Owner Kathy Lewis relied on her interior design background to translate her vision of creating a fun-filled specialty store that stocked pampering pet products, all natural treats, quality accessories, and offered superior customer service.

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When you walk in the door you feel the depth of her dedication as you are transported to what feels like a Paris or Manhattan boutique, with its crystal chandelier and billowy fabric hanging from the ceiling with richly painted chocolate and turquoise walls. As you take a walk around the colorful store it’s easy to notice the attention to detail that Lewis has paid to make this store a one-of-a-kind trip for people and their pets.

Specialty items include rhinestone collars, high fashion collar and leash sets, plush pet beds and care products that include the Paul Mitchell (yes, the hair care company) line of pet-friendly shampoos and conditioners. Happy Tails Spa products that include a calming mister spray to relax even the most high-strung animals are offered — she even offers special treats like Buddy biscuits and Pet Kiss, which makes dehydrated popcorn chicken treats.

For the playful pet, the Haught Diggity line of toys, including: “Pawda” and “Pucci” squeak toys, leaves no stone unturned to bring customers the best products for their companions. And if you can’t find what you’re looking for or need another size — just ask.

When asked how she got started, Lewis didn’t flinch. She looked at her 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier-mix, Yoshi, and said, “It’s all his fault.”

The former PG&E project manager of 16 years felt she needed a change and felt her whole life changing when she adopted Yoshi two years ago. “I wanted to work part-time so I could spend more time with him,” she said.

“I know what its like to try and find things for your favorite four-legged, and found myself a little disappointed on spending a lot of money on him for products that I was not thrilled with,” she said. “And then the vision for the store hit me and I realized I could be with him more and make other animals and their humans happy too by offering products that I would have loved to have purchased but weren’t available in stores I went into.”

Lewis also felt that there were other fun things missing in most of the other pet stores she visited.

“Having a dog is great, you get to meet other people, watch your dogs play, and I wanted to create an atmosphere of fun and connection,” she said.

So she has decided to create a calendar of events, with fun monthly get-togethers for people and their pets. November will see a “yappy hour” social event for pets and their people, while December will see a visit from a local pet photographer and a local animal communicator who will offer on-site readings.

If you are starting to plan your holiday shopping and are wondering what to get your furry best friend, take a stroll to Unique Bowtique and have a look around, or better yet, let your pooch come in with you to meet Kathy and Yoshi and pick out his or her own present.