As pet parents and pet lovers, Winnie Kwong and Joyce Lee wanted nothing more than the joy of spending time with their furry children.
So they built a business that would allow them to bring their pets to work.
Right in the heart of downtown New Westminster, at 610 Columbia St., Lee and Kwong opened their boutique for pets, BE Pawtique, where pets can come in for grooming, training, playing and general wellness.
The pawtique has been in the works for quite sometime, Kwong told the Record. Finally, on April 14, the business partners opened their doors to a two-level pet boutique.
Upstairs is a grooming facility, where Lee, a professional pet groomer who has moved to Canada from Hong Kong, makes dogs under 70 pounds pretty and picture-perfect.
Underneath the top-notch grooming facility is an “indoor dog park” kind of area, where dogs can socialize, play, train and have fun — sometimes with their parents. The dog play zone is intended for busy parents to come spend quality time with their furry friends in all weather — rain or snow. It is also to give the furry friends a chance to socialize with other furry friends.
As part of their opening promotions, BE Pawtique is offering a free play day at their dog play zone on Sunday, May 7 from noon to 6 p.m..
Due to space constraints, Kwong stressed that the facility is now only welcoming small and medium-sized dogs up to 70 lbs.; however, slightly larger dogs might be welcomed, depending on the space available at any particular time.
While it is drop-in, Kwong advised folks to carry their paw friend’s vaccination records with them, as admission will be provided upon checking. The Rabies vaccine is a must, she said.
In addition to providing grooming services and a play zone, the facility also offers everything to pamper your furry friend — massaging services and, starting June (tentatively), modelling opportunities with their pet portrait service.
The pet parents get a share of the pampering, too, when they accompany their little ones — from a sleeping nook to rest while their pets get groomed to a beverage bar where they can enjoy free coffee and drinks.
The owners encourage donations, as all proceeds go to the animal society.
BE Pawtique is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit their website for more information.