KNOXVILLE — Nicolette Fox, Knoxville, has opened Pawsh Pup Boutique, an online store.
Fox, who loves all aspects of sewing, has been thinking for years about opening some sort of textile and sewing related business.
“After a rapid series of difficult life-changing events, the time seemed perfect to start pursuing that dream; one of those ‘not like the present’ times,” she said. “I’ve been sewing bandanas for my dogs and the dogs of my family and friends for many years, and it’s something I really enjoy doing.”
“I also love making little treats for my dogs and my friends’ dogs from human-grade ingredients, so I just put the two things together and decided to take the plunge.”
Fox is not alone in this adventure as her sister, Julie Johnson, has been helpful in the baking department. Fox’s best friend, Stephanie Sepich Wilcoxen, also helped out.
“Stephanie does all my tech magic and comes up with absolutely brilliant ideas. We’ve spent a few hundred hours brainstorming and talking about the smallest details. I’m so lucky to have the best team behind me!” said Fox.
What types of bandanas and treats are made for dogs?
“Pawsh Pup makes dog bandanas in all kinds of colors and patterns, and even sassy adult themes. This is one that doesn’t require a collar and is adjustable. Be on the lookout!”
Fox also plans to add cotton bandanas in the near future and flannel bandanas in the fall.
“We plan to offer heat transfer vinyl lettering for customizing your pet’s name on bandanas within the next month,” Fox said.
Pawsh Pup Boutique currently offers three types of treats, with a fourth in a few weeks.
“All treats are made with wholesome, human-grade ingredients and are handmade in small batches by me and my sister,” she said. Blueberry Barkers contains fresh blueberries, peanut butter, whole wheat flour, oats, eggs and cinnamon. Apple PB Droolers contains peanut butter, applesauce, whole wheat flour, oats, Greek yogurt, flax seeds and honey. Carob Crisps contain peanut butter, whole wheat flour, carob chips, oats, milk, Greek yogurt and molasses. Lip Smackin’ Liver contains beef liver, parmesan cheese, egg, whole wheat flour and liver broth. »
Bandanas (sizes XXS-XL) cost between $12 and $22.
“Dog treats come in many ways,” Fox said. “A five-ounce pack of 10 three-inch, hand-rolled, cut and baked cookies for $7.50 or a five-ounce pack of minis for $7.50. You can also get a two-pack three-inch bones for $1.50, which is a great way to try out the different flavors.”
Fox plans to add more to the store.
“We are working on a very thoughtful line of dog/pet bereavement items that I think will be very helpful to people who have lost their best friends. We are also working on a specific line of cat treats and bandanas I’ve also been asked to make bandanas for chickens, and I’m currently working on that.I’m working on handmade durable dog toys, and also a small line of dog bandanas and dog bibs. matching babies.
Pawsh Pup Boutique is an online-only store, however, Fox plans to set up shop at different fairs, markets, and festivals. Customers can keep up to date with the company’s location by following on Facebook, Instagram or on their website, www.pawshpupboutiquebarkery.com.
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