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A pet boutique

'Bark in the Boro' opens

Jenna Holloway and
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Jenna Holloway and "Corky" pose in front of a display at Bark in the Boro on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Jake Hallman
Jenna Holloway and

December 01, 2008

    Devoted pet owners now have a new place to outfit their furry friends. "Bark in the Boro," downtown Statesboro’s newest business, opened its doors last Friday, Sept. 26, on East Main Street.
    “I wanted to bring the best products possible to Statesboro for people who love their dogs, in a way that is as eco-friendly as possible,” Jenna Holloway, owner of Bark in the Boro, said. Holloway owns the shop with her mother and silent partner, Jessie Strickland.
    Residents of Statesboro may remember Holloway and her dog, "Corky," from the Pet Idol contest earlier this year at Holloway said that the 3-year-old Yorkshire Terrier played a big role in the decision to open the business.
    “Corky was my inspiration for the store,” Holloway said. “I couldn’t find anything that was stylish and high-quality for him, so I decided to open a store.”
    The boutique is both pet- and owner-friendly; pets on leashes are welcomed. Both dogs and owners can enjoy the sitting area, complete with couches and a flat-screen television that broadcasts — you guessed it — Animal Planet. There are even doggie dressing rooms at the rear of the store.
    “We have two “poochie suites” with Dr. Livingston beds and feeding dishes,” Holloway said.
    And there is plenty to try on — the pet boutique offers up everything from argyle sweaters and t-shirts to leashes, and carries the clothing and accessories in sizes ranging from toy to Great Dane (6XXX).
    “A lot of people think that we just carry sizes for small dogs,” Holloway said. “We have (products) for big dogs, too — and we can do special orders on anything.”
    Bark in the Boro carries dog clothing from labels including Oscar Newman, Ruff Ruff Couture, and others. Additionally, patrons can find handmade jeweled collars from Dressed to the Canines, as well as swarovski crystal retractable leashes that are used by stars including Jessica Alba. The boutique also has a selection of Puchi bags, as seen in the movie “Legally Blonde.”
    In addition to clothing, the boutique sells specialty organic dog and cat food by manufacturer Stella and Chewy that is free of corn, wheat and soy products, which Holloway said many pets are allergic to. Additionally, the store carries gourmet treats that are all natural, and in fun people-food shapes like bacon and eggs, muffins and iced cookies.
    The store also offers a selection of essential oils and other all-natural spa products for pets.
    “We are the only place in Statesboro that pet owners can find the Spa Organics line, which is a collection of completely organic shampoos and conditioners for pets,” Holloway said.
    For dog owners looking for the perfect Halloween costume, the store carries a selection of outfits ranging from bumblebees to football players.
    “We have sold ten costumes already, and it’s only the first day of October,” Holloway said.
    Bark in the Boro is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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