Lower East Side pet owners will soon have two new services in the neighborhood. A pet supplies store is opening in the former kosher bakery space at 363 Grand St. near Essex, and a Chelsea veterinarian office is setting up shop at 241 Eldridge St., just south of Houston.
After the East Broadway Kosher Bakery closed in March, there was a brief attempt to open a bar/restaurant in that space and the one adjacent, which is occupied by Essex Flowers. However, the new tenant confirmed Friday that a store called Pet Island will open in the singular storefont in about two weeks. It will sell pet food and treats as well as supplies such as leashes and collars, he said. The store will not sell animals. Grand Street will be the first Lower East Side location for the small family-owned chain, which opened in Long Island City over the winter. The family also owns the Happy Feet pet store chain, which offers day care and grooming in addition to retail goods.
A few blocks north, a new veterinarian’s office is scheduled to open in August. An outpost of Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital across town, the new vet will be called Lower East Side Animal Hospital. The practice includes a team of six doctors, including one who specializes in homeopathy and chiropractic treatments for furry family members.
The website is still under construction, but it offers a summary of the new office: “A premier, full-service veterinary practice located right in the heart of the Lower East Side. As an AAHA-accredited, client-centered practice, we aim to provide pets and owners in the neighborhood with a truly unrivaled standard of care, just as we have at our sister location, Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, for nearly 15 years.”
Check out the office’s Facebook page for adorable pictures of their clientele and updates on an opening date.