Archive for April 2011

Pet Trade Show & Soft Opening

Pet Trade Show & Soft Opening

Last week was the annual H.H. Backer Spring Pet Trade show and Hound About Town was there to seek out the best products! The event is a great way to meet all of our vendors and potential ones as well. From food, dental care, to collars and leashes, it’s all there! We sought out the most natural, holistic and sustainable products made in the U.S.A. We were able to place orders with 2 leashes and collar companies from New England. Arriving on our shelves shortly will be collars and leashes from Trish Hampton handmade in Rhode Island, and also Preston Ribbons manufactured in Massachusetts. In the food, treats and supplement department, we placed orders with a company from Elizabeth’s old stomping ground, Pet Naturals, and Wagatha’s organic treats of Vermont. Also arriving soon are Sojos from MN, Deer & Elk Antlers by River Dog Naturals in PA, and Lotus, a baked food company based in CA.

In the grooming and cleanliness department we ordered natural cleaning products from Eco-Me who manufactures shampoo, conditioner, spray, powder and cleaners that are safe for pets using essential oils like lavender and citrus. We also found a very interesting cat litter called Purr & Simple made in California. They farm nuts and found an eco-friendly use for their shells. Their pellets and litter impressed us in their demonstration and is also compostable!

Lucky dropped by and was very excited about our new shop!

The event also hosts a variety of educational seminars as well. We attended “Joint Support: Above and Beyond Glucosamine” with Chris Bessent, DVM of Herbsmith. This provided great information about supporting your pet’s health with diet and the use of Chinese herbs. We will be offering Herbsmith’s joint, calming, milk thistle and allergy supplements.

And in the Fun Department, we also placed orders with Simply Fido and will carry their Organic and recycled toys, based out of Brooklyn, NY.

On Saturday April 16th, we tore down the paper that was covering the windows, and opened our doors! We were still very busy entering UPC codes into our system, and patiently awaiting for more deliveries to fill our shelves, but we couldn’t be happier to meet everyone in the neighborhood! We met so many great people who welcomed us, and we saw so many happy tails wagging that this just reaffirms that we now have the best job in the world! Stay tuned for our Grand Opening.

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