Combo dog park-bar-coffee house aims to activate shopping centers’ outdoor spaces

New dog park concept Bark Social aims to attract both canines and humans and to help landlords activate outdoor spaces. Co-founders Luke Silverman and Jeff Kurtzman have just inked their first lease at Federal Realty’s Pike & Rose property in North Bethesda, Maryland, and are set to open Sept. 1.

Silverman, who also is CEO, and his pit bull-lab, Frankie, visited more than 20 social dog parks across the country and found one thing missing: Many left out retail. Bark Social thus combines entertainment, food-and-beverage and retail in one venue. The 25,000-square-foot prototype features mainly outdoor play and exercise areas for pets, a 2,400-square-foot open-air pavilion for inclement weather and a 1,200-1,500-square-foot clubhouse..   ...more

Ken Notes: This is pretty smart business, I would love a coffee or sandwich concession at the dog park in Verona...

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