Expansion, expansion, expansion of her product line has been the goal of Gundrum Cobb, Owner, of Uncommon Paws, almost since the day she opened her doggie boutique almost three years ago at 13 Exchange Street in the Old Port of Portland. But to expand her product line, she needs more space.
Cobb will be relocating just up the Street a little bit – to 21 Exchange Street – which is currently the venue of The Paper Patch that is vacating its long-time space later this month. Cobb will almost double her space by this move. Currently, her space is 9,000 sq. feet and the new space comes in at 1,700 sq. ft. of space. She will be able to add much more product – including dog coats, toys as well as increasing her line of cat products – currently a minor part of the product line.
Cobb plans on opening her new space by November 15th after its build out starting sometime later this month or early October. In the meantime, the space at 13 Exchange Street will remain open until the new opening. She has signed a long-term lease with her new landlord Cianchette, presumably assuming the remaining outstanding lease of The Paper Patch with Cianchette.
“We will honor The Paper Patch in some small way,” said Cobb. A possibility is a section devoted to the sales of pet scenes and Maine themes that are currently sold at The Paper Patch. The Patch has held the distinction of being the oldest business in the Old Port. But that distinction ends this month and will be taken over by Joseph’s, 410 Fore Street. (Please visit post herein dated August 15, 2020 on Joseph’s). Closing sales are on-going at The Paper Patch.
“We will miss Rob (owner) being there. He’s been a fixture at 21 Exchange Street for many years,” said Cobb.
Please visit two previous posts herein on ‘Uncommon Paws’; April 2, 2017 and December 24, 2017.