It’s a dog and cat world at the new “Uncommon Paws” where many dogs attended the opening of the expanded and just relocated pet boutique in the Old Port of Portland. Almost double its size from its former location just doors away, its product line is significantly larger for dogs and cats. For cats, supplies have been increased by 25% with new items arriving every day according to Gudrun Cobb, Owner.
One of the most popular items are the dog collars and leashes made by Gudrun. Like hers, many of the pet products are made here in the United States.
However, this boutique has an international flair too. There are rain coats from Finland, Alpaca sweaters for dogs from Peru, and doggie carriers from Germany. There are feeding dishes, pet treats, games, toys galore, doggie blankets, doggie coats and lots of novelty gifts for that special pet in your life.
And, the discerning owner whose pet already has everything will surely find something here! Shop while holiday music is playing in the background.
“We just got here, but we will probably end up shopping more for our dog then ourselves,” said Mackenzie Caflin, of her five month old Golden Retriever.
“We came here to buy dog collars. We love them here. They are very durable.,” said Alex Wolfe. She bought a fall collar for “Shar” decorated with pumpkins and fall colors. She was back to find a winter collar for Shar. Shar is a four year old German Shepard. (See below left photo of Shar).
Four years ago, almost to the day, Uncommon Paws opened up in a smaller spot on Exchange Street. The date of that opening was November 19, 2016 according to Cobb, boutique owner.
“A good chunk of our customers don’t have pets. But they can be inspired to get one after visiting “Uncommon Paws,” said Steven Anderson, a new employee of the pet boutique at 21 Exchange Street. Steven did much of the heavy lifting during the relocation that took place this past week from 13 Exchange Street. It is expected that the surf shop currently located across Exchange Street will be moving into 13 Exchange Street, a property of the controversial landlord Joe Soley.
Because of restrictions in place statewide due to the pandemic, 9 shoppers are allowed entry at a time. The wearing of face coverings is required for entry. Gudron was one of the recipients of grant money from the state which enabled Uncommon Paws to survive during during the 2 l/2 month shutdown from March 15 until June 1st 2020. The grant money covered “losses,” she said.
The boutique is open seven days a week for convenient holiday shopping. Hours may differ following the holidays.