In the pet lifestyle category, which includes items from dishes and feeding
accessories to beds, throws and pillows, independent retailers across the nation report locally
and U.S.-made products as popular sellers in
“Local companies are very popular,” said
Laurence Harrison, owner of Moulin Pooch in San
Francisco. “P.L.A. Y., Wildebeest and Usagi Team
do best here because of what they produce, and
they are local-oriented.”
Ashley Urban, store manager at Fideaux, which has a store in St.
Helena, Calif., and one in Healdsburg, Calif., reported that products from Jax
& Bones and Bauer Pottery—both companies that offer California-made
products—sell very well.
“We carry high-end pottery dishes,
and when people see our ceramic dishes,
they want made in the USA,” Urban said.
“The hand-poured Bauer Pottery dishes that
say “dog” and “cat” on them are superpretty,
and we also have Pet Ware Pottery, which is
handmade in Colorado.”
Next to where the products originate, top
sellers often reflect the community and the
season. During the summer months, Urban said, “Jax & Bones’ Occasional
Outdoor products are great for travel and this time of year, [as are] travel
dishes and collapsible water bowls.”
In beds, Urban said donut beds sell well because dogs love the outer
wall to lean their heads against and cozy
up inside, so she always carries them.
Another year-round seller is “supersoft
poly-blend blankets in assorted styles
“For summer beds, we brought in
Pendleton’s new line of dog beds to try,”
she said. “People see them, know the
Pendleton brand, and they’re flying out
At The Dog Bar in Miami Beach,
Fla., Steven Cohen, co-owner with his
wife, Michele, said in their tour-
ist-heavy location, their top sellers
are collars and leashes because they
transport back home easily. Next in
line are beds and feeders.
“Collars and toys are nonfood top
sellers because they’re easy,” Cohen
said. “[Customers] come in and load
up on that stuff. The beds are better for
locals, and the feeders are the same.”
Harrison’s store also boasts a lot of
tourists, and he agreed that they like to
take unique San Francisco or California
items home with them.