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Bark Place listed in the Daily Candy’s Weekend Guide

Muddy Paws for a Cause
What: You spring-cleaned the house, now tackle your messy mongrel during a weeklong wash-a-thon benefiting the pooches at MSPCA-Angell ($20).
Why: Fido’s got a winter’s worth of filth.
When: (event is over)
Where: Bark Place, 1721 Washington St., South End (857-362-7494).

Bark Place was featured on New England Cable News

DailyCandy on NECN: How to start celebrating the holidays

Improper Bostonian magazine featuring the Bessie & Barnie dog bed for sale at Bark Place along with Mr. Duval!

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Would you like a squeaky toy with that? Pet owners serve up home-cooked meals
By Tenley Woodman Wednesday, November 9, 2011

… Bob Molloy, 56, co-owner of doggie specialty store Bark Place in the South End, has sworn by home-cooked food for nearly 20 years. “I want to feed my dogs good-quality food. They are my family, that is how I treat them,” said Molloy, who breeds Norwegian elkhounds. “One of the few things you control with a dog is what you feed them.” [Read full article or view video below]

Offering creature comforts in the South End
By Cindy Atoji Keene – June 19, 2011


Kathi Molloy lets Tank try out a paw cooling pad at Bark Place, the dog wash…
(Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)

Boston’s South End has a dog park, doggie bakery, dog walking services, and doggie day cares. Kathi Molloy figured it was the ideal spot for a dog wash.

Dirty Dogs are a Big Pet Peeve
By Cindy Atoji Keene – June 14, 2011

Boston’s South End has become an epicenter for all things canine. With a seemingly higher dog density than any other quarter of the city, there’s the quintessential dog park, of course, as well as a doggie bakery, numerous pet sitting and dog walking services, and doggie daycares. “There’s such a great dog population here, that it was an ideal place for a dog spa,” said Kathi Molloy, proprietor of Bark Place, a DIY dog wash and pet boutique. Molloy’s personal experience revolves around showing and breeding Norwegian Elkhounds, a hardy breed with a hard and coarse coat that requires regular brushing, and when displaying them at dog shows, frequent bathing. Read the rest of the story here….


Can Bark Place’s DIY Dog Wash Deskunk a Beloved Chocolate Lab?
by A. J. Downey – April 2011

Last month, my chocolate Labrador had a little encounter with Boston’s most potent skunk. (Note: This blog post also doubles as a formal apology to any and all Southie residents around I St. and Day Blvd. area, where the stench definitely lingered for at least 36 hours. (Sorry, everyone.)) So, when I heard about Bark Place’s DIY dog wash a few weeks later, I could think of no better subject than my curious (and curiously rank) pup, Ellie. Click through the slideshow for a tour of the South End facility, and find out if their vanilla-and-blueberry facial worked out the Pepe Le Pew perfume from her fur:

My Southend News

January 2011

warm pawsMariann Bucina, Executive Director of Friends of Boston’s Homeless joined Kathi Molloy, owner of Bark Place South End, at the Woods Mullen Homeless Shelter in the South End on Friday January 21st. The Albany Street shelter serves over 250 guests a day and since November Bark Place has been collecting warm gloves, hats, scarves and winter clothing for the shelter’s residents as part of their Warm Paws, Warm Hearts drive, an extension of the Warm HANDS, Warm Hearts drive started by Friends of Boston’s Homeless. For more information on making donations, please visit: or call Bark Place at 857-362-7494.


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Bark Place was featured on Trendsetter – January 2011
In this week’s ‘Trendsetter’ Heloise Borden visits Bark Place in the South End with her puppy, Fenway, for some tips on pampering your pooch.


To Bark Up The Right Tree 01/06/11
Boston pet store also serves as a place for grooming and for daycare. See full article here.

Herald_12.28.30Boston Herald

Bark Place in the Boston Herald 12/28/10
The Healthy New Year edition featured our Healthy Hounds Informational Seminars. See full page here.

