Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Carlsbad Village Business Owner Spotlight - Aranelle

Aranelle's owner Michelle Blasena with Julie and Craig Castillo of Carlsbad, and their Bulldog Jac.

If family-owned boutique Aranelle, 2940 State St., isn’t on your radar, make it your  destination this weekend! Owner of Aranelle, Michelle Blasena has developed her business not only as a retail space but also as a “go-to” community space that welcomes dogs and their owners.

This weekend, Saturday April 25th at 9am, Aranelle in partnership with Circulate San Diego will host Wag and Walk, a dog walk through Carlsbad Village. Aranelle will generously provide complimentary drinks and treats for both humans and their dogs upon departure from the storefront. This type of meet up benefits both Carlsbad and Aranelle by creating a community that stays active together.

Aranelle also offers a welcome reprieve indoors, boasting a comfy couch for guests who need to rest their feet. Michelle loves dogs and sees a direct correlation between dogs, physical activity, and a healthy business. “Many dog-walking locals know to stop in for free treats, and local dogs also know to ‘walk’ their owners into the store!” Through Wag and Walk, Michelle continues to build her socially conscious business. Last year, Aranelle organized a fundraiser for Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that pairs highly trained dogs with people with disabilities. 

Aranelle also sells Alex + Ani jewelry, with portions of the proceeds going to various charities. Look for the bike charm bangle; 20% of the proceeds will be donated to an annual bike-a-thon to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment. Aranelle specializes in smaller items that easily fit into a bike jersey or can be worn right out of the store. They also support local designers.

More about Wag and Walk on the MeetUp page.        

If you know of a business in Carlsbad Village that we should spotlight because it exemplifies a local business that promotes walking and biking, please email

Walk + Bike is a partnership led by the City of Carlsbad, Circulate San Diego and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition to promote walking and biking around Carlsbad, with a special focus on the downtown Village and surrounding areas. Join us and bring your friends and families along for the fun. The 12-month campaign is funded by a grant from the San Diego Association of Governments and includes events, outreach to schools, business promotions and other activities to get more people walking and biking instead of driving on short trips around town. Check back regularly for updates and information about how you can get involved. Walk + Bike Carlsbad is intended to be a model for the region, so let's show them how it's done! 

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