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The Best Pet Shops, Bakeries, & Holistic Remedies

Pet shopping has moved beyond big-box and mall pet stores.

This article is from 2006's Pet Guide package. The information may be out-of-date, so please call locations listed for new information.

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A.k.a. Spot, 2509 N. Franklin Rd., Arlington, 703-248-0093; 2622 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-248-9119; The new Franklin Road location sells artsy and luxe items for dogs and cats and has a self-serve dog wash. The Wilson Boulevard shop is now a grocery store, with premium food and treats.

Animal Exchange, 605 Hungerford Dr., Rockville; 301-424-7387; In addition to supplies for all types of pets, the shop sells locally raised small mammals and birds. Also boarding and clipping for birds.

The Ark, 601 S. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville; 240-453-0624; Proceeds benefit the Montgomery County Humane Society, which operates the shop.

Barkley Square, 1 Wales Alley, Alexandria; 703-519-7565; Fancy baked treats for dogs and cats, high-end collars and clothing, and spa-style grooming items.

The Big Bad Woof, 117 Carroll St., NW; 202-291-2404; Appealing to the "socially conscious pet," this shop sells fair-trade Kenyan collars and leads, holistic remedies, and reclaimed-fleece beds alongside pet-shop staples.

Booth Feeds, six Virginia locations including Manassas, McLean, Warrenton, and Lorton; Besides cat and dog food and supplies, Booth sells feed for horses, birds, and livestock. Popular with the Great Falls horse community.

Chateau-Animaux, 524 Eighth St., SE; 202-544-8710; Toys, leashes, food, and baked goods for dogs plus supplies for other types of pets.

Crunchies, 2421 Crofton La., Crofton; 301-261-6280; Natural and holistic food and supplements for dogs and cats.

Doggie Style Bakery, 1825 18th St., NW; 202-667-0595; All-natural cookies, cakes, and ice cream are handmade in the kitchen. In the summer, nearby Adams Mill Bar & Grill hosts doggie happy hours with treats from the shop.

Dogma, 2445 N. Harrison St., Arlington; 703-237-5070; Fresh-baked treats daily. Also a boutique.

Dominion Pet Center, 2501 N. Harrison St., Arlington; 703-241-0100. Founded in 1981, it carries supplies and food for all types of pets.

Fetch, 101-A S. St. Asaph St., Alexandria; 703-518-5188; Mostly bakery items along with toys, collars, and other supplies for dogs and cats.

Four Paws Bakery, 125 Mill St., Suite 9, Occoquan; 703-494-3764; All-natural treats for dogs. Uses real meat in its meat treats.

Gardon Pet Center, 1306 E. Gude Dr., Rockville; 301-217-0432; Founded in 1965, Gardon sells a range of supplies and does special orders.

Georgetown Pet Gallery, 3204 O St., NW; 202-333-3174. High-end pet supplies, including bedding, carriers, and collars.

Nature's Nibbles, 703-931-5241; Delivers natural, organic, and raw-diet food and supplements to homes within and up to ten miles outside the Beltway.

Pawticulars, 407 Eighth St., SE; 202-546-7387; Owner Jennifer Zatkowski is knowledgeable about raw diets and nutrition.

Pet Barn, 15759 Columbia Pike, Burtonsville; 301-421-0005. A wide range of supplies and food, including raw diets.

Pet Essentials, 1722 14th St., NW; 202-986-7907; Carries human-grade and organic food and supplements.

Pet Pantry, 4455 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-363-6644. A neighborhood shop with a good knowledge of food and nutrition.

Pet Sage, 2391 S. Dove St., Alexandria; 703-299-5044; Holistic medicine and alternative therapies.

Pet Valu, locations in Maryland and Virginia; Wide selection of staples at low prices. Good deals on rawhide, among other things.

Posh Pooch, 8009 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda; 301-652-1199. Trendy leashes, clothing, travel supplies, and bedding, especially for small dogs.

Pro Feed, 3690-G King St., Alexandria; 703-820-3888. Wide range of food for all animals, from Iams to human-grade organic.

Pro Pet, 10301 Kensington Pkwy., Kensington; 301-946-2268. Recommended for natural and holistic food.

The Reign of Cats & Dogs, 3 N. King St., Leesburg; 703-669-6920; Boutique buys for dogs and cats.

Target, locations in Maryland and Virginia; In addition to standard food and supplies, there is an impressive line of leashes, collars, toys, dishes, and even a doghouse by designer Michael Graves, all at discount-store prices.

Two Paws Up, 15 S. Carroll St., Frederick; 301-660-7704; Features a treat bar and big cat section.

Weber's Pet Supermarket, 11021 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, 703-385-3766; 14508-G Lee Rd., Chantilly, 703-631-2738. Food and supplies for all types of pets.

Wylie Wagg, 11889 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax Corner, 703-830-5454; 5-B E. Washington St., Middleburg, 540-687-8727; Supplies and accessories for dogs and cats, basic to high-end. Also natural food.