Pet AgeExcerpts from the November 2010 article in PetAge Magazine

Spa Menu Options

Massage Therapy
Massage therapy for pets, an increasingly popular service, offers many practical benefits. For example, it can improve muscle tone, enhance joint flexibility, improve blood circulation and reduce pain associated with hip dysplasia and arthritis. A complete body massage, including shoulders, legs and joints, can be especially beneficial for older dogs, according to Kathi Molloy, co-owner of Bark Place of Boston.

Eco FriendlyGreen Materials
At Bark Place in Boston’s South End, co-owner Kathi Molloy and her husband incorporated a number of earth-friendly elements – eco-friendly flooring made from recycled rubber, reclaimed furniture that was in excellent condition and reclaimed commercial-grade lighting, purchased from a company that was going out of business. “It was less expensive, and was perfect for our purposes. We just painted it,” Molloy said.

These choices made sense for Bark Place because of its location in an eco-conscious, walkable neighborhood – and because of its commitment to using all-natural shampoos and other products. “We’re all about green, eco-friendly and all-natural,” Molloy said.

My Southend News

Fight the Cold for Boston’s homeless
by Kate Vander Wiede Contributor
Tuesday Nov 2, 2010

Fight the Cold for Boston’s homeless by Kate Vander Wiede Contributor Tuesday Nov 2, 2010 Bark Place’s dog model shows off new winter digs at the boutique. Customers can get $5 when they donate cold-weather items to the store between November 1 and December 20. All clothes will be donated to the South End’s Woods Mullen Shelter.Bark Place’s dog model shows off new winter digs at the boutique. (Source: Randy Gross) According to the 2008-2009 Homelessness in the City of Boston report, over 7000 homeless men, women and children in Boston call on the services of local shelters each year. In the winter, those services become even more important. Sometimes facing zero degree temperatures for days on end, the homeless population is one of the most vulnerable in the city. And each year, homeless individuals die on the street because of low temperatures and improper outwear. It’s a problem that Friends of Boston’s Homeless (FOBH), as well as many other shelters, is addressing with their Bark Place’s dog model shows off new winter digs at the boutique. (Source: Randy Gross)

According to the 2008-2009 Homelessness in the City of Boston report, over 7000 homeless men, women and children in Boston call on the services of local shelters each year. In the winter, those services become even more important.

Sometimes facing zero degree temperatures for days on end, the homeless population is one of the most vulnerable in the city. And each year, homeless individuals die on the street because of low temperatures and improper outwear.

It’s a problem that Friends of Boston’s Homeless (FOBH), as well as many other shelters, is addressing with their “Warm Hands, Warm Hearts,” program. A cold-weather clothing drive that benefits the South End’s emergency shelter, Woods Mullen Shelter and the Long Island Shelter in Boston Harbor, the drive is calling for gently-worn or new gloves, scarves, hats, jackets, sweaters, scarves and socks.

“The Woods Mullen Shelter serves, in part, chronically homeless people,” said FOBH executive director Mariann Bucina Roca of the shelter that serves 800 people a day. “People that, if they aren’t coming into a shelter, are out on the street. In the winter, no one wants to be in that situation.”

One South End dog boutique doing their part to help is putting a unique spin on the drive. Dubbed ’Warm Paws, Warm Heart,” Bark Place (1721 Washington Street) will be opening their store to donations from November 1 to December 20. All items will go to the Woods Mullen Shelter.

“It’s something we feel strongly about, giving back to the community,” said Bark Place owner Kathi Molloy in a phone interview.

The idea behind the campaign is to ask for small items that have a big effect.

“For a little amount of money or time, you can really have a big impact on the health, safety and well-being of the homeless in the winter months,” Bucina Roca explained.

From big corporations to grammar schools, people around the city will be donating these winter goods. Yet even with so many participants, Bucina Roca said the two shelters still run out of one item every year – socks.

“If you think about all those people who need those items, you’re talking about a lot of stuff,” she said. The organization usually ends up purchasing many extra pairs.

