(Excerpts from The Frederick News Post, November 4, 2018)
Have you ever noticed the water bowls outside a downtown store or a small sticker on a business’s window that says “pet-friendly!”? Well that’s because more than 40 businesses are pet-friendly and love seeing your best friend in store.
About five years ago, Downtown Frederick Partnership started tracking how many businesses are pet-friendly and noticed it was “pretty prominent,” with not only stores getting in on the fun, but food and craft beverage businesses as well.
“If it’s a retail location, come on in and shop with your dog, and if it’s a restaurant, it means they have an outdoor seating location where pets are welcome,” said Leeann Dickerson, marketing and promotions manager for the partnership. “I think it goes with the vibe of downtown Frederick. A lot of people who live here are out walking with their pets, and they stop in and pick something up in a store. It’s a source of convenience for their lives.”
Another pet-friendly business with a shop pup is Hunting Creek Outfitters, also on North Market Street. Store owner Murray Friedman has been in business for 17 years and has been pet-friendly for that long too. His Llewellin setter, Maizey, is always in house. “We love dogs — all pets, for that matter,” he said. “We don’t want to discourage someone from not being able to come in the store because they happened to be walking their dog downtown.”
He said allowing dogs in the store isn’t bad for business either, adding that the store even sells some pet supplies. “When we sell that stuff, we encourage people to bring their pets in and literally try it out,” he said. “The dog can lay on the bed, it can put the collar on, those kinds of things.”
He and Schneider both said they were not surprised that so many businesses downtown are pet-friendly as it’s the “general feel of downtown.”
And it’s a good conversation-starter when shoppers bring in their dog, Friedman said.
“We like just being friendly and full-service,” he said. “We’ve had people come in, let’s say it’s a couple, and one stands outside with the pet and the other one’s in the store shopping and we’ll literally walk out and say, ‘hey, you can come in with your dog.’
“We’re happy to do it,” he added. “And I’m always pleased to see other businesses that do it, too.”
Stop by Hunting Creek Outfitters booth at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show. Maizey will be back at the shop!