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Wish They All Could Be California Malls

From the Los Angeles Times: High-end shopping goes to the dogs at Newport Beach's Fashion Island mall -- Pooches can accompany their owners into stores, get massages, scarf down treats or take in a canine fashion show at the outdoor mall.

By Susannah Rosenblatt, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Through the sickly sweet fog of designer fragrances, past gleaming cosmetics counters, the giant, furry critter pads across the polished tile. The prim sales clerks don't even bat an eye. They might even reach behind cases of creams and powders to pull out a treat.

Welcome to Orange County's unofficial dog mall, otherwise known as Fashion Island -- an upscale collection of shops and restaurants in the even more upscale enclave of Newport Beach. Startling as it may be to out-of-town shoppers, dogs are everywhere, even inside Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Macy's.

In typical Southern California style, a flawlessly dressed woman glides by in black sunglasses, pink shopping bag slung over her shoulder, a white poodle tucked under her arm -- the dog coordinating perfectly with her outfit.

"Dogs have become the new kids," said Kathy Jones, manager of Muttropolis, a high-end pet store that's the focal point of Fashion Island's dog-friendly culture. "You tend to spoil them."

Such as the couple pushing their Chihuahua-mix Daisy through the shop in a pet stroller as they browsed for a new halter for her, killing time before the dog's turn with a pet masseuse.

"We usually take her with us wherever we go," said Gina Mirigliani, 30, an occupational therapist from San Pedro.

Some dog owners grumble that other malls bar pets, or that shoppers aren't exactly thrilled by puppy customers. The Grove, Los Angeles' huge shopping mecca, once limited canine visitors to 25 pounds but now allows dogs of all sizes -- as long as they're friendly, a spokeswoman said.

South Coast Plaza, the sprawling indoor mall in Costa Mesa, allows only service animals for disabled shoppers, according to employees.

But Fashion Island takes more of a dog's-eye view. One store staged a doggie fashion show to launch a doggie fragrance (yes, really), and arranged pet photo specials.

"Everybody loves dogs" at Fashion Island, said Joey Magazzu, 53, lounging at an outdoor table with his wife, Sandra, and their two Jack Russell terriers. The couple love chatting up other dog people and giving their pets the chance to socialize. "They need more places like this where you can bring your dog," he said.

Seeing dogs weave in and out of rows of couture handbags and shoes can be "sort of surreal, in a way," said shopper Robyn Grant, 45, an attorney and member of the Newport Beach arts commission. Yet, in a place where puppies often serve as accessories, "it's just sort of apropos."

All that paw traffic comes with the occasional indoor bathroom-related accident, mall employees said. And it sometimes results in strange human behavior: "I see women holding their dog in their purse and carrying their wallet" in their hand, said Bloomingdale's Diesel brand specialist Bao Nguyen.

On private property, it's up to the owner to decide if dogs are allowed, with the exception of service animals, said Ryan Drabek, a spokesman for O.C. Animal Care. (Service animals that assist disabled people are allowed access everywhere.) As a result, most of Fashion Island's stores make their own rules on whether to allow dogs.

The pro-pet atmosphere draws shoppers from all corners of Orange County. Sue Santana, 34, trekked up from San Clemente with her French bulldog and pug. "We could go to San Clemente" to shop, she said, "but it's not worth it, it's not dog-friendly."

Even Italian eatery Francoli Gourmet is in on the act, inviting dogs onto the restaurant's patio and plying them with treats.

"Sundays, it's our big day," said manager Luis Mojica. "It gets to the point where there's almost a dog at every table." But even Francoli has limits -- no dogs indoors, or on chairs.

Mostly, though, the Newport Beach destination is doggie paradise. Doniqua Hoffman drove down from the high-desert town of Phelan with her Pomeranian, Milli, dolled up in a little pink outfit, for Muttropolis' annual doggie "spaw" day.

"I'd be lost without the dogs," Hoffman said. "We're so addicted."

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It does take some getting used to. I tend to take Belle shopping with me cause she will sit in her bag and be patient. I keep waiting for someone to come up to tell me to leave with the dog but nope, some will even offer up a water dish or some treats

Why am I leaving this place????

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Well, I can think of one reason someone might leave Southern Cal...maybe Fashion Island is dog friendly...but so many parks around here don't even allow dogs. Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach are the worst, no dogs in any parks!
That is just silly!

We don't have big yards and aren't allowed in parks. So silly!

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The girl that does my hair said we have a "doggie mall" here in the Detroit, Michigan area too... Partridge Creek Mall. I haven't been yet but she said she had and you could even take your dog in a lot of the stores.

