Who’s behind the counter?
Jonathan Knight had been biding his time to find the perfect location for Cleopatra’s Pet Emporium, so when a shop came up opposite a dog park, he jumped. The dog-lover named the store after his beloved Alsatian Cleopatra. Her untimely death led him to start researching healthy pet diets, products and treatments – a project that grew into a passion and culminated in the opening of his Carlton North pet shop.
- Cleopatra’s Pet Emporium
- 671 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
- Phone: 9349 4417
What’s in store?
Don’t expect to find run-of-the-mill pet products here. Sure, the shop sells dog and cat food, collars, leashes and beds, shampoos and conditioners, but almost everything is made in Australia, with an emphasis on natural materials and holistic health. The pet emporium is dotted with pet-centric homewares – ceramics, paintings, doorstops in the form of terriers and garden benches in the shape of a rather tall sausage dog – and a giant freezer with ready-made meals for your dog made of fresh meat and vegies. Just defrost and voila.
Jonathan says he gets foot traffic from the dog park and locals passing by (naturally dogs are welcome), but because the store sells raw, human-grade pet food, people come from far and wide to get it.
“We’ve got a movement happening in the raw food community that is aimed at pets,” Jonathan says.
Black and brass dog collar, $50, brown leather dog collar, $50, both by Rogue Royalty.