Quoting Marie, any list of great pet stores supporting apartment life will have to take into account that the savvy, "go to different stores for different products."
Whiskers is a far cry from the posh, high end poodle spas in the West Village. Specializing in natural food and remedies for for all pets, this "holistic" East Village gets rave reviews and has a "full service" website:
Hazel says: Whisker has an excellent selection of holistic products, great staff, delivery, AND open on xmas ... Plus a kitty "rescue ranch"!
Lisa says: My favorite pet store in the city, by far, is the estimable if uncreatively named Whiskers...
The owners are incredibly knowing about holistic petcare, and very generous with that knowledge. They have an amazing selection of byproducts-free (pet)food. And they deliver--even to Brooklyn!
However, Vera says: They are very knowledgeable and generous (by giving their front window over to potential adoptees), but they aren't very courteous to their neighbors.... apparently customers parking in front of the store lead to loud honking...
More Vera: I used to live in the building across 9th Street - there is a bus stop right there in front of Whiskers and the owners would encourage their customers to park there while shopping in the store! So when the M8 bus would come, it would have to stop in the middle of 9th Street, so cars would back up behind it and honk. I went in there and pointed this out to them, but they didn't seem to care about the fact that the constant honking was very annoying to the store's neighbors (not to mention the fact that parking in a bus stop is illegal).
(Re-edited from original post on 2005-01-19 - mgr)