Correction: In the original version of the story, Borderstan incorrectly identified the owner of Planet Pet as Linda Welch. The business is owned by Rock and Susie Benson.
Two beloved 14th Street sister businesses are officially gone from the corridor. Green Pets and Dogs By Day have moved and rebranded as Planet Pet as one businesses at 1711 Florida Avenue, the corner of Florida and Champlain Street NW. Friday was opening day.
Fortunately, store consultant Linda Welch said the owners area planning a boutique pet store at 1410 14th Street, hopefully the first week of November.
The new 14th Street store will offer an expanded selection of pets supplies, including many items from local suppliers, as well as grooming services. It will be in the former site of Mar Del Plata restaurant, between Rhode Island and P NW.
From Tom Hay
The popular pet supply store and doggie daycare center at 1724 14th Street NW has plans to open a new location at 1711 Florida Avenue NW. They also plan to relocate the Logan Circle store to the former Mar De Plata location down the street at 1410 14th Street NW, between Rhode Island and P; it will be called Planet Pets.
You will recall Mar de Plata relocated to 1827 Jefferson Place NW, south of Dupont Circle in 2009.
Act Globally Think Locally
Owner Linda Welch said she plans for an October 1 opening for the Florida Avenue location, and early October for the 14th Street location, pending approval of permits. The 1410 14th Street “boutique” will offer an expanded selection of pets supplies, including many items from local suppliers, the location will also offer grooming. The business also plans on changing their name to Planet Pets, a nod to the “act globally, think locally” trend.
South of P Development Continues
Green Pets’ move continues the trend of activity on the blocks of 14th between P Street and Thomas Circle. We recently reported on the Logan 14 Salon & Spa at 1314B 14th, and the restaurants Teakwood at 1323 14th and Italian Cinema at 1404 14th.
Before starting, I figured that since we are such a small mini-hood, an autonomous region of the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods, that I would have to include neighboring and nearby winners. After all, our commercial strips are the north side of the 1400-block of P Street NW and the west side of 14th Street NW from P to S Streets.
I was wrong. Businesses in our little enclave between 14th and 16th and P and S Streets NW did incredibly well in the City Paper competition: 10 businesses, one community-based organization, one locale and one individual (a bartender) made the list of favorites from the Readers’ Poll and City Paper Staff Picks. Several businesses were winners in more than one category.