EaDo dogs and their human friends have a relaxed new hangout thanks to an innovative canine bakery that's blurring the lines between coffee shop and pet store.
On the corner of Leeland and St. Emanuel, the recently opened Green Bone was born of a sudden brainstorm in the midst of a doggie-daycare routine.
"Whenever I'd drop my dog at the kennel before work, the next stop was always for coffee," owner J.P. Capistran tells CultureMap. "Why not bring the two things together under the same roof?"
"Whenever I'd drop my dog at the kennel before work, the next stop was always for coffee. Why not bring the two things together under the same roof?"
After returning to Houston following a six-year stint in south Florida, Capistran decided to make the dream a reality catty-corner from the old Meridian club and just blocks from his fellow EaDo pioneers at the 8th Wonder Brewery.
Located in a vintage 1946 building that Swamplot says used to house a one-hour photo shop, the front end of Green Bone maintains a store area featuring collars, clothes and organic dog food. A small coffee bar serves up the lattes while a display case shows off doggie treats made from recipes created by manager Erica Lozano.
"We make almost all of our treats from hemp, which is great for a dog's coat," Capistran notes. "We also avoid using grains, which tend to bother animals susceptible to allergies."
In the coming months, look for treats designed for both doggie and human palates . . . Totally not kidding.
Towards the back of the store and coffee lounge is a daycare area that's been decorated to resemble a dog's most natural habit — the living room.
Decked out with pet-friendly outdoor couches and framed artwork, it's hard to imagine any domesticated canine not feeling at home while his or her human companion is at work. Rather than using run-of-the-mill crates for overnight stays, Green Bone has cozy-looking "lofts" made from recycled lumber.
There's even a flat-screen TV for movies. Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008) was playing during CultureMap's visit, just to give you a sense of what they show.