Pampered pet roundup: Barkefellers sniffs out Avon

October 17, 2012
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Barkefellers IndianapolisThe popular Barkefellers pet hotel and spa on the south side plans to build a complex offering boarding, grooming, training and canine massage near Avon. Local owners Rick and Christi Coffey filed plans to build the 28,500-square-foot facility southeast of Rockville and Country Club roads, about two miles west of Interstate 465. The Barkefellers along Madison Avenue just north of County Line Road is known for pet pampering: The 21,000-square-foot building includes indoor/outdoor pet suites with private patios, multilevel cat condos and luxury suites offering Animal Planet programming and pet cams. It also has a natural outdoor play area and a one-acre play park complete with Astroturf. The Coffeys hope to open the new location in May 2013, coinciding with the fourth anniversary of the grand opening of their first Barkefellers.

In other pet news:

  • Pierson Bark Park, a seven-acre canine country club in Fishers, is adding a boarding facility with 15 dog suites. The privately owned park, carved from a farm field in 2005 by Heather and Andy Pierson, has 350 dogs as members who can play fetch with their owners, take walks around a brick path, swim in a pond or sun themselves in a "small or elderly dog area." The new boarding facility, fashioned out of a single-family home, is set to open in late October.
  • Canine Cloud Nine, a gourmet dog bakery and grooming salon founded by local entrepreneur Sean Litke, has opened in Sophia Square at Main Street and the Monon Trail in Carmel. The shop offers Indiana-made treats with natural and organic ingredients, professional grooming, celebratory doggie-dye for holidays or special occasions, and even a self-wash room so owners can bond with their pups over a bath. A dog Halloween contest scheduled for Oct. 27 will benefit the Humane Society of Hamilton County.
  • Identity
    I don't know that I would classify Country Club and Rockville as Avon area. This is generally west Indy. It is good to see the area south of Kroger have some interest. It will be ashame to see another large box building with so much parking though.
  • Avon vs. Indianapolis
    The new facility will have an Indianapolis address, but I used "Avon area" as a general description because of its proximity (about a mile) to Avon. I will change to "near Avon" to be more precise.
    • don't have a pet
      while I currently do not have a pet I like the idea of having something like this in the vicinity. And it sounds to me like there will be more than a big box and parking.If and when I have a pet again it will be something to consider using.
    • Thanks.
      No worries. I just figure properties in Indianapolis should receive identification as being in Indy. Surrounding communities get enough attention.
    • Should have done his research
      Rick should have done his homework before deciding on that location. There is already a great, local dog daycare & boarding center on the west side. At the corner of Rockville Rd & Girls School Rd is Puppy Playground!
    • Nordstrom space
      I heard and have not have it confirmed that Simon is putting in a regional Goodwill store in the former Nordstrom space. Wow. Finally a new tenant. In a few weeks there may or may not be an announcement. This comment is not true, but at least I am addressing the issue of prime retail on Meridian. Come on Simon tells us some good news.
    • Not a Goodwill!
      Goodwill is not a tax paying entity. I would hope DT could do better than this.
    • Another great facility
      Another great facility on the west side is Camp Bow Wow Indianapolis on West Raymond Street. You will not find a better deal or nicer people anywhere else when it comes to taking care of your dog. My dog has special health needs and they always take great care of him. I wouldn't trust anyone else with my baby.
    • Avon
      Many business in that area choose to identify as Avon. If you go to their web sites, Outback, City BBQ, etc. it says Avon

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