Heidi Liedeker, owner of the popular Meat for Cats and Dogs raw food and pet supply shop on East Burnside in Portland, Oregon, has opened The Meat Locker, a “pop-up shop” in a retail pod next to Lodekka, a double-decker vintage clothing shop on N. Williams Ave.
Known and loved for building relationships with customers and fellow business owners, and a great supporter of animal welfare, Liedeker invited pets and their peeps to join the celebration of the Meat Locker’s opening Friday Aug. 24. The opening celebration festivities featured brew and dog trainer/pet photographer Gina Miccuilla.
The seemingly unlikely pairing of the Meat Locker and Lodekka — a vintage shop housed in a 1965 Liverpool double-decker bus — came after Lodekka’s dog-loving owner, Erin Sutherland, approached Liedeker about either stocking dog products at Lodekka or opening a dog “cart” in her retail pod.
Liedeker loved the idea, quickly acquired a beautiful hand-crafted cedar shed, and in short order, the Meat Locker was open. The small shed carries toys, leashes, treats, water bowls and chews.
The Meat spinoff will also serve as a resource for neighborhood pet owners, including a pictorial map that directs customers to nearby full-service pet supply shops and veterinarians.
“I think just about everyone in Portland who has a dog knows Heidi,” says Meat regular, Margaux Taylor. “She’s known our dog Harvey since he was a puppy. She’s practically his godmother.”
“I’m excited for the opportunity to be part of the Williams neighborhood,” says Liedeker, “even if only in a 2ft x 6ft way. I have been referring to the Meat Locker as a place for people to grab what they forgot at home or need to keep their dogs busy while they enjoy a beer at one of the nearby bars/restaurants.”