'Woof' -- There It Is
It's been open for about two weeks as the shelves are stocked, but the grand opening of The Big Bad Woof comes this weekend. Targeted to the "socially consious pet," the boutique offers organic and fresh food, toys made from recycled materials and many products from small or women-owned businesses, says Julie Paez, who owns the store with Pennye Jones-Naiper. The shop is big on style, too. In the old corner Arise space in Takoma, D.C., you'll find Swarovski crystal-studded collars, portable nylon bowls in a lime daisy print and (coming soon) high heel-shaped treats from "Manolo Barknik." Soft toys swim in a red clawfoot tub, and a line of beauty products tagged "every dog has his day spa" fill a side wall. I especially like the tactfully named "between baths spritz" in lavender or peppermint, the oblong toy storage baskets with a bungee closure (ideal for bathroom storage too) and the cannoli-shaped treats. There are also small stuffed toys in the likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Bush.
In preparation for the grand opening, you can enter a free drawing for several products or buy a $2 raffle ticket for a $100 shopping spree, benefiting the Washington Animal Rescue League. Winners will be named Sunday at 5.
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