2008-05-31 / Top News

Sticky Paws Doggie Boutique Provides Unique Gifts for Pets

By Caitlyn Kienitz

Sticky Paws owners Kim and Dave Texeira, with their English golden retriever, Midas, stand in front of the store's organic treats and Mackinac Island-themed pet items. The Texeiras recently made a permanent move to the Island to open the store. Sticky Paws owners Kim and Dave Texeira, with their English golden retriever, Midas, stand in front of the store's organic treats and Mackinac Island-themed pet items. The Texeiras recently made a permanent move to the Island to open the store. Visitors of the furry, fourlegged kind now have a specialty store of their own on Mackinac Island. Sticky Paws, a store "for pets and their parents," opened up shop on the Island May 1.

The store is on Hoban Street next to the Village Inn.

Owners Dave and Kim Texeira, along with their dog, Midas, recently made a permanent move to the Island. The Texeiras, originally of Novi, also own health clubs in the metro Detroit area, and said that Sticky Paws is more like a hobby to them.

"We're passionate about animals," said Mr. Texeira.

The couple stocks the shelves with a wide variety of unusual items that can't be found at pet store chains, as well as items that are specific to Mackinac Island. One of their best-sellers so far is boxes of Mr. B's Bones - natural, organic dog treats baked right on Mackinac Island. Their other treats include yogurtcovered dog biscuits in various shapes, including beach and horse-themed creations, and organic frozen yogurt for dogs.

While most of their products are for dogs, the Texeiras keep some items for cat lovers, such as toys and picture frames, in stock, as well.

Midas, the Texeiras' sixmonth old English golden retriever, often steals the show at Sticky Paws.

"He's a rock star on the Island!" said Mr. Texeira, adding that Midas is a great salesman. "People come in just to see him, and end up buying something."

Mr. Texeira has only lived in Michigan for about four years, but Mrs. Texeira has been a Michigan resident all of her life. When the pair first started coming to Mackinac Island, they noticed that many people brought their pets with them on their Island vacations.

"We've been coming here for awhile and we used to bring our dog when we came," he said. "We wondered why in the world there isn't a store for dogs and cats on the Island."

With Sticky Paws, the Texeiras are trying to fill that niche, and by their account, it's working.

"We've gotten very positive reactions from the community," said Mrs. Texeira. "We've had a lot of traffic, very brisk business."

"Our biggest fear is running out of stuff," joked Mr. Texeira.

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