As an extra incentive to donate, Bark Place is offering a $5 discount on any of their winter apparel for dogs. Molloy said their winter selection was plentiful – with ski parkas, winter coats, vests, scarves, and most importantly – boots. It seems that, like humans, dogs have foot sensitivity during the winter too, from the salt on the sidewalks used to melt the snow.

“It burns their paws,” Molloy said. “If you watch a dog walk down the street and walk through it, you’ll literally see them dancing.”

Bark Place will also be selling dog-friendly sidewalk salts throughout the winter.

The way you can help the homeless doesn’t end there, as the South End is full of shelters that need your help.

FOBH is also selling $1 holiday cards, created by Boston-based artist ’Sidewalk Sam,’ who sits on the organization’s board. At Project Place and Pine Street Inn (PSI), two more South End homeless shelters, holiday cards are also available for purchase.

Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in the South End, accepts clothing all year round, but is calling for certain items at this time: plus-sized winter coats, scarves, hats and gloves; coffee and hot chocolate, as well as mugs for their dining room; and gift cards that the women they serve can use to buy their older children presents.

For a more hands-on way to participate, the PSI is also hosting their 4th annual Knit-a-thon on Sunday, November 7, 2010. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the State House, knitters will patch together squares into blankets, which will be given as housewarming gifts to PSI guests moving into their own residences.

The Knit-a-thon was born in 2007, when PSI council member Farley Sullivan struck up a friendship with a homeless man, Arthur, who she eventually helped find housing at the shelter. Raising $20,000 and creating 40 afghans in 2009, PSI is hoping to up the ante this year by creating 100 afghans and raising $50,000.

So whether you’re hands on or hands off, there are many ways you can help the homeless population of Boston survive and thrive through this year’s winter.

To find out more about Friends of Boston’s Homeless, see To find out more about volunteer opportunities visit, call Mariann Bucina Roca at (617) 534-6148 or email her at

To help at the Pine Street Inn visit or call 617.892.9186. Find out how you can participate in Pine Street Inn’s Knit-a-thon here or by contacting Eric Prileson at

You can also contact Project Place if you are interested in volunteering: Marcie Laden, Director of Development, 617.542.3740, You can donate through the mail (Development Office, Project Place, 1145 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118) as well as online. Also on their website, you can find other ways to help, such as shopping locally and buying greeting cards.

Haley House also serves the homeless, and is always accepting donations of funds and materials. On their website you can donate funds and find out what items are in need. You can call Haley House at 617-236-8132 to set up a drop-off time. Financial donations are also accepted through the mail at Haley House, 23 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA 02116.

Boston Magazine
Bark Place was just voted “Pick of the Litter!”
Our PlayCare Studio won Pick of the Litter by Boston Magazine. “Pets Rule, The Ruff Guide!”

Best of the New: Hangouts and Hot SpotsBoston Globe – Best of the New: Hangouts and Hot Spots
(Erik Jacobs for the Boston Globe)

Bark Place
Think of this South End doggie spa/urban day-care center as a cross between Romper Room and Canyon Ranch for the four-legged set. Offerings for pups include play groups divided by size and temperament, etiquette lessons, fitness sessions, and spa services. Birthday party packages are available, too. Woof! 1721 Washington Street, Boston, 857-362-7494,

Chronicle – Friday, January 29

Best of the New 2010

Every January the folks at the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine make their picks for the best new arrivals in Greater Boston: intriguing people, fresh ideas, great hangouts and out of the ordinary places to grab a bite. And every year they give us a sneak peak before the newspaper hits your driveway – or screen. So join us tonight and make yourself a to-do list for 2010.

Show Resources: Boston Globe Sunday Magazine’s Best of the New 2010

Bark Place Dog Spa
1721 Washington Street Boston, MA

MSPCA Dirty Bow Wow Fundraiser

Logan and his owner Andrea were featured in Boston Sunday Herald page 2, with a caption “Logan’s Fun.”

