• The Detroit News

    PET PAMPERING POPPIN'

    2-month-old animal gift shop doing doggone good in Detroit's Eastern Market 
    by: Neal Rubin @ The Detroit News. July 29, 2013
    "Everything in Detroit these days is framed by the big ol’ bankruptcy. Even Oscar, and he’s a dog. Oscar, a pug mix, padded into 3 Dogs 1 Cat 4 Detroit Urban Pet Shoppe early Friday afternoon with his owner, Jesse Cory.
    3 Dogs 1 Cat sits in a former warehouse at Riopelle and Winder in Eastern Market that had been unoccupied for 25 years. It’s been open for not quite three months, and if you didn’t notice that all the merchandise seemed geared for customers with four legs, you’d think it was an exceptionally cool gift store.
    Cory, 36, also has a business in Eastern Market, and furthermore, he lives there. He moved his Inner State Gallery from Royal Oak to 1410 Gratiot because it’s cheaper there and niftier and it seemed like the place to be.
    That was before an emergency manager opened the books in Detroit and turned to Chapter 9. But the fact is, people have moved, are moving and will move to places like downtown, Corktown and Midtown. Many of those people own dogs and cats, and dogs and cats like to eat and chew on stuff.
    Bankruptcy is macro. Oscar is micro. People — and pets — still need to live their lives, no matter how purple-faced the various bondholders get when they realize they bet on a lame horse and it couldn’t win the Kentucky Derby.
    So 3 Dogs 1 Cat is doing nicely, the owners say, and Cory is delighted to have it in the neighborhood.
    It used to be that he had to drive to Seven Mile and Livernois to spoil Oscar, who’s small and dark and adorable. “I don’t think I would have imagined that a place like this could ever work here,” he said.
    Sisters Tammy Eugenio, 46, and Trisha Stander, 49, along with partner Rita Nelson, 53, imagined otherwise. They live in the Grosse Pointes, they love Eastern Market and they adore animals.
    3 Dogs 1 Cat refers to the number they had between them when they opened. Sad to say, the cat has since died, but they’ve added two more dogs.
    They’re open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, grooming their hours to fit the ebb and flow of the area. If you’d like to call ahead, it’s (313) 285-8371.
    “We tried to stay true to Eastern Market,” said Eugenio, who was wearing a T-shirt that read “Detroit Hustles Harder.” “We kept things as raw as we could.”
    There’s lots of exposed brick and hanging duct work. Put in a kitchen and you could live there.
    Oscar could live there now. He found a small stuffed football and was trotting across the cement slab floor with it as Cory paid for $64.11 worth of other toys.
    “I guess we’re taking that, too,” Cory said. Stander didn’t charge him for it, but at 3 Dogs 1 Cat, the economy was doing fine."
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