You’ve heard it before. Downtown has gone to the dogs, and we’re actually pretty happy about that. One downtown developer has had a really hard time renting his apartments because of his ‘no-pet’ policy. Statistics say that 44% of Americans own dogs, 29% own cats. Because of that policy, he is turning away 60% (total # of pet owners) of the people who might have been interested in his space. That’s a lot of people to tell that you don’t want their money or business.
Because of this dog love connection, more and more businesses are becoming pet friendly. (Some types of businesses cannot, because of state and local laws.) Downtown does have a number of pet-friendly locations and we thought we would share them. We warn that this list is not inclusive. We will be adding more businesses as we get them. (If you know of one, please tell us!)
Definition Industries, downtown’s new screen printing business on Lake Street, is pet-friendly. So is Joseph Guin Salon and the Downtown Development Authority. We all have shop dogs that rule the roost and get a LOT of attention.
Nicky’s Mexican Restaurant in the Red River District- Nicky’s patio is a
wonderful place to enjoy a meal or margarita with your fuzz-faced friend.
Bon Temps Coffee Bar in the Red River District- Bons has a wonderful covered outdoor area, perfect to relax with your pet and a hot or cold coffee drink and soon, a food menu!
Sassi Cafe Patio, 400 Texas St. Sassi Cafe serves up tasty specials M-F along with salads, sandwiches and homemade soups. Pets are welcome (along with their masters) at the outdoor tables.
Bon Asian, 400 Travis St. downtown’s fabulous Asian cafe, complete with daily specials, teriyaki stir fries, California rolls and more. They are also open on Saturdays. Bon Asian has several outdoor tables for you and Fideaux.
Little Realty, 717 Milam, is the place to meet Mollie. Mollie loves helping all the folks looking for great properties downtown (and sometimes other places. I know, crazy, right?).
Central Station’s Happy (Yappy?) Hour, 1025 Marshall St. Drop by the cool former Central Train Station downtown for drinks and chat from 5-9 M-F and bring Poochikins with you!
Fatty Arbuckles in the Red River District welcomes dogs to their outdoor patio space. Come by to taste one or two of their WIDE variety of special aged liquors or just a nice cold beer after a long, hot day.
Antique Adoption, 408 Cotton, is our newest, coolest little retail spot downtown. Chastity is a ‘picker’ who travels the country finding all sorts of unique & antique items. You seriously never know what you might find there! Check out her FB page to see when she will be open and you might run into Jeb and Zack, her gorgeous Boxers.
Riverside Roofing Materials, 975 Louisiana, is always happy to welcome your dog with treats they keep on hand. They can help you with many of your roofing and construction needs, plus they’re really nice people!
Dog -Friendly Hotels
Remington Suite Hotel and Spa– 220 Travis St. Consistently rated #1 in the area by Trip Advisor, the Remington has large & comfortable rooms, a lovely bar, spa and workout facilities on site—all in a beautifully rehabbed historic building. Any size dog is allowed for an additional $40 per night.
710 Crockett Street Lofts, 710 Crockett St. The six apartments in a rehabbed former Salvation Army building downtown welcomes dogs of all sizes and types. There is truly not much to hurt in the apartments, which feature concrete floors, thick brick walls and a wonderful fenced parking/courtyard area.
Lofts @ 624, 624 Texas St. The converted Sears department store welcomes dogs in their just-completed apartments.
United Jewelers Apartments, 301 Crockett St. Great spaces in a historic building just feet from Festival Plaza. A myriad of layout options, soaring ceilings, giant windows, HUGE closets! Pool & other amenities on site. No weight restrictions, but there will be a pet ‘interview’. $300 fee and $200 deposit per pet.
Lee Hardware Apartments, 719 Edwards St. Loft living in a giant converted warehouse filled with old growth timber and giant beams. An art gallery, pool and other amenities are on site.
In the not-too-distant future, the City of Shreveport is going to open the new dog park at the Stoner Boat Launch. This is considered downtown, and we are happy to have it! The dog park will feature both a small and large dog area, and a ‘swimming hole.’ Rules for use will be coming soon.
RiverView Park and Riverfront Trails
The dancing fountains and amphitheater at RiverView Park has been joined by a covered stage and soon, bathrooms! The park is dog friendly, as are the miles of walking/jogging/biking trails along the Red River and Clyde Fant Parkway.