You might have noticed one of my previous posts mentioning my business. Or maybe you read my About Me section and knew I was working on something. While the foster dogs, my own girls and blogging about them have taken up some of my time, the bulk of my energy and attention these past nine months have been geared towards accomplishing one HUGE goal of mine - to open up my doggie boutique. And now that these plans are finally coming to concrete fruition, I am tickled pink to introduce you all to....drum roll please...
The second question you may have - what kind of dog store will I be? Great question! I have two goals: the first is to provide a wide selection of eco-friendly dog supplies for both my local Portland customers and those in the great beyond of the interwebs. My second goal is to support my local rescue agencies and promote adoption...maybe even have some of my fosters in the store to showcase how awesome they are and get those buggers adopted!
This store has been a goal of mine for several years. Though I only quit my day job last Fall and started working full-time on my startup plans, the wheels have been a-turning for quite some time. Once I started looking for truly environmentally friendly products and manufacturers, I was pleasantly surprised by how many great companies and individuals there are out there. An added plus is that so many of them share my philosophy about philanthropy as well as sustainability. I will be giving 10% of my profits to local rescue agencies and have found many of the manufacturers I will carry also share a percentage of their profits. I will be featuring both their "eco-cred" and their socially responsible ways on my website.
There will be much more coming on the new business so stay tuned. For those of you not local to Portland, I will run a website as well, which will launch in June.