(Patrick D. Rosso/Boston.com/2013)
Dorchester Avenue welcomed its newest business to the neighborhood over the weekend as The Modern Dog Boston swung open the doors to its new home across from the St. Mark’s Church.
Owned and operated by Dorchester native Charles Maneikis, the business at 1720 Dorchester Ave. provides a one-stop shop for dog owners looking for the latest in all-natural dog food, a professional dog walker, or just a place to hose down Fido.
It features three do-it-yourself wash tubs, in addition to basic grooming services provided by employees. Maneikis said he wanted to provide residents with a convenient location with all the necessities for having a healthy and happy pet.
“When we were looking for a location we knew we wanted to stay in the community,” said Maneikis. “We looked at spaces in Quincy and in Lower Mills, but settled here. We love the space.”
The business was born out of a dog-walking business Maneikis started in 2009. He said it’s the personal touch that made him successful.
“I wanted to make sure all my clients knew who was walking their dogs and really provide that personal touch,” said Maneikis. “I don’t cut corners, and everything I do is about that connection.”
For the 26-year-old who grew up in the Neponset area of Dorchester and graduated from Stonehill College in 2009, the brick and mortar storefront is his first real foray into the small-business world, but he said he has learned a lot from his dog-walking business.
“There’s really a lot that goes into a store, even on the small scale,” he said. “I actually wanted to open the store earlier, but I think it was good it took awhile. I’ve learned a lot.”
Although the store has only been open for a few days, Maneikis said he is already thinking about its future. Eventually, he’d like to hire a full-time professional groomer, in addition to offering classes for dog owners covering everything from proper pet nutrition to first aid.
The store is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday hours are expected to be added in the future.