Former East Bank tea shop becomes dog palace

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March 29, 2004 // UPDATED 10:27 am - April 25, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

A store for pampered pets will replace a tea shop in the Old St. Anthony shopping district of the Nicollet Island/East Bank neighborhood in May.

Vitala Tea has closed at 312 E. Hennepin Ave. after about a year in business.

Brian Fulmer, owner of Bone Adventure Pet Gear and Grooming, meanwhile, is eager to open his store for pet lovers this spring on the East Bank.

"I see it as this kind of burgeoning shopping and neighborhood district. We like being in a neighborhood where people live and shop," Fulmer said, who lives in Orono.

Fulmer has two other Bone Adventure stores, in Wayzata and Edina. The stores carry everything from basic pet supplies, such as dishes and beds, to clothing and designer furniture for more spoiled pups and cats.

"We really work hard to have a mix of things," he said. "We'll carry all the basic things pet owners need and we will offer more hip, funky products."

Some of the "hip" items include velvet and jeweled collars.

Fuller hasn't set an exact date for opening but expects the store will be ready by May.