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Dog Bakery Spotlight: Kansas Sweetie Barkery

Kansas Sweetie Barkery

Owner: Brie Anne

Location: Rocky Mount, NC

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Just baked!

Spoiling my pup Opie is a no-brainer for me and, like many other dog lovers, I’d sacrifice items for myself to get him anything from healthcare to a new toy. Needless to say, gourmet dog treats was a typical area for me to splurge, especially since I grew up in Kansas City, where Three Dog Bakery kind of started the whole gourmet dog treat trend. In Kansas City, there are plenty of stores with all sorts of goodies, but when I moved to North Carolina I realized the selection was miniscule. I began experimenting with recipes and my passion for it blossomed.

After two layoffs in the journalism industry, I realized despite having a genuine love of reporting, it was unlikely to be the field I retired in. I always loved the idea of opening my own business, but it wasn’t until I visited a North Carolina town with my partner, Brandon, that I realized a gourmet dog treat business really is what I wanted. I did research and found out that there really is a market for this business and the trend isn’t going away anytime soon, so having a barkery was the perfect way for me to share my passion with others. 

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Opie enjoys a blueberry banana dog treat

I’d like to highlight Opie, an 8-year-old Lhasapoo, and Boxers Max and Lady as the inspirations for Kansas Sweetie Barkery.

Currently Kansas Sweetie Barkery is a face-to-face and Internet based business. We market our treats through a vast network in our local community built through very public professions, including my job as a reporter. Face-to-face sales also include displays at local farmer’s markets, fairs and festivals. When it comes to internet sales, word of mouth and social media are instrumental. We utilize Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and our website to get the word out about events, new products, contests and upcoming holidays.

Our name was actually developed through brainstorming with my partner, Brandon. I knew I wanted to capitalize on my upbringing in Kansas City and all the city is known for, such as BBQ and Jazz & Blues. Brandon pitched Kansas Sweetie Treats, but we switched it to “Barkery” to better convey the true nature of the business. It is amazing how many people have never heard of a “barkery” before, but smile as soon as they realize we offer gourmet ways to treat their pooches.

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Red Meat Ruby Slippers

We don’t have a “most popular treat” at the moment. We follow our customers and bake and develop dog cakes and dog treats according to their needs and requests.  Our website has photos of each of our individual treats while our Facebook page has some shots of the process to make the treats.

I think our Red Meat Ruby Slippers is a unique product idea. These dog treats are modeled after the shoes worn by Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz”. They are beef-flavored and decorated with colored sesame seeds. We have a special Oz photo contest associated with these treats.

We do presentations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash/Edgecombe Counties about entrepreneurship. We have the children from the club  decorate treats with what they want to be when they grow up. $1 from each sale is donated back to the club to help support the budding entrepreneurial dreams.

Visit us: Kansas Sweetie Barkery

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Visit K9Cakery.com for dog bakery supplies and the award-winning Fido’s Frosting, the all natural yogurt dog treat frosting and icing that does not melt!

 

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Dog Treat Business Spotlight: The Pawtastic Barkery

The Pawtastic Barkery         

Owners: Lisa and Doug Von Heeder        

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada                                     

                                                                                        

We are a family of animal lovers who started making homemade dog treats for our two dachshunds, Kaiser and Jaeger, to make sure that they got healthy treats with all natural ingredients. 

Our boys loved our homemade treats so much, we shared them with our friends so their dogs could have healthy dog treats too. After receiving requests for more, we decided to go into business.  

We opened “The Pawtastic Barkery”, a gourmet dog treat business, to make healthy gourmet dog treats available to other animal lovers. We chose that name because it translates into “The Fantastic Bakery” in dog speak. (We speak fluent dachshund.) We wanted a name that would be both cute and memorable for our human customers as well.

Our treats are made by humans, but approved by dogs. Our most popular flavors  are the Beddar Apple Cheddar Dog Treats, and our Woofin’ Good Apple Cranberry Oatmeal (Gluten Free).  We also have a popular gluten free/vegan dog treat: Apple Pie.

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Left to right: Beddar Apple Cheddar Dog Treats, Apple Pie Gluten Free/Vegan Dog Treats, Woofin’ Good Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Gluten Free Dog Treats

We bake both soft and crunchy treats. The crunchy treats will last over 2 months when properly stored and the soft dog treats are like a fresh human bakery product, but lasting up to a month in the refrigerator. All of our ingredients are 100% human grade and contain no artificial preservatives. We bake to order to ensure the freshest product possible. 

Our products are available through our website. Our first appearance at a Farmers Market is coming up and we plan to do more in the future for local exposure.  We created a line of specialty dog treats for the markets. It was a lot of fun creating the names!

See all of our gourmet dog treats on our website: The Pawtastic Barkery 

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Visit K9Cakery.com for dog bakery supplies and the award-winning Fido’s Frosting, the all natural yogurt dog treat frosting and icing that does not melt!