DIY Dog Wash

Primp your pooch at a new canine salon.
DIY Dog Wash

Long the exclusive purview of professional groomers, the power to beautify dogs is being made readily available to mere mortals with the advent of do-it-yourself dog salon Rex (1402 12th Ave.; 206.682.3941; rexseattle.com). Scheduled to open this month, the welcoming space at the base of  Trace Lofts on Capitol Hill features reclaimed and recycled materials, such as a giant antique scale and old wooden beams (used for human seating), plus eight custom-designed self-service wash bays. A joint venture of Seattle entrepreneur Jeff Judas and Pb Elemental architecture firm cofounder and partner Chris Pardo, the space is designed more like a high-end spa than a den for dogs. Rex will offer self-service dog washes ($20–$22), complete with natural shampoos and plush towels, as well as professional grooming ($50 and up) for those who’d rather drop off the dog and dash next door for a treat at High 5 Pie. The retail section offers high-quality canine supplies, including food by local Darwin’s Natural Pet Products and Blue Dog Bakery. Check the website for information on canine-themed events, including pet first-aid classes and, of course, “yappy hours.”

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