Dogs welcome at this small business

Dog friendly shopping at Coastal Magpie in Ocean Springs, MS

When I’m traveling with Henri, I love nothing more than stumbling upon a local dog-friendly shop that welcomes us with Southern hospitality and tempts us with unique finds. Souvenirs you can wear, display, or consume are a constant reminder of memories made and adventures had. These treasures adorn my walls, my feet, my garden, my bar, and my girl friend’s Christmas tree, and they are cherished reminders of my stories.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, and because you should always be shopping and eating local when you travel, here are some of my favorite dog friendly shops across the Southeast.

Dog Friendly Small Businesses

Coastal Magpie

Magpies are known for their bold personalities, intelligence, and proclivity to collect shiny things. It’s the perfect namesake for this Ocean Springs, MS shop where everything you see- from the antique furniture to the local art displayed on it- is for sale. Coastal Magpie welcomes dogs with water at the front door and treats from behind the counter, and now is an especially great time to visit.

The Ocean Springs Holiday Open House is the first weekend of December and local businesses will be offering refreshments, specials, and beautiful decorations. This is the exact time that Henri and I visited four years ago, and it’s how I fell in love with this town.

The Tin Shed

Located in downtown Apalachicola, FL is the Tin Shed. Here, you’ll discover everything from a basket of shells with a napping shop cat to ship wheels. I plucked a piece of metal fencing with mermaid finials right off a vine covered garden gate. There are treasures in every nook and cranny, both inside and out. If you adopt the slow pace of the dog friendly Forgotten Coast, you shouldn’t miss a thing.

Mermaid finials garden gate

Hiding in the ivy at Tin Shed


The Studio Gallery

If you’re looking for a dog friendly beach town, then Grayton Beach, FL is it. With an unofficial motto of “nice dogs, strange people,” you’ll discover your pooch is welcome in most places. Studio Gallery is no exception, and it’s where I finally learned the story of their motto and the Dogs of Grayton mural. You’ll find both the studio and the mural at The Shops of Grayton. Inside the quaint yellow cottage is 1400 square feet of space showcasing artwork, jewelry, and home decor created by artists from the around the Southeast. On the first Thursday of December, they’ll be hosting their Christmas open house.

Tippy Toes

For my 46th birthday, I decided I wanted to wake up on the beach. Not in a beach house, but ON the beach. Port Aransas, TX was the place I chose for our dog friendly beach camping adventure. It’s also where I discovered Tippy Toes, an island shop specializing in custom fitted toe rings. Your well behaved pooch is welcome to lay next to you while you are fitted, or if you’d like to order online, their fit guide will tell you how to measure and guess-timate your size.

Bow ties for dogs

Holiday bow tie collars for dogs at Noddy in Charleston, SC


Strolling the streets of Charleston, SC with Henri, I happened by a shop with an open door, a water bowl at the entrance, and a display of bow tie collars for dogs. You might think I’m describing a pet accessory shop, but I’m not. Noddy is a southern goods store featuring items for men, women, and their best furry friends. You’ll find everything from classic jewelry to humorous home goods, and leaving without picking up a little something for somebody is nearly impossible.

Shop Small, Shop Dog Friendly

No matter where you live, I hope you’ll choose to support small businesses this holiday season (and beyond). I’ve personally shopped and purchased from each of the places on this list, and if you follow the links in this post, you can do that from the comfort of your own home. You’ll be supporting local small businesses, American and Southern artists, and dog friendly establishments. What more could you want?