By SARA RIVEST | WAVE 3 NEWS
A first-of-its kind business is planned for a busy corner in the Highlands. It’s a mix between a dog park and a bar; it’s called PG & J’s Dog Bar.
The dog bar sits on Baxter Avenue near Broadway in the former Canine Social Club.
Paco, Ginnie and J. Roddy are shadows to their owner Gina Nobles.
“Two things: I love beer and I love dogs and I know I’m not alone in that,” Nobles said.
Nobles is opening the city’s first dog park bar.
She and her husband got the idea when living in Austin, Texas.
They lived in a small duplex and needed a place for their pups to run around. A dog bar opened up down the street and they quickly became regulars.
“You work all day and your dog is at home alone but you want to unwind and socialize too, but you feel guilty leaving them at home for even longer, so it’s the best marrying of you know two things and they can come with you,” Nobles said.
The space used to be a dog training facility and before that a car mechanic. It’s 4,000 square feet inside.
There will be a bar, tables and stools but plenty of room for dogs to play inside and outside.
“Most people understand what a dog park is and most people understand what a bar is,” Nobles said. “Well we’ve combined the two. So now you can socialize with your furry friend and with all your friends.”
People won’t be charged to go into the bar, but to get your dog in you’ll need a day pass or a membership.
A day pass will cost $10, an unlimited monthly membership is $29.95 and an unlimited yearly membership is $249.95. If you get your yearly membership before they open, though, you’ll save 50 bucks.
There are a few things you need to know before you show up. Owners will have to verify with the bar that their dogs are current on vaccinations, are spayed or neutered, and are over 4 months old.
Ultimately, owners are responsible for their dog’s behavior and safety, but there will be Bark Rangers there to monitor the playground.
They plan to feature food trucks, pet photography and grooming services on the weekends. They also want to help other dogs get adopted.
“We’re not just another bar that’s opening in the Highlands,” Nobles said. “I wanted to make this a place where all of the rescue community can come together for visibility to host events, and bring awareness and education about dog rescue.”
Nobles plans to open the dog bar in October.