Mountain Traveler: Cornelia welcomes furry visitors

  • Eric Pereira/ Cornelia Tourism Coordinator Brittain Williams and her dogs Cerin and Tara are shown at the Cornelia Depot. Visitors are allowed to bring their dogs into the Cornelia Historic Train Depot and Museum.
    Eric Pereira/ Cornelia Tourism Coordinator Brittain Williams and her dogs Cerin and Tara are shown at the Cornelia Depot. Visitors are allowed to bring their dogs into the Cornelia Historic Train Depot and Museum.
  • Eric Pereira/ Cornelia Tourism coordinator Brittain Williams and Whistle Top Brew Company owner Scott Hulsey show some love to Cerin and Tara. There are a wide variety of businesses in Cornelia that welcome your favorite canine.
    Eric Pereira/ Cornelia Tourism coordinator Brittain Williams and Whistle Top Brew Company owner Scott Hulsey show some love to Cerin and Tara. There are a wide variety of businesses in Cornelia that welcome your favorite canine.
  • Eric Pereira/ Cornelia Ace Hardware owners Matt and Heather Colston get acquainted with Walker. Dog-friendly businesses are encouraged to offer treats and water to the four-legged visitors.
    Eric Pereira/ Cornelia Ace Hardware owners Matt and Heather Colston get acquainted with Walker. Dog-friendly businesses are encouraged to offer treats and water to the four-legged visitors.
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As you're shopping in Cornelia, you may notice a trend: select businesses have chosen to welcome pets into their stores.
This allows the pets to meet new people, smell new smells, and possibly score some water or a treat. A big advantage to pet owners is, as youíre running errands with your fur baby, you won't need to leave him or her in a hot car.

"Part of the Main Street program is to share ideas with other communities," said Main Street Manager Jessie Owensby. "I have visited several other communities throughout the state that are pet-friendly. One of the ways people can decipher which places are cool with dogs is to put a decal on the door."
Owensby said the city of Cornelia and its business owners are attempting to become "much more pet-friendly."
"We'd love nothing more than to see dogs all over the place, which is why we have the dog park," she said. "So we implemented this program to let people know that we welcome their furry family members in downtown!"
Business owners can decide what type of animal is allowed inside, but the ones with a "dog-friendly" decal on the door specifically welcome canines.
For more information about becoming a pet-friendly business, contact Owensby at 706-778-8585, ext. 280.

Cornelia dog-friendly businesses:

  • Arnold Drug Company
  • B&C Cleaners
  • Compass Pest Management
  • Cornelia Ace Hardware
  • Cornelia Historic Train Depot Museum
  • Country Cobbler
  • Creekside Cleaners
  • Habersham Chamber of Commerce
  • Heath Barrett Allstate Agency
  • Howington Heating and Cooling
  • Loweís
  • North Main Credit Union
  • Pets Unleashed
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Vann Oil and Tire
  • Whistle Top Brew Company

Dog-friendly patios:

  • AJ's Pizza
  • Starbucks