While shopping at Mashpee Commons with my mom, Jowanna and Kevin we came upon a new Black Dog General Store that just opened and couldn’t resist stopping in because we all love Black Dog’s style clothing for men, women, children and dogs. We found this new Black Dog store to be wheelchair accessible with just a few minor obstacles that can easily be corrected.

There are plenty of handicap parking spaces located in the Mashpee Commons parking lot close to the entrance of this Black Dog store which is conveniently located on the corner. The entry doors were wide open on this warm fall day yet are not automatic so normally you will need help with opening the door.

Newly installed hardwood floors created somewhat of a lip at the entrance that were a little tough to wheel over. Once inside I found the store is small yet there is plenty of room to wheel my chair between all the displays of clothing and a variety of gifts for your family, your home and your own four-legged friend.

A very nice salesgirl warmly greeted us. She was very friendly, kind and helpful. She told us there is a ‘Black Dog Look-alike Contest’ to celebrate the opening of this store and showed us pictures of some of the dogs she thought looked most like the original black lab. We chose a picture of a black lab we thought looked most like the original black dog and she agreed. The winner will be chosen by Black Dog’s Facebook fans and will be featured in the company’s Spring 2011 catalog.

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I chose a nice Black Dog tee shirt as did Jowanna. The cashier counter is a little high so my mom helped me with my transaction. The salesgirl deserves FIVE STARS for her kindness and offering fantastic customer service.

I give The Black Dog General Store in Mashpee THREE STARS for wheelchair accessibility. In order to earn the other Two Stars they would need to install automatic entry doors so a customer in a wheelchair can enter and exit independently; place an accessible threshold at the lip of the hardwood floor at the entrance; and lower a section of the cashier counter to an accessible height so a customer in a wheelchair can compete their sales transaction independently.