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Love fashion and furry friends? Learn about a local consignment shop where you can support the United Coalition for Animals with each frugal fashionable find.

Wags to Riches
Wags to Riches is a Blue Ash-based consignment shop that donates a portion of proceeds to the United Coalition for Animals.

If you’re an animal loving fashionista with Pinterest-worthy home decor, listen up. There’s a consignment shop in Blue Ash that’s made just for you.

Carolyn Martinez, manager of Wags to Riches, a high end, non-profit consignment shop says the store is “a fun place to be.” They’ve created a customer service focused retail experience for their shoppers. “You walk in and immediately feel welcome, your eyes do a quick spot check to see where you want to start your shopping experience and then you’re off to find your favorite pieces.”

Rare finds and luxury pieces are exactly what Wags to Riches has in mind when curating items for their shop. They carry mid-century modern, contemporary and vintage furniture from some of your favorite brands like Arhaus, Pottery Barn and Boya. In addition to furniture Wags to Riches carries home accessories from Waterford housewares, accessories from Tiffany jewelry and Coach and Louis Vuitton handbags. It’s your one stop shop for luxury consignment without breaking the bank but it also has a deeper purpose.

Even better, each purchase at Wags to Riches benefits UCAN, the United Coalition for Animals. Martinez explains that “UCAN’s mission is to provide professional, low-cost spay and neuter services to end the unnecessary deaths of homeless cats and dogs in shelters in the Greater Cincinnati area, including surrounding counties in Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. Since April 2007, UCAN has performed over 89,000 surgeries.” Sales profits from Wags to Riches has been a key component to UCAN’s success. Shoppers, and those donating and all consigning items, all benefit this cause.

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Martinez says donating and consignment is easy, but the store is selective about merchandise to provide a unique shopping experience for customers. “All items must be clean and in good condition. Large items whether consigned or donated must be approved before they arrive at the store. Small items do not have to be approved prior to bringing them in to Wags. Cosigners complete an agreement and the consignment period lasts for 60 days,” she says. Net proceeds from the sales of consigned items are equally split between Wags to Riches and the consigner.

Shopping and donating aren’t the only ways to get involved. Wags to Riches is always on the lookout for volunteers that have a passion for retail, customer service and animal welfare. “Volunteers process sales and greet customers. If you work a four hour shift at least twice a month you’ll receive a 10% discount on your Wags’ purchases along with a $25 gift certificate during your birth month,” Martinez explains.

Fall is officially here and Halloween is right around the corner. Wags to Riches is spending the day in style. On October 22nd volunteers will be decked out in Halloween costumes to provide shoppers with a ghoulish retail experience. Stop by between 12-3pm and there will be adoptable black cats on site waiting for their forever home.

Wags to Riches is located at 9697 Kenwood Road. To find out more visit their website. To be in the know about new arrivals visit them on Facebook or Instagram If you’re interested in volunteering Martinez encourages you to reach out to her personally at 513 793-7387.

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A local couple is offering full-service doggie daycare and boarding services for man — and woman’s — best friend. Learn more about them and their unique activity group that goes to show that a tired dog is a happy dog.

Cincinnati's Pet Athletic Club offers training and a full-service doggie daycare for your four-legged fur child.
Cincinnati’s Pet Athletic Club offers training and a full-service doggie daycare for your four-legged fur child.

Mic Foster and his wife Stephanie wanted to bring a safe and fun environment for dogs to downtown Cincinnati, so they launched the Pet Athletic Club (PAC) in 2006.

Since then, the facility, which primarily started out as a K9 Training Facility, has expanded to offer a full-service doggie daycare and boarding services. “The PAC has celebrated over 10 years of providing a safe and fun environment for downtown residents and commuters to bring their dog for a day of games and entertainment, or to relax when their owners go out of town,” explains Foster.

Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, the Pet Athletic Club provides nearly every service a dog requires. “From daycare and boarding to raining and bath and nail trims, the PAC is a one-stop shop for all your canine’s needs,” he says.

The Fosters also run the Pet Athletic Club with the assistance of Head Trainer Scott Nordgren as well as General Manager Adam Teutsch. Together they have grown the Pet Athletic Club into the city’s leading Training Facility as well as the city’s safest doggie daycare.

Trainer Scott Nordegron.
Trainer Scott Nordgrenn with one of the facility’s dogs.

In addition to the daycare, boarding, and training services offered, the Pet Athletic Club is also home to Demanet Online, which Foster says “tailors custom-made K9 Protection Training Bite Suits and supplies that are key for police, sheriff, military, private clubs, and government agencies around North America.”

The Pet Athletic Club has been best known for its unique training style, which Foster says covers everything from beginning on-leash obedience to advanced off-leash protection training.

“In the 10 years PAC has been in service, we have seen every size and breed of dog come through our doors,” he says.

Having the experience with every dog imaginable, the team at the Pet Athletic Club has been able to expand, customize, and tailor their services.

The Pet Athletic Club also provides a Daycare “PACtivity” Program that really helps to set it apart from other facilities in the region.

“By providing the smallest group sizes in the city, with an average of only 10-15 dogs, clients can rest assured that their dog is receiving more one-on-one attention from the handlers, and has a lot more personal space to run around and play,” says Foster.

There’s also a mix of games and obedience exercises that helps the Pet Athletic Club to send dogs home that are tired from the day’s activities and also a little more well-behaved.

Foster says PACtivity is offered Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Because of the extensive growth and renovation that’s been experienced in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine, Foster says that the Pet Athletic Club is partnering with many new condo and apartment complexes to help tailor services to owner’s specific requests for their dogs.

The Pet Athletic Club is located in downtown Cincinnati, at 818 Reedy Street. Foster says it’s located one block south of the Greyhound Bus Station and Jack Casino, making it easily accessible from Interstate 71.

To learn more about the Pet Athletic Club, visit www.petathleticclub.com. You can also find additional information on www.fullcontrolk9.com, by sending an email to pac@petathleticclub.com, or by calling the General Manager, Adam, at 513-621-1300.

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