Monday, 24 June 2019 15:39

Creature Comforts: Where to shop for your furry friends

Written by  Josh Veal
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Treats from Ebby’s Pet Bakery & Boutique. Treats from Ebby’s Pet Bakery & Boutique. Courtesy Photo

Buying a new toy, leash or dog sweater is a treat for owner and pet alike.

The best pet shops make spoiling your furry friends fun, with a welcoming atmosphere and unique, locally made choices. Luckily, no matter where you live in West Michigan, we’ve got you covered. 


Fido & Stitch
820 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids

One of the best places to bring your dog is downtown Grand Rapids so they can take in the sights, sounds and smells of the city life. The discerning pup deserves a lovely walk along the Grand River up to Fido & Stitch, a nice little boutique specializing in everything your dog could ever need. Premium pet food, fun toys, beds and leashes — it’s all there. Whether you live downtown or are just passing through, it’s a must-stop shop.

Decadent Dogs
206 S. River Ave., Holland
505 Phoenix St., South Haven

Sometimes you just need to indulge. Decadent Dogs has plenty of lavish gifts for your special pet, like cooling vests, foot coverings, winter apparel, toys, gourmet food and much more. On top of that, there are plenty of ways to treat yourself — jewelry, clothing, home decor, magnets, picture frames, pens, breed-specific Christmas ornaments and so much more.

Chow Hound
Multiple locations

If you head to Chow Hound, you’re guaranteed to find what you need. This is no boutique — it’s a full-on store with hundreds of options for animals of all shapes and sizes, yet it’s still locally owned. Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, rodent, bunny or some other special animal, Chow Hound will have you covered with all the necessities and helpful advice. 

Ebby’s Pet Bakery & Boutique
618 E. Savidge St., Spring Lake

Ebby’s takes treats to another level, baking healthy, unprocessed pet snacks with fun designs like tractors, squirrels, the Eiffel Tower and more. Natural ingredients abound, from freshly milled flax seeds and peanut butter to real fruits and veggies. Plus, you’ll find plenty of beautiful bows, dresses and sweaters for your precious pups.

Must Love Dogs Boutique & Spa
211 Washington Ave., Grand Haven

When someone has a true passion for dogs, it shows, and that passion radiates through everything Must Love Dogs does. The boutique is more than that—it’s a place to meet with people who care as much about your pup as you do and can help you with informed advice on everything from behavior and training to which toy to bring home. There’s also a self-serve grooming facility if you’d rather not get dirt and fur all over your own bathtub.

Bark’s 5th Avenue
3015 Oakland Dr., Kalamazoo

Bark’s strives for an attention to detail, from pet beds that complement your home to clothing that fits your four-legged friend perfectly. If you need it, it’s there: training aids, behavioral toys, backpacks, frisbees, collapsible bowls, designer collars and more. You’ll find pet products you never even knew you needed. If you’re in Kalamazoo and come here, you’re barking up the right tree.

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