With winter upon us, the hats, boots, scarves, mittens and coats have once again come out of the closet to protect us from old man winter’s wrath. Minnesota has one of the coldest winters in the country, and it’s important to be prepared. But you’re not the only one who needs to be prepared. Don’t forget about Fifi turning into a pupsicle in your backyard or Mr. Meows curling up for warmth at the foot of your bed. Your little (or not so little) companions need to stay warm as well, and these Minnesota shops offer all the gear you need for the long Minnesota winter.
Cocobear Boutique and Pet Care
197 E. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
Specializing in locally sourced goods and American-made products, Cocobear is a great alternative to giant stores like PetSmart and Costco. A cozy, intimate shop in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul, you and your furry friend will feel comfortable and welcome as soon as you walk in the door. For winter, a great selection of coats, boots and more will keep your friend warm. They’re sure to appreciate the local quality, even if they can’t tell you with words.
783 Radio Drive, Suite 102
Woodbury, MN 55125
Keep your diva dog warm with a stylish sweater from Posh Pooch. With a huge selection of boots, jackets, blankets and more, your dog can stay warm and happy all winter long and look great doing it. Peruse the selection online or head to the Woodbury store and have the welcoming staff, and your little friend, help you pick out the best in winter fashion for pets.
312 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Hennepin Avenue has plenty of great shops for humans, but there is also one of the best shops for your pet as well. Bone Adventure will take care of all of your dog-clothing needs, and the friendly, knowledgeable staff will spend as much time as you need to make sure you, and your pup, leave happy. There are two other locations as well, in Edina and Wayzata, but the Hennepin Avenue location allows you to pick up a few dog treats, then a few treats for yourself at Surdyk’s across the street.
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4 Perfect Pets
2127 Division St. N.
St. Paul, MN 55109
This store has everything your dog could ever want. After picking out some clothes for winter, you can let your dog show them off at the Puppy Playgroup, or come in for one of the featured special events. Plus, your pet is sure to stay warm all winter long with the quality clothing, without getting itchy or uncomfortable. There is always a sale, coupon. discount or special deal to take advantage of, so you can find the best for your pets without having to shell out the cash that you would at other pet boutiques.
Lulu and Luigi
3699 Joppa Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
You’re sure to find top quality for your pets at Lulu and Luigi. You can shop for your pets at three metro locations, or online, and pick out the latest in quality pet fashion. From practical to decadent in rubber booties and embroidered scarves, you’ll be able to find everything you need to keep your pet looking and feeling great for the winter. Take your time to look through the large selection. This is the place to spoil your pet, and why not? They deserve it.
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.