Sophie Phillips' Sprocket and Stone will open at the end of the week in Hyde Park, offering locally made dog collars. [DNAinfo/Sam Cholke]
HYDE PARK — If the signs are to be believed, something “pawesome” is coming to 53rd Street.
Sprocket and Stone, a new pet shop, will opening by the end of the week at 1013 E. 53rd St., offering dog treats like smoked lamb lungs, locally made pet toys and more.
“I think the dogs are already smelling things because they’re already pulling people to our door,” owner Sophie Phillips said.
People are getting curious, too, and Phillips said people have been peering around her handwritten store sign to get a peak at the Chicago-made Moxino Collars and bins for treats from the 6 Mutts Chicago food truck for dogs.
Sam Cholke says Phillips has always cared for pets:
Phillips said the new store feels like the natural next step for her growing dog-walking and cat-sitting business, which is becoming too big for her Kenwood condo and is adding staff in its third year.
“If I’m going to be paying rent, I’d prefer to provide something for the community,” Phillips said.
She’s bringing in quality affordable alternatives to grocery store dog food and some of the more exotic items she gives her own dogs and recommends to her dog-walking clients.
Sprocket and Stone, named for Phillips' two dogs, will carry raw fermented goat’s milk, a supplement she recommends to boost a dog’s immune system and improve their coats.
The store is also opening with a full line of real animal bones and smoked meats for dogs, including pig ears, lamb lungs and duck feet.
“They offer the dog a natural chew alternative from a plastic toy,” Phillips said.
She said she hopes to eventually expand to dog training and other offerings.
Sprocket and Stone will offer some dog treats that are hard to find, like raw fermented goat milk.
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