For the pet loving entrepreneur, their unique business also comes as a franchise opportunity.
Tell us a little about Best Buddies.
Best Buddies is a wonderland for dog and dog owners. We carry safe, stylish and affordable products to help take care of the four legged members of your family. From collars and leashes to designer beds and gourmet treats. We have it all. We also have many events for adults and kids such as “Art Day” where you get to paint your very own ceramic dog bowl and then take it home. We provide dog photography with a professional photographer in our studio. We also do free doggie ice cream every other Sunday and “Hump Day” (Happy Hour) every other Wednesday.
What inspired you to launch your business?
We started Best Buddies because we feel a need to provide the very best to the dogs that give is so much love in our lives. Dog parks and dog friendly restaurants are becoming more popular than ever and people are bringing their dogs with them on outings. It’s only natural that there would be a retail experience for people and their dogs.
What are some of the things that separate you from your competition?
We provide excellent customer service, products you won’t find anywhere else and an environment to rival the best shops in Beverly Hills. Our store is like none other. From the minute you walk in you notice you are in a special store, it’s not a typical pet shop by any means.
Do you think you’ll ever expand from dogs into other pet accessories?
The world of dog accessories is huge and just keeps growing. From time to time we may carry some cat accessories, but as a whole we specialize in dog accessories.
When did you launch your franchise opportunity?
We just started franchising this June. We are very excited to be able to share our passion for dogs with other people throughout the US.
What does your opportunity entail?
We are offering our store as is in all markets within the contiguous 48 states. We will share both our supplier base and knowledge base with any interested party.
What are your requirements?
We require that the interested party have prior experience with retail, have a good business sense and of course a love of dogs.
What lessons have you learned since you started your business?
We have learned that dealing with dogs is way more fun than just regular retail, but it does require more work. Cleanliness is number one and making sure the items we sell are safe goes right along with it.
Do you have any goals you’d like to reach in the next year or so?
We’d like to have at least 3 franchises open by this time next year.
Any advice you’d like to share with other entrepreneurs that are thinking about turning their own business into a franchise?
Now’s the time. If you have a winning concept and you have the passion to move forward with it, do it.