Those of us with dogs love to take our pets out with us, and Chester has no shortage of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants to take your pawed pal. But when it comes to shopping, where exactly can you go?
Bertie and I set off from Handbridge on a busy Saturday morning, crossing over the Queens Park Bridge into Chester to see which shops would welcome us in.
On Foregate Street we quickly spotted a water bowl in the entrance of Lee Louise, an independent ethical gift and jewellery store. The shop assistant happily welcomed us inside and Bertie was delighted to sniff around. He was very helpful in convincing me that I definitely needed a new pair of earrings before I decided to carry on to Paperchase where Bertie quickly became an attraction with staff and customers, though he was more interested in the gift bags…
Next door but one we went into Lush, one of the only shops I have already been to with him. Although Bertie was slightly overwhelmed by the strong smells the staff were immediately welcoming. The Lush store, like Paperchase, is spacious with plenty of room for a larger dog to move around easily if you’re concerned about happy waggy tails causing damage.
We carried on through town taking a right onto Saint Werburgh St towards Chester Cathedral and spotted a water bowl and treats in Whitestuff and a ‘dogs welcome’ sign in Seasalt. Further up was the Barbour store where a shop assistant showed us the stock of beds, coats and leads, should you wish to dress you dog like a true Cheshire canine.
I still had a few more things to buy and wanted to check out the independent creative cooperative, 2nd Floor on Northgate St. We weren’t sure if they were dog-friendly but when we reached the top of the stairs we were warmly welcomed into the shop and shown the pin board of doggie visitors to the space who’d their photos snapped. Obligatory photo of Bertie taken and one cool pin badge purchased we were back into central town and off towards the Violet Palm on Watergate St. Note that they have a resident pooch in the shop who actively greets any four-legged customers.
After spending an unreasonable amount of time in the store of my millennial plant owning dreams we were getting a little tired of the Saturday crowds and decided to loop back to Handbridge along the rows. Bertie paused for refreshments at the water bowl outside Ellis Brigham and I noticed another water station further down on Lower Bridge St outside Outdoor and Country.
A last quick visit into Wild the florist where Bertie chose a Eucalyptus plant for the garden and finally we collapsed into Obscure coffee for break in the peace and quiet of the back room. They have outdoor stools or a brightly lit front cafe area but Bertie prefers the back lounge with atmospheric lighting. Cappuccino and cake for me and plenty of fuss for Bertie was just what we needed after a day of exploring. Now I just need him to carry my shopping bags for me and I think we’re onto a winner with this shopping together business…