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This is strange to me. Taking dogs into retail stores (other than petsmart or petco), and restaurants.
We were at Home Depot over the weekend, and this little pom was barking her head off at my 4 yr old in line at the register. We finally got out of the line, and walked up to the manager, who was about 5 ft. We asked if he'd noticed the dog, and all the other people changing lines to avoid it. He said yes..that they'd be through the line shortly. Um, ok. Wrong answer.
I asked if he'd open another register for me, and he did. I pushed aside my cart that was full of about $200 worth of stuff, told him I was no longer in need of those items. Handed him my reciept for my new counters, shutters, and kitchen sink (all on order) Asked him to cancel my order, give me a full refund and I'd be doing my business at Lowes.
Needless to say, he wasn't happy.
Last wk at the same store, a dog lifted it's leg on a tree I was about to buy inside the garden center.
So, yea..not a fan of dogs where I'm shopping.

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Well, I can think of one reason someone might leave Southern Cal...maybe Fashion Island is dog friendly...but so many parks around here don't even allow dogs. Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach are the worst, no dogs in any parks!
That is just silly!

We don't have big yards and aren't allowed in parks. So silly!

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Then don't come to Long Island. Don't even think of bringing your dog to the mall unless it is hidden in a stroller. They are only allowed in designated dog parks, which aren't that great. And forget about beaches. It's just not allowed. We have a beautiful board walk at Long Beach, and you can't even walk your dogs there or you will get a fine.


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I have to say that I love having the option of taking my boys into certain stores in Philly while I am walking them. We live in the heart of the shopping district and many little boutiques are dog-friendly. Even Commerce bank encourages you to bring your dogs in, they have biscuits and water out for them. I can completely understand why a poorly socialized dog is off-putting, but if they behave, I love meeting other people's pets while I am out and about. This one place called WaterWorks has all high-end bathroom accoutrements, and the manager told me that he had people come in and eat the Peanut Butter Buddies that he had left in a jar for the dogs! Too funny.
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Uptown Minneapolis is pretty darn dog friendly and last week I took Posh to a makeover at a M.A.C. store. She was in her carrier, and she is very good in her carrier (she doesn't bark or move around) so it's pretty easy to sneak her in places. My SIL was with me and she also brought her Yorkie Jessie. Jessie is not so good in the carrier...would rather be in my SIL's arms. She does bark in the carrier if the bag is not "in motion."

I have to admit I was actually very nervous we'd get kicked out of M.A.C. and I really needed makeup, I felt apprehension even though Uptown is extremely dog friendly.

I didn't bring Posh to the shop "just because" we had a "dog party" to attend after our makeover in the area.

Meanwhile, it was totally no big deal. I guess people do it all the time, and especially because the dogs were behaved and contained in bags. We did take them out of the carriers to say goodbye after we paid.

I think as long as you are not acting like a dumbass and letting your dog wander around and pee on things or bark at people or interact with people that don't like dogs...yes, there are people out there I think it's really great to have some flexibility with bringing dogs to shops. I have read an interesting study that proves that in places that allow dogs outside cafes in parks and even in outside shops there is a safer, happier, busier, and more thriving community.

Thank goodness my mother owns the local coffee house...I take Posh there every day and we hang and have lattes together.
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It is rather ironic that more and more stores are allowing dogs but more and more parks are banning them. There are a few dog friendly towns around Northern Cal and it's fun to have the dogs with us in those places.
Tritia, I would have left the store if there was an annoying barking dog in line. Why do people seem to think it's okay for the dog to behave that way inside a store? I guess it's the same mentality some parents have who think anything their human kid does in a store or a restaurant is okay too. We were in our local Olive Garden once with friends and there was a screaming baby. I mean "SCREAMING" baby. Did they take it outside? Nope, not until they finished their meal.

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It is rather ironic that more and more stores are allowing dogs but more and more parks are banning them. There are a few dog friendly towns around Northern Cal and it's fun to have the dogs with us in those places.
Tritia, I would have left the store if there was an annoying barking dog in line. Why do people seem to think it's okay for the dog to behave that way inside a store? I guess it's the same mentality some parents have who think anything their human kid does in a store or a restaurant is okay too. We were in our local Olive Garden once with friends and there was a screaming baby. I mean "SCREAMING" baby. Did they take it outside? Nope, not until they finished their meal.

I completely agree about the kid thing.
I have four boys. FOUR..lol. Every time we walk into a restaurant we start getting stares. People start to whisper to each other, shift around in their chairs like they're about to bolt. I know they're expecting all heck to break loose.
By the end of the meal, we usually have 3, 4 people come up and compliment us on our boys. How well behaved they are, etc. I demand a LOT out of my kids when in public. And like you said, I think people should do the same with their dogs. I wouldn't DREAM of taking Cooper, my licker/jumper somewhere that non-dog liking people would be forced to deal with him. Just like I wouldn't dream of taking my kids into a restaurant if they were little brats.

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