When she passed me the word on what she'd found, I was so excited! It was one of the coolest concepts for a shop I'd ever heard of! That's saying a whole lot for someone who hates to shop!
The word-passer was my friend and colleague, Vicki Warner, of Life Talks - I Write, and the biz that got me so excited was Three Dog Bakery in the oh-so-cool community of Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada.
I just keep on hearing wonderful things about the folks in Sechelt, and even though I've never been there, I continue to learn about and appreciate its beauty. I'd also like to extend my sympathies to the community there on the loss of their beautiful Rhapsody and her unborn calf.
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Vicki Warner is a writer whose work I've grown to love and in doing so, discovered a common passion, the promotion of independent businesses, artists and organizations.
When I learned of the Three Dogs Bakery, it opened the door to another opportunity for us to collaborate in bringing attention to that aspect of our work, and featuring a newly discovered business we both like and want to promote to our readers.
It's great for the flashPress readers to not only get exposed to today's article but also to Vicki's website because one, she's an excellent writer with a huge variety of topics, but also because her site is reader-friendly for all ages and never contains adult situations or strong language. She advertises her site here on flashPress and also On Story Street (my sister's website).
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So, without further ado, here's Vicki to introduce you to Sechelt's Three Dog Bakery!
First, let me tell you, I don't have a dog.
Nevertheless, in Sechelt I came across a humble little sandwich-board decorated with a ridiculous doggie cartoon. This was enough to tempt me me inside just to see what a dog bakery looks like.
Well, I found out in a hurry that dogs like baked treats just as much as any human! The very first thing I noticed was the store owner, busily and artistically putting last minute miniature carrots on carrot cake that looked good enough for any human to eat!
Then, we started chatting.
I was of the opinion this business owner would be scraping the barrel to attract enough business on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, which has a total population 30,000. But noooo... The Three Dog bakery's owner, Debbie Hendsbee, gave me some business facts and figures that truly amazed me!
According to the National Pet Owners Survey, 68% of all American households (that's 82 million) own pets. Those households are homes for 83 million dogs. But, here’s the interesting thing -- there are only 56 million homes. That translates to multiple dogs in multiple millions of home.
Back in 1988, at the first study, 56 million households reported pet ownership. Since then there’s been a 48% increase. That’s a huge number!
In 2013 pet expenditures reached $55 Billion. In 2014 predictions were for a further $3 billion gain! It comes down to pets being a part of these families. Their owners spend a lot of money on them and want great products.
Debbie is an enthusiastic and innovative owner of her business which is part of a franchise that has only a few locations here in Canada. Two are in Vancouver, and one is way over in Nova Scotia. last but not least, is the lovely shop here in Sechelt, located at 5511 Wharf Avenue.
The second time I went back to the bakery there was an air of excitement and expectation! Dog owners had been invited to have a professional Christmas photograph taken. That part was wonderful, and it gets even better.
All proceeds were donated to the local SPCA!
Even the local radio station got into the act, and made sure people knew about the opportunity. It was great fun!
Debbie works alone, most of the time, but does have two part time employees. She set up a branch of her operation at the BC Ferries in Langdale last summer. It was a big hit and well received by her doggy customers.
There are many more franchises in the USA. Debbie has lots of previous high-powered business experience, but decided to move into a less stressful working atmosphere. Sechelt is a very laid back community that’s wonderfully supportive of indie-businesses.The Three Dog Bakery is a great fit.
At home Debbie has an eight-year-old golden retriever. Her bakery has been in business for one year now, and she loves it! It’s very obvious Sechelt’s doggy residents and their owners give it top marks, too. They call in on a regular basis when out for walks to buy doggy treats, clothing and accessories in this delightful, boutique-style bakery.
The shop is proud of their baked goods for K9s. The ingredients are carefully selected for quality, then blended, baked and decorated right on the premises. The shop doesn’t have its own website but you can get better acquainted with Debbie’s business via Linked In.
Three Dog Bakery is located at 5511 Wharf Avenue., in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada. You can get better acquainted with their business via Debbie on LinkedIn.
She's also available on Facebook, but doesn't draw much business from there.
Our thanks to Vicki Warner of Life Talks - I Write for an awesome introduction, and to Three Dog Bakery and it's clients (and staff) for allowing us to feature them and participating in the interview, and happy holidays to all of Sechelt!
That's it for this one and hope to see you back on Thursday at femme's Desk.
'Til then, God bless, thanks for the read and please don't forget to thank a veteran at your next opportunity!
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