I had an idea for a fun neighborhood dog shop where you could find the perfect gift for your friend that had 3 dogs, but no kids. And also a shop that had unique items for your dog that you couldn’t find anywhere else. And a shop that you could just go in to get a treat for your dog on your daily walk through town.
Let’s break it down…
- October 2011 - my then boyfriend (now husband) helped me write a business plan.
- January 2012 - I came up with the name while still living in Seattle (we moved to BI in late April 2012).
- April 1, 2012 - I signed a lease.
- May 1, 2012 - B.I. Barkery opened!
So many life events have happened since then.
- I got engaged 23 days after opening!
- We were married 5 months later in Virginia!
- Our daughter was born 19 months later!
Over these past 9 years, thousands of dog lovers from all over the world have walked through my doors and I’ve loved every minute. Once they step inside, we have that common bond: dogs, and our love for them. I’ve welcomed brand new puppies to the island and watched them grow up, sometimes even after they’ve moved away. I’ve had to say goodbye to 2 of my own dogs, Piper & Charlotte, in addition to many customer’s pups.
Words can’t express my appreciation for my experience in this community. Friends sent flowers when I opened, customers knitted baby sweaters for Isla, I got holiday cards from customers and so much more. From my very first employee who I hired right out of high school, who still stops in to say hi when he’s on the island - to my very last employee I hired…all so special!
Which brings me to this news…
As of tomorrow (8/1) I’m handing over the reigns to a fellow dog lover. His dogs out number my dogs by 5! Some of you may already know him from shopping here since he was that last employee I hired last August, but if you haven’t met him, you will soon! Steven and his husband, Michael, are the new owners of B.I. Barkery and I wish them nothing but the best as they take the shop over and begin it’s next chapter.
I’m excited for my next chapter too. Raising our young daughter, advocating for clean beauty, perfecting paddle boarding and who knows what else! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making my dream of B.I. Barkery come true.