By Sharon Gomes Thomas
It may seem that on every other corner ofâ€ â€¬New York City,â€ â€¬you’ll stumble across a cute pet boutique or a showy doggy daycare.â€ â€¬However,â€ â€¬some neighborhoods are more blessed than others when it comes to a choice of discerning stores.â€ â€¬If you live downtown near the eastern part of the financial district,â€ â€¬an area not exactly bustling with residential buildings,â€ â€¬your choices are somewhat limited.â€ â€¬That’s why Tom Bruin,â€ â€¬a South Street Seaport resident and his two Maltese puppies are thankful forâ€ â€¬The Salty Pawâ€ ( â€¬www.TheSaltyPaw.com â€)â€¬.â€
Beauty News:â€ â€¬Whyâ€ â€¬is The Salty Paw your favorite pet boutiqueâ€?
Tom Bruin:â€ â€¬Because it really isn’t just one thing.â€ â€¬It’s a pet store,â€ â€¬a daycare and a grooming spa.â€ â€¬It’s infinitely convenient to have all three in one location.â€ â€¬The Seaport area doesn’t have a lot of stores,â€ â€¬aside from the usual ones catering to the office crowd.â€ â€¬The Salty Paw is different.
BN:â€ â€¬So your credit card has seen some damage in the Salty Paw Boutiqueâ€?
TB:â€ (â€¬Laughsâ€)â€¬.â€ â€¬Yes,â€ â€¬definitelyâ€! â€¬I get organic dog food for Bogey and Bacallâ€ (â€¬Tom’s Maltese dogsâ€) â€¬as well as their dog bowls.â€ â€¬And of course,â€ â€¬they practically get a new toy every week.
BN:â€ â€¬They also make custom coats from Black Dog Farmsâ€ (â€¬ http://www.BlackDogFarms.biz â€)
TB:â€ â€¬And I think dog slings too.â€ â€¬I haven’t ordered the custom coats because there always seems to be off-the-rack jackets for my dogs anyway.â€ â€¬But I can see howâ€ â€¬someone with a pudgy dachshund,â€ â€¬for example,â€ â€¬mayâ€ â€¬get some specially made.
BN:â€ â€¬Doâ€ â€¬you use The Salty Paw Grooming Spa services for your dogsâ€?
TB:â€ â€¬I actually give Bogey and Bacall their baths at home.â€ â€¬But I get a little squeamish about trimming their nails.â€ â€¬So I go to Salty for that.â€
BN:â€ â€¬And of course The Salty Paw’s Day Campâ€?
TB:â€ â€¬My babies adore daycareâ€!â€¬ Salty only accepts dogsâ€ â€¬25â€ â€¬lbs or under,â€ â€¬so all the pooches there are just their size.â€ â€¬Also,â€ â€¬there’s aâ€ â€¬3â€ â€¬day initial trial,â€ â€¬so the dogs get a rigorous assessment.â€ â€¬I was really miffed about theâ€ â€¬3â€ â€¬day trail when I signed up,â€ â€¬but now I can see why it needs to happen.â€
BN:â€ â€¬So what’s the best thing about the Salty Pawâ€?
TB:â€ â€¬That there are all these great restaurants a stone’s throw away,â€ â€¬where I can have dinner outside with Bogey and Bacallâ€! â€¬Although,â€ â€¬it’s getting cold now,â€ â€¬so that doesn’t happen as often as I likeâ€!
The Salty Paw
Grooming Spa,â€ â€¬Doggy Daycare and Boutique
38â€Ž â€Peck Slip
NY,â€ â€¬NYâ€ â€¬10038