August 2nd, 2010
Bubu was a rescue cat that was originally named Boots for his white feet. That quickly evolved into his official name: Bubu Kitty. He was also called Tuna, Tuna Fish, Zipit.Com, Old Man, Tooney, and Crabshack. He lived a full 16 years and was Tracy’s buddy through the entire life of her original pet bakery, The Bone Appetit. This morning when Tracy took him to our vet we learned he had finally experienced total renal failure. We’re glad he’s no longer suffering and his last night with us was a good one- Tracy gave him chicken, cream cheese, and shredded cheese.
May 9th, 2010
The entire Baker’s Dog crew, including Josie, is taking a little time off starting May 12th. Any orders placed between the 12th and 19th won’t be shipped until the 2oth. Check out the discounted toys we added to the store! If you’d like to follow us on our great adventure to Nebraska, you can travel with us virtually on Twitter.
March 31st, 2010
We changed our email list software and sign up form last week. As a result, it caused a bug which affected photo uploads. If you experienced trouble uploading a photo in the past week, we have resolved the issue. If you experience any difficulty or issues on our website, please let us know!
Due to overwhelming demand, we have added Soft, Crunchy, and Assorted Mix options to the One Pounder and Half Pounder flavor choices! Of course, these bags can be customized with your dog’s photo just like our single flavor bags.
We have also been busy adding a great selection of toys (including kitty stuff!) to our online store. We have been working on some new recipes in the kitchen too! As always, we pride ourselves in super fast shipping via USPS Priority Mail to anywhere in the U.S.
February 21st, 2010
First and foremost, this update is long overdue and I sincerely apologize for that. Secondly, we are not going out of business and will be baking just as much (if not more) in 2010! As stated in our last update, we had to unexpectedly close The Baker’s Dog retail store. We spent a lot of time looking for a new location. We even went so far as to begin negotiations with a local shopping center. But it felt like we were rushing into things just to get the store re-opened. So we’ve decided it is best for our customers, our business, and our personal lives to take a step away from managing a full time retail location for the time being.
As of this week, Bone Appetit is completely closed. We’ve kept all of the baking equipment and inventory. We’re going to keep baking and filling online orders while we catch our breath and plan our next steps. Our primary goal is to make the most of our website. We will be adding a more complete selection of treats and unique toys to the online store. We’ve found that our custom photo packaging has really caught on in the past year and want to continue promoting that. We’ve also had the desire to work on our recipes and create new bestseller treats. The stress and distraction of managing a 7-day-per-week retail store has kept us from doing these things until now.
Over the years, we have cultivated a strong regular customer base both online and at the stores. The support we’ve received from everyone has been nothing short of inspiring. Our biggest regret is our local customers won’t have a place to bring their dog and pick up their treats. We are actively pursuing options to sell locally. Some ideas include setting up at the local farmer’s market and partnering with other local pet friendly stores. In the meantime, please give a look at ordering online- our shipping prices are very reasonable!
Pursuing our goals simply would not be possible without the incredible support of our customers. For that, we can’t thank you enough!
February 5th, 2010
Josie is about to have her very first birthday! We asked her what we should do to celebrate and she said we should give all of her pet pals a gift. We tried to explain that she was the one that was supposed to receieve birthday presents and giving stuff away isn’t the best business strategy, but she insisted we do this. Ooooo-kay….
All orders placed on February 9th will receive a free toy from Charming Pet Products ($8.99 value). Orders over $50 will receive a large Mutt Puppet ($13.99 value) instead!*
Everyone has been asking us what we’re up to and what’s going on for 2010… I promise that update is coming very soon!
* – If we run out of those particular items, we reserve the right to substitute for similar items while supplies last.
November 28th, 2009
We’ll be closing The Baker’s Dog at some point in December. But do not panic, we’ll be re-opening in Barefoot Landing just 6 miles North sometime in January. We’re just beginning negotiations with the Barefoot Landing folks, so it remains to be seen if we’ll take over the current Bone Appetit location or finding a slightly larger space. Online customers will experience absolutely no disruption in service.
Co-owner, Tracy Johnson, founded The Bone Appetit Bakery at Barefoot Landing over 10 years ago. Last year, we took all of that treat baking experience and reinvented it as The Baker’s Dog. We found a nice, big location where we could set our own hours, experiment with new ideas, and dogs could come in to visit us. The original plan was to eventually close Bone Appetit in 2010. Given the economy and time of year we opened The Baker’s Dog, the store has held it’s own. But chronic issues with The Baker’s Dog building has forced us to flip that plan around. It was a bit of a quick decision but we feel comfortable that it is the correct one. And yes…
Dogs will be welcome at the new location!
We’ve been thrilled to meet new customers and overwhelmed by the positive support. We hope they’ll make the short drive up to our new store wherever that may be!
October 21st, 2009
Josie and I decided to check out the new Barc Parc that opened this week. Lots of folks have been making the drive down to the original Barc Parc at Market Common since it opened a couple years ago. But not everyone is crazy about the drive in Summer traffic and we’ve been sorely needing something on the North end for quite some time. The 62nd Ave Barc Parc is right beside the snazzy new YMCA (that also opened this week). The park is divided into a small and big dog section. We only had time to explore the small dog side of the park today. But Josie really wanted to play with the big doggies! From what I could tell, this park does not have a water feature like the Market Common Barc Parc has. There was probably around 50 people there at 11am today.
The best part? It’s only a couple minutes from us! I snapped some photos so you can see what it’s all about (click images for larger versions)…
September 8th, 2009
September 7th, 2009
We’ve had a great first Summer and we’re just really in awe of everyone’s positive comments and support. Now that school is back in session, it’s time for us to get cracking on all those “round tuits” we’ve been talking about. To start, we’ve got several new things going on:
- New business hours. For now, it’s 12pm-7pm during the week and 10am-6pm on Saturdays. That’s seriously cramping our college football lifestyle, so those hours are subject to change.
- New products. We’ve added new items to our online and retail store. We’re also planning on reworking some of our recipes in the coming weeks.
- New promotions. We’re sponsoring several events and contests. Check out the online photo contest at CarolinaLive.com and we’ll also have some items at the Beach Bound Hounds event this month!
- New labels. We’re ready to rotate out our current photos for more Fall and Winter themed shots. Be sure to check the box to allow us to use your custom photo labels.
- New site features. I’ve been wanting to do more of these. But to start, we’ve added the ability to easily re-order items you have ordered in the past:
August 19th, 2009
We announced a new product yesterday (our Facebook fans and Twitter followers got to hear about it first!) and it has been very well received. We’re trying to err on the side of legal caution with any specifics, but I think most of you can sort things out on your own. This is a great example of our unique in-house packaging and manufacturing capabilities. We conceived the idea on the weekend and had a ready to purchase product by Tuesday! We’re planning on leveraging this ability more in the future with new and entertaining products. Got an idea? Let us know!