Nestled within Columbia's historical Shandon neighborhood, Pupcakes Pet Boutique invites passersby and their four-legged friends to admire the designer dog-wear, stylish carriers and beds, and handy accessories in the homey, family-run shop. Throughout the store, Prada, the assistant manager and resident silky terrier, performs quality-control tests on toys, greets visitors with begs for belly rubs, and reviews payroll time sheets. The scent of daily baked treats tickles the olfactory lobes of discerning doggie patrons, and the sight of pooches dressed in cute vests and comforting Thundershirts reduces human speech to adoring coos and baby talk.
Charlestowne Pub Stroll's knowledgeable guides cover nearly 300 years of history during their three-hour walking tours, shedding light on the city's libation-steeped past. Guide dressed in full pirate or colonial regalia lead guests along Meeting Street as they point out the area’s most historically significant pubs. They regale guests with tales of Prohibition-era criminals, early drinking habits, and other historical oddities, including that time when drinking a full gallon of milk was temporarily outlawed in Charleston in the 1900s. Throughout the tour, groups will stop into select watering holes to sample the storied brews for themselves at an extra cost.
Many dogs calm down as soon as they set paw inside Animal Antics. Scattered throughout the facility, diffusers emit DAP, or dog-appeasing pheromones, which can help put dogs at ease during everything from daycare services to grooming appointments.
During daycare, pups get plenty of playtime, and owners can even schedule one-on-one training sessions to work on issues such as being crated, coming when called, and greeting guests politely, rather than with high-fives. At night, boarding charges hunker down in private suites with beds. Owners can also arrange for group or private training or gentle grooming sessions.
Rae Prater loves her job. A lifelong pet owner, she founded Prater Tot’s Pet Sitting & Concierge Services as a way to extend the time she spends with animals into her workday hours. Her affection for four-legged beasts shines through in each of her pet-sitting sessions, during which she spends 30 minutes playing fetch, administering medicine, watering houseplants, and transporting pets to the vet. When she isn’t looking after dogs and cats, Rae runs errands for clients as part of her concierge service. Her day-to-day tasks include everything from waiting for repairmen to shopping for groceries and stuffing jello into the mailboxes of mortal enemies.
Animal Supply House’s staff of animal lovers wants only the best for your pets, which is why they stock environmentally friendly and holistic supplies. Aisle after aisle features shelves stacked with grooming supplies, toys, byproduct-free foods, and accessories for dogs, cats, birds, and domesticated teddy bears. For more than 20 years, Animal Supply House has stocked premium food from brands such as Diamond, Apex, and Holistic Select, as well as a full selection of leather harnesses, leashes, and eye patches. Patrons can even drop off their pooches for grooming while they browse.