Ya’ll may recall that I’m not originally from Minnesota; I moved to the Twin Cities to get adopted (check!). You know what I pawsitively love most about this area? First, just because we have four seasons does not mean I have to sit inside on my tail during the coldest one. Second, it’s big but it feels small – thanks to the kind folks that run dog-friendly establishments like the ones I recently visited in St. Paw (err, Paul), specifically in Lowertown and on Snelling Avenue.
St. Paul is just plain my kind of city, and enjoying dog-friendly Lowertown and Snelling Avenue is like venturing into mini new(foundland) worlds that are pretty close to home. To those interested in visiting, pack your water bowl and do-your-business bags and head out to enjoy these local, dog-accompanying adventures. And to the many four-leggeds who live in Lowertown, (good) boy are you lucky.
Here’s why I give Lowertown and Snelling two paws up and a Basenji tail wag.
Saint Paws Pet Spa and Boutique – You may recall this Lowertown gem, for it was formerly known as CocoBear. Under new ownership, Saint Paws is expanding to focus mainly on grooming; they also sell food (many grain-free), treats, toys, collars, and other made-in-the-USA products. My senses were heightened by Brew Bones, which include no alcohol or hops. They also sell things for cats, though I won’t mention that to my furry siblings. Close by is Lowertown Dog Park. And while you’re there, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll meet Otis, the resident store pup. (Malamute mention: currently open Wednesdays-Sundays for construction; website coming soon.)
Lowertown Wine & Spirits – I’ve often mentioned my choice of beverage is chilled H20, but my humans disagree. Lowertown Wine & Spirits sports an excellent selection of wine, local/Minnesota beer and liquor. First, woof: dog treats are behind the counter. Second, wag: anyone who donates a non-perishable pet food item will receive 10% off their entire order. Third, shake: visit on a Tuesday to receive 15% off wine/champagne. Fourth, roll over: if your humans live in Lowertown they will deliver to them, for free, at night. And as a Bichon bonus, if your humans spent all their cash on you, they even have a scratch and dent beer tub. (Nortese note: Lowertown Wine & Spirits is also located on the green line).
Common Good Books – I came THIS close to meeting the owner of this amazing local bookstore – the stage man himself, Garrison Keillor! Well maybe not quite that close, but I got to see “his” famous red shoes, browse the extensive and unique literary dog and human collection, power lounge near the comfy couch, and meet the friendly and knowledgeable two-leggeds who work there. Common Good Books is open seven days a week, has fun section titles (instead of biographies, think “lives”) and is just plain smart and cozy in its design. Just imagine the possibilities if Mr. Keillor ever met me there for a duo photo: Lake Wobegon meets Kramer Canine, investigative reporter. I mean…
While I highly recommend visiting Lowertown and Snelling Avenue any time of year, escape the cold and check ‘em both out during the remaining weeks of winter.