Fox News filmed several dogs getting washed – all for a good cause.

Brian, from MSPCA, giving an interview to Fox News.

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BOSTON | May 5, 2009
Groom with a View
Bark Place DIY Dog Washing

The last time Puppy went to the groomer, he came out looking like your mom circa 1985 (hot pink nails and a rhinestone bandanna).

Take matters into your own hands with the DIY washing stations at recently opened Bark Place in the South End.

Dogs step into elevated tubs while you tie on a waterproof apron and choose from a selection of natural shampoos and conditioners. Brushes, towels, dryers, and a heavenly scented finishing spray are provided (bonding time with your buddy is a bonus).

Professionals can handle the cringe-inducing services (nail clipping, teeth brushing) or do it all while you shop the boutique and scan the all-day doggy PlayCare and training schedules.

Ensuring your baby looks bedazzling.

Bark Place, 1721 Washington Street (857-362-7494 or

The Boston Courant

The Boston Courant
March 20, 2009

by Jeb Bobseine
Courant News Writer
A flurry of South End businesses have opened their doors, or soon will, in 2009, belying the popular wisdom that a recession is a bad time to start a commercial venture.

Doing business in a rough economy can be daunting, at times, conceded Kent Newton, a hair stylist who opened a salon at 1315 Washington Street in January.

“Of course everyone is concerned… [But] I have a very loyal clientele, and everybody’s found me,” said Newton, who opened his salon after 10 years at Mario Russo in the Back Bay.

“People are still getting their hair done. They might be stretching it out a little longer. – [But] it’s going great,” Newton said.

When Newton moved forward with his plan to start his own place last June, he did not see the downturn on the horizon. “There was no way you could have predicted [the recession],” Newton said, but now that he has opened his salon, he is living with that decision.

“What are you going to do?” he said. “You just keep plugging away.”

Like Newton, Kathi Molloy and her husband began planning to open Bark Place more than a year ago, when the economy seemed to be in better shape. “We planned this a year ago,” Molloy said of the soon-to-open spa and boutique for dogs, which will be located in Minot Hall, at 1721 Washington Street. “We are very excited, and we’re looking forward to being here,” she said.

However, Molloy is already thinking of offering deals to entice customers. These may be “special products” or “special prices,” she explained. “We’re going to do as much [of that] as we can.”

Bark Place is scheduled to open next month.

A half-mile away, Stephanie Sokolove recently opened Stephi’s on Tremont, a restaurant at 571 Tremont Street. According to Sokolove, she has no special plans to combat the recession’s effect on the restaurant business, “other than praying to the gods.”
She predicted the restaurant’s bar would draw consumers who, in these tough times, simply want a drink.

“We’re going to do what we do and do it well,” Sokolove said, who also owns Stephanie’s on Newbury in the Back Bay.
CVS Pharmacy has a similar outlook for their newest store planned for the neighborhood, at 285 Columbus Avenue. The company recently obtained signage District Commission.

“We’re not recession-proof,” said CVS spokesperson Mike DeAngelis. “We’re recession-resistant, to a degree.”

Most transactions at CVS are for essential items, or relatively cheap items, he explained. The average transaction is $12. However, DeAngelis stressed the company is not immune to the recession’s effects.

Last year, CVS opened 320 new stores “across all markets,” he said. This year, that number is down slightly, between 250 and 300. However, that is still “in the realm,” he said.

The Columbus Avenue CVS is scheduled to open by this summer.

Asian grocery store C-Mart, with three locations already in the city, opened a location at 50 Herald Street on January 24.

Reggie Wong, a consultant to C-Mart on the project, said despite the weak economy, C-Mart owners felt the time was right to expand into the area.

“In spite of the economy, it was a good opportunity to establish a market in the lower Washington Street area of the South End, where there was a good customer base of mixed ethnicity,” Wong said. “Also, many of the Asian shoppers at the 692 Washington Street location were walking customers from the South End, so this was an added convenience for them.”

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Article by Jeb Bobseine from the Courant