In the early morning hours of July 7, 2010, a drunk driver crashed into Petdaddy, a self-serve dog wash and dog boutique located at 301 NE 65th St, across the street from Latona Pub. (Read about the crash here.)
The next day, the following note appeared on the shop’s website:
Unfortunately we will be tempoarily closed due to a car crashing into our store Weds morning. Our construction engineers are doing their best to make it safe for our customers to enter the store. The earliest we are looking at to open will be next Weds or Thursday. We appreciate your patience and will do our best to get you a grooming appointment right away.
However, after several days, Petdaddy was still closed. Calls to the shop resulted in a message that indicated that the line’s voicemail box was full.
Weeks passed. The shop remained closed, although notice that it would reopen remained on the website and in the shop’s windows. The phone line, however, was disconnected.
In September, a “For Lease” sign went up in the window.
I reached the store’s owner, Jennifer-Ann Held Rivera, over facebook in September. At that time, it sounded as though there may be some hope of Petdaddy reopening. “I wish I could give everyone more details,” Jennifer-Ann wrote, “but I cannot at this point. I do miss everyone in the Green Lake area.”
And, Green Lake missed her. Petdaddy’s facebook page is flooded with messages of support, as well as hopeful inquiries about the future of the store.
Here at My Green Lake, we have received many requests for information about if, and when, the store will reopen. Unfortunately, I have not heard from Jennifer since September, although I have tried to reach her several times.
Yesterday, I called the number listed on the “For Lease” sign. I spoke with Costas Nick, a real estate broker and landlord. Nick confirmed what many Green Lake dog owners have feared: Pet Daddy will not be reopening.
Nick says the the space is available for lease for $2800/month. 1,700 square feet of retail space and 600 square feet of basement dry storage is available. He is open to “any type of business” leasing the space.
What about the damage done to the building by the drunk driver in July? “It’s been fixed,” Nick says, “and it’s better than it was before.”
Interested in leasing the space? You can reach Costas Nick at 206-650-3717.
Historical footnote: This space was once occupied by a grocery store and deli. In 1941, a truck carrying a load of sawdust crashed through the shop’s corner doors in an incident very reminiscent of July’s crash (Source: Seattle Times, Nov. 26, 1941).
The grocery store in 1956: