Last week, a friend called and admonished me for not reporting on what has been happening of late in downtown Statesboro. I took her "delicately" phrased criticism to heart and hit the streets, because frankly she was right. And boy, am I glad I did.
I had the pleasure of visiting with Jenna Holloway, the owner of Bark in the Boro, an upscale pet dog boutique that is slated to open October 1 on East Main across from Free Spirit Pottery.
I know, you all are thinking to yourselves, who would open a pet store when Petco is coming this Fall and another successful pet store is already here - Pets and People. Well, Bark in the Boro is a boutique that is going to be very different from either of those, and in fact is just plain unique.
Though many of you may not know Holloway, you may have seen her dog Corky, this year's winner of the Statesboro Herald Pet Idol contest. Holloway loves Corky - her Yorkie - and that special relationship has blossomed into a passion for pampering one's dog.
"The research shows that people love their dogs, and love to spend money on their dogs," Holloway said. "I have looked at dozens of pet stores, and I have tried to bring together a collection of products from all over the country that really are the best."
Case in point - dog collars. Holloway found a dog collar for Corky made by a designer that lives in Hollywood, Ca. Holloway convinced the designer to let her carry the collar line in her new store. Holloway's will be the first retail outlet to carry the collars in the country, and let me be the first to say they are fabulous.
"I just fell in love with these collars," Holloway said. "We will have collars for the smallest to the largest dogs. When you see them, you just want to put one of these on your dog."
In addition to collars, Holloway will carry apparel and accessories, carriers, beds, grooming supplies, toys, organic food, feeding dishes, and treat jars. The store's tag line is "a touch of canine class for pets and the people who love them."
Holloway shared a list of her suppliers with me, and I got a kick out of some of the names - Dressed to the Canine's, Diva Dog, Mu*Shu, FouFou Dog, VIPoochy, Poochie of Beverly Hills, Pawsitively Posh, and Happy Tails to name a few.
When I visited with Holloway, she was busy unpacking new merchandise from clothing items to pet food. From what I can tell at this juncture, Bark in the Boro is going to be beautiful store and have the true feel of an upscale boutique. For the dog devotee, it is going to be pure fun.