Sixteen years after the original Pupculture opened on Broome Street, a second branch has debuted in Tribeca. “This used to be my bank,” says owner Abraham Mimi of the new outpost, in part of what was a Valley National Bank branch. “We outgrew the Soho space, and we have so many customers in this area.”
The focus in Tribeca is on daycare and grooming. The 4,200-square-foot facility has three pens on the ground floor, and a larger pen for big dogs will be built downstairs. (That’s where training classes will be offered, in partnership with Tribeca Pet Services.) Beds should arrive by the time you read this, and we can expect more photos—taken of Pupculture clients by a talented staffer—on the walls. The floor is a material that Mimi has discovered works best (after many tries), and the HVAC system changes the air at a near-constant rate.
“Daycare is not for all dogs,” he says. “We make sure the dog is happy. If not, it doesn’t belong here.” He wants the owners to be happy, too. “Everything is open and visible so people can feel comfortable.” The two groomers working in Tribeca each have ten years’ experience at the Soho location.
Pupculture is open seven days a week, and it can offer pick-up and drop-off. The $36 daycare rate includes two walks. “And they’re good 15-minute walk,” says Mimi, “to maintain the housebroken habit.”
Pupculture is at 170 Hudson (between Laight and Vestry), 212-951-0290, pupculturenyc.com.