Millions of pets found homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, even earning dogs the nickname pandemic puppies. And similarly, spending on pets trended upward during the pandemic as more households adopted pets that did not own animals previously.
Paws & Pints, a one-stop shop that will provide a destination experience for dogs and owners alike, broke ground on May 20, 2021, at 6218 Willowmere Drive in Des Moines. The 4.5-acre location just south of Water Works Park houses the 33,000-square-foot “ultimate canine retreat.”
“I kind of jokingly say that the love for our beloved (dog) Porter changed the trajectory of our lives,” Kyle said. “We were in corporate America and hated it. After 16 years of it, I had to do something. I was going crazy.”
“We found a dog park bar concept that wasn’t anything super glamorous, but we could quickly tell, ‘Man, this brings things dogs like to do, and their owners have something to do…this place is really onto something,'” Megan said.