West Chester business Salty Paws offers new way to spoil your pet

WEST CHESTER—Want to pamper your pooch?

Salty Paws, an ice cream bar and bakery, designed for hungry, ice cream-loving dogs — and an occasional cat, is the perfect spot to spoil your pet.

Located at 27 W. Gay St., across from the fountain at 44 West, Salty Paws offers several types of scoopable ice cream including, peanut butter, bacon, maple bacon, pumpkin spice and Oreo flavors.

Salty Paws shop owner Suzanne Tretowicz scoops up some ice cream for a couple of doggies. (BILL RETTEW-MEDIANEWS GROUP)

Toppings include, duck, chicken, venison, peanut butter bites, and steak and sweet potato.

“There are so many dogs in West Chester,” shop owner Suzanne Tretowicz said, on Friday, at the ice cream shop that opened Sept. 10. “We see the best side of people because everybody’s happy when they’re spoiling their pets.”

Becky Weick is a West Chester townie and visited the doggie ice cream shop with two dogs, Millie and Shazam, on Friday. The dogs snacked on peanut butter and vanilla ice cream.

There are more treats for dogs than just ice cream at Salty Paws in West Chester. (BILL RETTEW-MEDIANEWS GROUP)There are more treats for dogs than just ice cream at Salty Paws in West Chester. (BILL RETTEW-MEDIANEWS GROUP)

Millie is “food motivated” and Shazam is “particular,” said Weick. Both dogs gobbled up the frozen treats.

“We are a town of dog lovers,” Weick said, “I can’t think of a better idea.

“My dog Shazam is really fussy and loves the peanut butter ice cream.”

Doggie treats at Salty Paws in West Chester. (BILL RETTEW-MEDIANEWS GROUP)Doggie treats at Salty Paws in West Chester. (BILL RETTEW-MEDIANEWS GROUP)

Eighty percent of the ice cream offered is lactose free. Most dogs are lactose intolerant. The other 20 percent available is goat’s milk based.

Tretowicz lives with three dogs and resides in the Lincoln University Area. She is a West Chester regular and visits Ice Line often, where her son plays hockey. She said her dogs love coming to the “doggie candy store.”

The West Chester location is one of three corporate stores, along with a chain of 19 franchise stores.

The first dog ice cream store in the country was established by Tretowicz in Rehoboth Beach five years ago and the second in Annapolis. Salty Paws shops stretch from coast to coast, with a shop opening soon in Laguna Beach.

COVID put a damper on expansion, but interest has started picking up again. There is no license to serve humans, so for the time being, pet owners will just have to watch. Pre-wrapped ice cream might be available for humans next summer.

The ice cream shop hosts many activities, including birthday parties, ice cream socials, specific breed meetups, ”Yappy Hours” and rescue events.

There is even Man vs. Dog ice cream eating contest and a Halloween costume contest.

Dogs are even encouraged to scroll on a phone, tablet or computer and connect with other dogs. They can then invite another pooch on a doggie date, similar to a human date.

The dogs might say, “Let’s meet at Salty Paws, I’ll buy you an ice cream.”

Single dog lovers can also mix and match with other pets and their owners at socials.

The shop is packed with goodies. Spa products and shampoos are big sellers as well as medicine for ear problems and dogs with anxiety-related problems, especially due to thunder. Doggie beer is also on the shelves, as well as non-toxic doggie bubbles.

There are tons of treats and everything can either be consumed at the shop tables or on the floor or by takeout.

For more information, go to www.saltypawsicecream.com or search for “Salty Paws Ice Cream West Chester PA” on Facebook or on Instagram. Call 800-388-8892. The shop is open seven days per week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and open late until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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