Jo Johnson found the location for Posh Pets Boutique while walking a dog. The former owner of a dog-walking and pet care business saw the empty storefront along North High Street and was inspired to open a boutique devoted to pet products.
Jo Johnson found the location for Posh Pets Boutique while walking a dog. The former owner of a dog-walking and pet care business saw the empty storefront along North High Street and was inspired to open a boutique devoted to pet products. She liked the idea of locating in the Short North because the bustling arts district attracts visitors from throughout central Ohio as well as from around the world. "It has a good flow of traffic," she said.
Can people bring their pets with them when they shop here?
Dogs are always welcome. We have dogs, cats, pot-belly pigs and monkeys that come here - a whole range of animals.
What is a great gift to get your pet if you really want to spoil it?
Bling is still really huge. People like bling collars. Enrichment toys to keep them entertained when they're home alone. This time of year, sweaters are really popular.
What can kids expect when they come here?
We try to educate children about the reasons why we carry the products we do, and the ways they can help take care of their pets. We really stress identification. We're always hearing stories about pets who get lost when their collars are off. I think it's really important to teach children from an early age the responsibilities of being a pet owner.
Has Hollywood's infatuation with high-end pet accessories impacted your business?
It certainly was beneficial when I first started. We (opened) after "Legally Blonde" came out where she carried the dog in her purse. It didn't promote the best in dog ownership. People wanted the accessory more than the pet. There's not as much of that anymore. Now a lot of celebrities are attaching themselves to different rescue organizations.
You sell dog clothes. Are there a lot of dogs that enjoy wearing clothes?
Yes. Some dogs just love wearing clothes. There are dogs that go and get something out of drawer and drop it on the floor and wait until (their owner) puts it on.
Do you know the pet names of most of your regular customers?
I know most of my customers' dogs' names more than I know my customers' names. That's how my brain works.