Being a lover of dogs and a lover of Nashville, I like to keep my eye out for independent local businesses catering to our furry family members — places where I can spoil Ella with something unique while supporting local entrepreneurs.
If you have similar inclinations, this post is worth bookmarking — here, I’ve rounded up some of the great local shops offering toys, treats, food and other stuff for our favorite dogs (and cats, and fish, and birds, etc.).
East Nashville shop Baxter Bailey & Company’s tagline is “luxury living for the discriminating mutt,” and that includes everything from custom dog beds to cool-looking collars and harnesses. My favorite thing there might be their treats, though — their bakery case is as stocked with delicious-looking cookies and biscuits as any human bakery (see above). Pretty awesome for when your well-behaved pup really deserves something special.
Come.Sit.Stay in Belle Meade Plaza focuses on “quality products that will not cost much more than those you could find at the big box retailers, but will be a little more functional, fashionable or just plain fun” — and that includes toys that can withstand the fierce chewers some of us live with. I really like their organic rope toys, like the squirrel above — might distract your pup from barking at actual squirrels for a few minutes. (Though I won’t stretch too far past “few” — all dog owners know the power of squirrels.)
A longtime fixture in East Nashville, Wags and Whiskers has been supplying EastSiders (and river-crossers) with holistic pet food and more since 2004. They started doing the same in 12 South in 2011, and are working on opening a Sylvan Heights location soon. When you’re focused on eco-friendly toys and holistic food and treats — or want to learn more about why you might want to explore those products — W&W is definitely the place to look.
Run by the folks behind The Dog Spot, Spot’s Pet Supply in East Nashville is a great place to grab dog food, treats, collars and all your other necessaries. Come Christmas time, it’s also a pretty fine place to get your dog’s picture with Santa.
Like Wags and Whiskers, Happy reTales in Brentwood offers lots of holistic and natural food and treats. A cool part of the business that I really respect and appreciate: 100 percent of the store's profits are donated to local animal rescue organizations (that’s included Agape Animal Rescue, Snooty Giggles and many other programs).
In Germantown, Crossroads Pets – Shop & Adopt mixes providing pet needs with social enterprise — the shop is stocked with all the pet-parent necessaries, from leashes and toys to treats and food. But beyond, as a nonprofit, Crossroads provides job training and mentorship for young people, and houses rescue pets that are up for adoption.
My passion might be focused on dog rescue, but I appreciate a place that puts real dedication toward cat rescue, too. Over in Berry Hill, the Cat Shoppe & the Dog Store has a broad selection of food, treats and other needs for cats and dogs, but the shop also serves as a place where folks can meet the cats who’ve come in via their non-profit rescue, "Cat Shoppe Rescue, Inc." So cat lovers can find a new buddy and stock up with stuff to spoil him or her, all in one place.