One of the things I love most about shopping local is walking in a store and being welcomed by a wiggling or purring mass of fur. The idea to profile the cutest shop pets in SLC came from Tabitha, manager of Retro Rose, and we loved the fact that she reached out to us almost as much as we loved the idea.
But first a disclaimer, all of the pets profiled here are cute and are listed in no particular order.
Shop cat at Retro Rose
207 East Broadway, SLC
Itsy is a female orange tabby. Orange tabbies are usually male, making her extra special. Her gift suggestion for customers is the two-foot tall tiger at Retro Rose.
Favorite food: dry cat food
Favorite color: orange
Favorite hang out in the store: on the bed, on a chair in the clothing room or on a settee in the antique room
Zodiac sign: Leo
Take on animal rights? “The animals are always right.” Badoom boom
Shop dog at Utah Artist’s Hands
61 W 100 S
Toby is a four-year old purebred Golden Retriever who takes care of business (not that kind of business) behind the counter at Utah Artist’s Hands. He greets shoppers by grabbing a toy and growling and wiggling until someone pets him, an act that about charms the pants right off the Duchess of Duh. His gift pick for shoppers at Utah Artist’s Hands is the Homeless Monster plushie by Romy B.
Favorite food: cheese
Favorite toy: Pink stuffed unicorn named Pony
Favorite color: Pink
Zodiac sign: Aquarius
Animal rights viewpoint: “Humans should be tolerated until they become as wise as dogs.”
Customer Support Specialist
The Green Ant
179 E Broadway
Hana (pronounce like sauna with an H) is a loving, lazy and spoiled bulldog who “guards” the Green Ant. She’s a petite girl, weighing in at just over 40 pounds while her brother weighs 75. Her best friend is a dove named Buddy, she even tries to coo at him. Her full name is Hana San, which roughly means “sunflower.” Hana loves kids, and when she’s dissatisfied with the amount of attention she is recieving, she’s been known to make a sound that’s a cross between a scream and a growl.
Favorite food: Plain Hamburger with fries from Crown Burger.
Favorite toy: Her orange skateboard, pink lady (rubber chew toy) and any 1 gallon plastic milk jug
Favorite hangout: in the sun in the front window
Zodiac sign: Scorpio
Take on animal rights: “She’s not worried about that so much as she’s more concerned that she should be the center of everyone’s universe!”
Bijoux and Jolie
Now and Again
501 E 300 S
This tiny matched pair of poodles is Todd’s pick for cutest shop pet in SLC. The four-and-a-half year old siblings love to be carried around the shop by customers, and they don’t have favorite toys because they prefer to play with each other. Their “dad,” shop keep, Michael says they greet shoppers by running to the door and demanding to be petted. They are also known by nicknames Peashoots (Bijoux) and Jolberger (Jolie).
Favorite food: Milk Bones
Favorite color: Pink
Zodiac sign: Libra
Take on animal rights: “They have kind thoughts regarding animals, although they don’t consider themselves such.”
Gift suggestion: Buy a pile of stuff to give us more space to play!
We hope to bring you another installment of cute shop pets down the road, so drop us a note and let us know where to find the cutie pies.