora of places to sit, stay and play for people and pooches including three locally-owned pet stores, one off-leash park, countless city parks and of course, Alki Beach.

Shop Local at Mud Bay
2611 California Ave SW, Seattle, Wash.

Shop Local at Next to Nature
4543 California Ave SW, Seattle, Wash.

Shop Local at Pet Elements
6511 California Ave SW, Seattle, Wash.

Pet Elements is packed with local purveyors including West Seattle’s own Ginger’s Treats and Puppy Luck Art, specializing in colorful notecards, magnets and charms. And, now even dogs can get in on the farm-to-table movement with Raw Goat Milk for Pets made by St. John Creamery in Lake Stevens.

Eat & Drink Local at Beveridge Place Pub
6413 California Ave SW, Seattle, Wash.

We are big fans of the Beveridge because dogs are welcome inside and out. In other words, unlike most establishments where dogs are relegated to outdoor patios only, your pooch is welcome to join you inside the pub. Grab a pint and order food to be delivered from one of the nearby, locally-owned restaurants such as Kokoras Greek Grill. Their gyros are delicious and the 10% discount they give to Beveridge Place patrons makes it even tastier!

Read more about where to sit, stay and play in West Seattle here.

Kirkland. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, Kirkland is home to the most waterfront parks and beaches in the Puget Sound area and that’s good news for pooches. What is also good news is the number of dog-friendly establishments in Kirkland—places like the Heathman Hotel, Flatstick Pub, Northwest Cellars and Booboo Barkery—where dogs are warmly welcome.

Shop Local at Booboo Barkery
115 Lake St S, Kirkland, Wash.

Booboo Barkery features a variety of products made by Northwest companies including Squigglechick Designs, 12 Dog Outfit, and Louie de Coton plus The Dog-Gone-Good Company, founded by 11-year-old Maxwell Schrider in Bellevue, Wash. to raise money for summer camp. Since launching in 2012, Max and his fellow classmates and business partners, Jacob Huffaker and Jared Goodman, have doubled the company in size (in addition to Booboo, Dog-Gone-Good is also sold at Earth Pet in Issaquah).

Issaquah. Located just 16 miles east of Seattle, Issaquah is a city dog’s gateway to the great outdoors. It’s also home to Issaquah Brewery, where they host the annual Frogs & Dogs festival—a dog-friendly tasting event and fundraiser. Acquired by Oregon’s Rogue Ales in 2000, Issaquah Brewery carries on Rogue’s dog-friendly tradition, with annual tasting events like Frogs & Dogs and even a special menu just for dogs.

Shop Local at Earth Pet
1175 NW Gilman Blvd, Issaquah, Wash.

Eat & Drink Local at Issaquah Brewery
35 W Sunset Way, Issaquah, Wash.

Read more about where to sit, stay and play in Issaquah here.

Redmond. Home to dog-friendly shops, restaurants and the mecca of all dog parks, Marymoor Off-leash Area, Redmond rocks! Known to locals as “Doggie Disneyland,” Marymoor’s 40 acres of off-leash romping grounds are a dog’s dream, with wooded trails, vast green fields and water access.

Shop Local at Eastside Dog
7533 166th Ave NE, Redmond, Wash.

South Sound
Tacoma. Not to be outdone by its neighbor to the north, Tacoma is just as dog friendly as Seattle. Take a romp off leash at Rogers Park or venture over to the Kitsap Peninsula for more fun at Bandix Dog Park. Enjoy stunning on-leash parks at Point Defiance and Fort Steilacoom. Then, visit one of these three, locally-owned pet stores.

Shop Local at Lucky Dog Outfitters
3411 6th Ave, Tacoma, Wash.; 253.761.4486

Shop Local at Next to Nature
1624 Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, Wash.

Shop Local at Wag Pet Market
2703 N Proctor St, Tacoma, Wash.; 253.756.0924

Other Notable Mentions
BI Barkery (Bainbridge Island)
278 Winslow Way E, Suite 107
Bainbridge Island; 206.780.8039

When perusing the products at BI Barkery on Bainbridge Island, keep an eye out for these Northwest treat companies: Salmon Paws, One Spoiled Dog, Distinctive Dog and Wet Noses as well as collars and leashes made by one of our favorites, Lodi and Lewi, based in Port Ludlow, Wash. (pictured above at BI Barkery).

Read more about where to sit, stay and play on Bainbridge Island here.

A Dog’s Dream (Georgetown)
5913 Airport Way S, Seattle, Wash.

Located in the heart of south Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, A Dog’s Dream is a full service, natural pet supply store that specializes in premium pet foods. Not only that, but they also design and sell their own line of dog collars, beds and jackets using fun fabrics and patterns. Our favorite is the slightly ironic Cat in the Hat dog collar.

Fido N Scratch (Mount Baker)
2809 Mt Rainier Dr S, Seattle, Wash.; 206.588.2111

Health Mutt (Roosevelt)
1207 NE 65th St, Seattle, Wash.; 206.729.2649

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