excelsior and Grand

Halloween is in the air!

dog halloween party, minneapolis, mn The past 2 weeks, I have been working hard to get everything lined up for our 5th annual Woof 'n Treat dog Halloween party which will be outside Bubbly Paws Dog Wash!  Each year it keeps getting bigger and better and this year will be no different.  I think back to the first year that we had the party at Pampered Pooch Playground, our doggy daycare because it was the first real event that we had!  We learned a few things and then made it even better and more fun for customers and dogs each year.  Last year was the first time we had the doggy party at Excelsior and Grand and it was a huge hit!!.  All of the businesses in the area were so impressed with how well it ran, that everyone wanted to be part of it this year!  Earlier this week, I had a great meeting with all the business owners and managers from the area and everyone is VERY excited for the event.  This year the event benefits Homeward Bound Rescue.  You can see all the details on the Woof 'n Treat website and facebook page.

Below are just a few things that will happen this year.

- Local Beer tasting

- Hay rides (for dogs and people)

- DJ

- Amy James from K102 hosting the costume contest

- And so much more!!

If you have any ideas or suggestions, just let us know!



KARE 11 - Toys for Tots Drop Off

Bubbly Paws Dog Wash and the rest of the stores at Excelsior and Grand stopped out to KARE 11 and dropped off a bunch of toys for Toys for Tots!  Don't blink, or you will miss it!! Keith's jacket (the green arm on the left of the screen) is the only part of the Bubbly Paws family that was shown. We think his jacket is pretty cool :)

First time at Bubbly Paws

self service dog wash in minneapolisThis weekend Trycia's family was in town and this was their first trip to Bubbly Paws Dog Wash!  They were really excited to see how it turned out and how much fun it is!  They really loved meeting all of the dogs that we in getting a bath! After the trip to Bubbly Paws, we took a short stroll down the street and stopped at Starbucks.. To say that they LOVE Starbucks would be an understatement.  Now before you start yelling, all the drinks were caffeine free!

Trycia's mom was really impressed with the city of Minneapolis and how dog friendly it is!!  Maybe they can help convert their city in Wisconsin to a super dog friendly city!!

On a side note... Thanks to the whole staff at the Excelsior and Grand Starbucks.. They are the friendliest crew in the business, and know how to keep us going!!

Fun day at the dog wash

sonja at the dog washWhat a fun day at Bubbly Paws Dog Wash today!  The day started when I walked in to Sonja (in the picture) getting a self service bath!  She is one of the dogs that comes to daycare, and it was great to see her getting all nice and clean!  Then the fun of the Excelsior and Grand block party started! Lots and lots of people came out to see the fun.  We had a bunch of dogs available for adoption from Metropolitan Mutts and Becky from Lucky Mutt Photography was there snapping lots of pictures.  What a great day and there were so many happy dogs :)


Lots of changes at Excelsior and Grand

Many of you might have noticed all the changes coming to Excelsior and Grand in St Louis Park and we are very excited to be part of it. Minneapolis St Paul Magazine did a great story on all of the changes, and guess who is mentioned???  Bubbly Paws.  Hang tight, we are just a few weeks away from opening!  


Coming to Excelsior & Grand…

January 19th, 2011 by Allison Kaplan

Got a sneak peek of Max’s new space at  Excelsior & Grand in St. Louis Park – just across the parkway from the current store. I think it’s going to be a good move for this under appreciated luxe gift gallery, which specializes in jewelry, art and chocolate (trifecta!). The new space is wider and will allow for more display room. Max’s is scheduled to be closed for about a week and reopen in the new spot Feb. 5.

All’s well that ends well, but the truth is, this move was not owner Ellen Hertz’s idea. Excelsior & Grand is moving her to make room for CVS in the anchor spot that fronts Excelsior Boulevard, previously home to a couple of ill-fated restaurants. CVS. Sigh. On the positive side, it could bring some neighborhood traffic to this shopping district, which has struggled to fill vacancies and draw a crowd, despite the good location and bustling Trader Joe’s. Max’s has been one of the few shining stars – thanks to Hertz’s tireless promotional efforts and stellar merchandise. The biggest bummer about CVS, besides not exactly raising Excelsior & Grand’s profile as a shopping destination, is the waste of patio space. I ate at Laredo’s, not because the food was good (how do you screw up guacamole?), but because it was so lovely to sit outside on the wide stretch of sidewalk, near grass and a fountain. I hope they at least add some tables and benches – the place could use some loitering.

At least the spaces are filling. Also opening at Excelsior & Grand in February: Bubbly Paws, a self-serve dog wash and full-service dog spa form the owners of Pampered Pooch Playground and Get In Shape For Women, offering small group personal training (it’s new to Minnesota).And in March comes Oil & Vinegar, selling cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Customers will be able to make custom blends and take cooking classes.


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