Spruce Street Commons Philly Pet Guide

September 3, 2020

Moving to a new city can be hard. If you’re a pet lover it can be even more difficult. Along with finding new stores and service providers for yourself, you also need to find new groomers, pet stores, dog parks, and much more for your four-legged friends.  

To make the process easier for our new residents, we put together this guide of our favorite pet stores, pet services, and dog-friendly areas in the city. Read on to find everything you need for your creature, big or small:

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Pet Food and Supplies

With 10 locations throughout the city, Doggie Style Pets is a Philly institution. The locally-owned pet store offers food, treats, health items, lifestyle supplies, and more. Along featuring popular pet brands they also carry their own items such as their homemade dog treats.

Doggie Style Pets is known for its community focus – they even consider themselves the neighborhood “watering dish.” If you’re new in the city, stopping by a Doggie Style Pets Store is a great way to chat and meet with other pet owners. Their Spruce location is just a block from The Touraine.

Additional locally owned, and locally loved, pet supplies include Rittenhouse Square Pet Supply and Litterpaw Pet Supply. In West Philly, Baltimore Pet Shoppe offers a curated selection of pet food, treats, and supplies. Many of these stores offer delivery – allowing you to leave the memories of lugging heavy bags of kitty litter or puppy chow in the past.

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Grooming and Care

You’ll have no trouble keeping your pet looking fresh in Philly. Many of the stores in our Pet Food and Supply section also offer grooming services. Doggie Style Pets also has a dog daycare at their market street location while Littterpaw Pet Supply offers cat sitters for your feline friends.

Philadelphia Pet Care Company, a woman-owned dog walking, and cat sitting company is another great option for pet care. Their service areas cover all of Spruce Street Commons properties. If you’re looking for more than just a daily walk, check out Philly Dog School: Philadelphia’s original doggie daycare. They have three locations, including one in Rittenhouse, and also offer dog boarding services.

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Dog Parks

When it comes to dog parks, the Schuylkill River Park Dog Run is in a league of its own. Located a mile west of the Touraine, the park features fountains, different areas for large and small dogs, and “K9 Grass” turf to keep your dog’s paws in pristine condition.

Another dog park option is Seger Dog Park in Washington Square West – a 15-minute walk from the Touraine. In West Philadelphia, locals love the Clark Park Dog Bowl. The Dog Bowl isn’t an official dog park or fenced in, so, it’s not suitable for all pups. But, it’s a great option for well-trained friendly dogs who love good exercise. Bonus for you pet lovers who are new to the city: the park is also a great place to meet new people!

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Restaurant & Bars

Many Philly restaurants allow pups on the patio in the summer months. Two options just a few blocks from the Touraine are Parc and Rogue: bistros where your dog can enjoy a water bowl as you dine at their sidewalk seating overlooking Rittenhouse Square. In University City, the aptly named White Dog Cafe provides treats and water which your pup can enjoy by your side on their fenced-in patio.

Looking for a special pooch-friendly dining experience? Square 1682 in Rittenhouse offers BYOD brunches in the summer months which includes a “Four-Legged Friends” menu for pups of refined pallets. Bok Bar also allows pups to accompany you for rooftop dining all summer long.

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Dog-friendly adventures

Philly’s sights and experiences are even more fun with Fido at your side. Dog owners will be happy to hear that pups are welcome at Philly’s famous Magic Gardens which happens to be just a block from the Seger Dog Park. Dogs are also welcome at Philadelphia Salvage, a funky architectural antique store.

Many of Philly’s outdoor landmarks are dog friendly as well, such as the Rocky Steps, the streets of Independence Park, and the iconic Philly LOVE sign. If you’re feeling extra touristy, check out a free walking tour – many are dog friendly.

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Lap-Dogs of Luxury

If you enjoy the finer things in life for your furry friends, you’ve come to the right city! At Best Friend Beauty you will find artisan beauty and wellness products for people and dogs. When it comes to high-end healthcare for your pets, it’s hard to beat the offering at Whole Animal Gym which includes massages, physical therapy, surgery rehab, and acupuncture for dogs.

If you’re celebrating a special occasion with your pup, Amelie’s Bark Shop is the very best. The best of Philly winner makes dog-friendly cakes, cupcakes, donuts, and more. Stylish Pooch, a mobile dog groomer featured on Queer Eye, can get your pup looking their very best for any occasion.

We hope you and your pets enjoy exploring the amazing city we call home. If you’re a resident of one of our properties, tag us in your pet pictures for the chance to be featured on our Instagram or Facebook page.