Shop Talk!

Chatting with Nicole Merriman, founder of Hot Diggity

bullystix_hdHow long have you owned the store? 
I founded the store in 2003 and owned it solely until January 2016 when our longtime manager, Ashley Carr, became co-owner. 

Which location opened first? Mashpee or Dennisport?
Actually, the first store to open was a cart in the Cape Cod Mall. We then opened a quaint little shop in Osterville before moving our flagship store to Mashpee Commons, where it is today. We opened our Dennisport location in April of 2012.

Do the stores offer different items and services? 
Both stores offer hip, fun and essential healthy goods for people and their pups. Additionally, our Dennisport location has a self-serve dog wash, as well as full-service grooming. 

What are some of your most popular items? 
A “protein bar,” which includes U.S.-sourced chews, treats and bones. Some are great to give as rewards, others as treats and others we like to call “pup sitters,” as they keep your dog entertained for long periods of time. Our collars and

Hand-knit wool sweater, $40

Hand-knit wool sweater, $40

leashes are also super popular. They are made in Mashpee and pups from all over the globe wear them. 

Are you planning to include any new products this year?
Yes! We attend trade shows throughout the year to bring the latest and greatest of the dog world to Cape Cod. Recently, we brought in the iFetch, an automatic ball launcher: You can either play along with your dog, or train your dog to load the machine and he can play independently.

Hot Diggity, 1 Central Square, Mashpee Commons, 508-477-BONE (2663); and 677 Main St. (Route 28),
Dennisport, 508-258-0208


Plush, cozy beds perfect for a long winter nap! Made in the U.S. by the Pendleton Company. Starting at $99



Keep Fido’s paws protected from snow, ice and the elements this winter! $29.95



A variety of wintery themes, including hats, mittens and penguins. Crafted in Mashpee. Starting at $27



A toy version of your pup’s favorite pastime. Stuff the squeaky squirrels in the soft tree trunk, and watch your dog pull them out one by one. $34.95


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