La Encantada Shopping Center
Skyline Drive & Campbell Avenue
Telephone: (520) 299-3556
Where does a stylish terrier take his People to shop for their summer wardrobes? The Tommy Bahama boutique at La Encantada, of course – or any of the high-end stores in this beautiful outdoor shopping center nestled in the foothills of Tucson’s Catalina Mountains. Almost all the stores here are exuberantly “dog-welcoming.” I’ve checked out summer hats at Coldwater Creek, shopped for Christmas cards at Papyrus, and browsed among the racks at J.Jill and Brooks Brothers. Last on my day’s agenda is always Muttropolis. If it’s a Thursday evening, my favorite fancy dog store might be hosting one of its Mutt Mingles, with “tray-passed treats for pups and yummy appetizers and wine compliments of Bluepoint Grill,” as described on their website. (Muttropolis also hosts special events throughout the year, many of them charity fundraisers. Guess who went as a construction worker to last year’s Howl-oween party?) AJ’s Fine Foods is, of course, one of the stores at La Encantada in which dogs are not allowed, and that restriction extends to their attractive outdoor eating area (although I have seen people seated at the outer tables with their pooches safely in the neutral zone a few feet away).