Hertel Avenue will finally have its own pet shop. Daisy’s Doghouse is only a few days away from opening its doors, unleashing a wide variety of pet toys and products for both dogs and cats. The corner building was once home to Floral Expectations, and has great visibility on the street. The building is also very charming and offers nice visibility inside.
I took a peek inside earlier today and noticed that the pet store looks more like a boutique than a place to go for pet products, which is actually quite nice for both pets and owners. The interior looks to be clean, spacious, well organized and colorful, with all sorts of fun pet sundries to browse. The shop is located on the corner of Norwalk Avenue, directly across the street from the former Empire Grill, which will soon reopen as Mac’s.
Right out of the crate, Daisy’s will be offering up puppy and dog classes, and says that it wants to be a place where pets and their people meet up to share pet related experiences in North Buffalo.
“We really wanted to make a pet store that didn’t “feel” like the others but offers great products for pets and their humans,” says owner Lisa Samar. “Different foods. Locally made treats and products made by artists from Buffalo. Cause driven products etc.”
In this day and age, when the internet and big box pet stores are considered king, it’s good to see these types of boutique pet stores opening. Places like Daisy’s will always have something that’s a bit off the beaten path, whether it’s comfy dog beds or homemade pet treats. You also can’t beat the customer service at a local shop, where the owner typically waits on the customer. Growing up in the Elmwood Village, I always depended on my independently owned neighborhood pet shop. I’m sure the people living near Hertel Avenue will soon feel the same way.
Daisy’s Doghouse opens on May 1, 2015.