I Can’t Believe I Own A Dog Store!

I Can’t Believe I Own A Dog Store!!! And a Designer One (oh my!!!). 

Our journey here is as a family. Here is a  brief look at each of us and who we are, who we  were and becoming :

Cindi (me)… I lived in Denver for almost 20 years.  I worked at a couple of different tv stations as a sales person and manager.  However,  always dreamed of working for myself (especially owning a dog store). I was in my mid 30’s living in Denver with no kids (only furry ones).  Shopping and designer everything was so much fun.  Cherry Creek Mall for lunch and a shopping trip was a good Saturday.   Things changed when we decided to have a baby (Cyrus now 9).   I moved back close to my family (about an hour out of Denver) with a child on the way, husband Andy, and 2 dogs and 2 cats.  Shopping is still fun but a little harder with a 9 year old boy.  He loves the lunches on the patio just not the shopping part (unless its Apple Store and that can get expensive). 

 Travel and seeing different places is something important to us. Schools probably wouldn’t like how much we go so Cyrus is homeschooled.  The past year and a half  we started taking the 3 little dogs with us.   It is fun just changes it up a bit.  My sister and I bought a wine store together for our first exploration.  8 years later it has been great.  We have added traveling to beautiful wine country to the mix and get to explore and learn for our business. Wine Country is one of my favorite places to go, (dogs and wine?  right? )

Finally an opportunity came to buy an online dog store.  My sister started working with Melissa in September 2017 and just recently it became ours!  It is so exciting… it is all about shopping for our loved ones, looking cute (we still can too but now we have a dog with style too), and just having fun!

 

family in wine country
family in wine country
Cindi Andy and Cyrus (and Hope) in Carmel
Cindi Andy and Cyrus (and Hope) in Carmel

 

Cheri- (written by Cindi with her approval of course).  Cheri has lived close to mom and dad where we moved back to.  She also worked in advertising at the local newspaper and Comcast Cable. She loves to shop…did I say she loves to shop!  Ask Cyrus some time about going to the mall with her and he can tell you.   In and out of every store and trying on for hours.  He will also always tell you she is the best auntie ever.  Shoes are her weakness.  So if you ever see her look to see what it might be she is wearing.  They are probably cute and unusual or pink.  

We bought the liquor store 8 years ago and have traveled about the US to various places.   Most recently have taken the little yips with us or as Cyrus named them the yippie chics.  Her favorite place ever is Key West so we all try to go down together once a year.  Her and her husband Jason usually go once a year as well.   We have been talking about buying a dog store together for a few years.  She actually found this store as she was a customer for her 2 little dogs.  She loved what was sold and got to know Melissa.  She approached Melissa how to start a store or any ideas and we ended up buying hers!  Thanks Melissa!!!  We love it already so much!

Cheri and Jason in Wine Country
Cheri and Jason in Wine Country
cheri and jason in key west
cheri and jason in key west

Cyrus-( written by Cindi his mom so no approval needed)—the 9 year old boy. Need we say more?  His dream since meeting his Lucy (our Lab rescue) is to transport rescue dogs.  Needless to say we have not gotten there yet on the rescue part. (other than adopting them ourselve.  Dogs and cats are a big part of his life so he is super excited to help with the dog store. He is homeschooled by an online school Liberty Christian University.   He has some flexibility to travel and help us out with the store and not get behind.  His favorite place to travel to (believe it or not…he must be my son) is Sonoma CA.  I was so worried to take him there the first time.  We kept wondering what a kid can do there,  but the beauty  is so amazing it even captured him.  He likes to youtube so he will help us out with some vlogs (videos on you tube on the store 🙂 and social media . 

Cyrus Cindi and Hope at the Broadmoor
Cyrus Cindi and Hope at the Broadmoor
Cyrus and Hope in Key West
Cyrus and Hope in Key West

 

Ginger (Mom—written by Cindi again with approval)-the best mom and gigi ever!  She was a stay at home mom who raised two girls to be strong ,independent, entrepreneurs.  Our dad worked hard and still spent a lot of time with us when he could.  He wanted mom to be with us and to teach us values and to be nice caring girls.  She also has helped with Cyrus since he was born and has seen him almost every day of his life.  We all love to travel around the US together (now with the dogs).   We like to just have fun, see beautiful places, try new food, shop, and enjoy life.   She is such an important center of all our lives.  She has a cat that they saved after being attacked by something.  They fed her by bottle until she could eat on her own.  About 1 year ago she adopted a little 3 lb yorkie named Lexi.  We are getting mom used to dressing the little angel up.  The dog loves it and looks so cute. mom is getting used to it.  Mom, Cheri, Cyrus and I all love to spend time together as a family.   We enjoy all we are able to do together!

Thanks for being our customers and we want you to know us and we want to get to know you too! 

Cheri Gigi and Cyrus with the yippy chics in San Diego
Cheri Gigi and Cyrus with the yippy chics in San Diego
Family in Key West
Family in Key West