Doggie business is becoming big business, especially in large urban markets where the apartment market is raging hot. In Manhattan, The Spot Experience describes itself as New York's premier and fastest-growing dog services provider. Founded by a former NFL player and hedge fund manager, Mitch Marrow, the company offers pet amenities to 30 residential buildings in Manhattan and just announced it is partnering with Gateway, a residential complex in lower Manhattan. According to the press release:
"The dog amenity program provides Gateway residents with a complimentary Spot membership along with exclusive discounted services and priority access to the highest level of daycare, cage-free overnights, dog walking, transportation, grooming and training services at Spot locations in New York City. Spot also provides a designated shuttle service, which includes highly trained dog handlers for pick-up and drop-off of pets."
"Our dog concierge program continues to grow at lightning speed," says Morrow in the release.
Charges vary building to building, depending on the level of services, and those services are getting ever more creative. From dog washing stations to pet "spas," from "Yappy Hours" to free swim for dogs in the pool, a "paw-dicure" is becoming paw-r for the course.
Just today Fisher Brothers, a New York-based commercial and residential development and property management company, announced the groundbreaking for a new, Class A apartment complex on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. On the list of amenities, in between the business center and the rooftop pool deck, it boasts that residents, all residents, may enjoy the "Interior Pet Spa with exterior dog walk."
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