The Place: After working as a producer on popular W Network TV shows such as Divine Design with Candice Olson, Jason Squires decided to focus his energy on something a little closer to his heart: animals (or, more specifically, dogs). The shop is strategically located steps from popular doggie hot spot Trinity Bellwoods Park and takes its name from the popular bowl-like off-leash dog area in the park. The open-concept, clutter-free space carries a curated selection of eco-friendly supplies including food, treats, accessories, toys, bedding, a small selection of clothes and some grooming supplies displayed in an accessible way. Squires redesigned the former coffee shop using simple white fixtures, modern industrial lights, local art by Wag Portraits and a large chalkboard wall behind the counter. Keeping guard at the door is English sheepdog—and store mascot—Jamie, who will direct you to all her favourite products (cute overload). Take a tour of The Dog Bowl (and check out the pups who frequent it) in a gallery after the jump.
The Stuff: Squires made it his mission to find products that are either local, Canadian or North American in an effort to be more eco-friendly. Most of the food (ranging from $13–$78 per bag) is manufactured in Canada (some as close as Mississauga), and raw food and bones are available from local Ontario farms. There are toys from popular brands Chuckit, JW and Skinneeez ($5–$18) and various leashes and collars ($12–$30) from Keswick’s Smoochy Poochy and B.C.’s 4 On The Floor.
The Shoppers: Since the soft opening last week, a mixture of locals from the area, dog owners strolling by on their way to and from the park, and lost hipsters in search of a java fix have taken to the trendy canine haunt.
Our Favourite Stuff: Dog boutiques are nothing new to the area, but The Dog Bowl sets itself apart with its cool vibe and exclusive products, such as Glowdoggie collars ($49–$52) made in Germany. Though one of the few non-local products, these waterproof, light-infused collars take reflective clothing to a whole new level. Late walks no longer need to be a stressful ordeal with this light-up collar that use chip technology to turn on and off. The beef sticks were another popular choice (see the gallery for an adorable puppy chomping down on one—you won’t regret it).
984 Dundas St. W., 416-645- 2695, thedogbowl.ca