Just Dogs! Gourmet

 
 
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
— Roger Caras
 
 

The Idea

"In 2006, my husband and I stopped at a mall kiosk called Just Dogs! Gourmet in Nashville, Tennessee. We brought some of their all-natural peppermint dog biscuits home to our golden retriever, Breezer. And he loved them! So much so that we decided to get into the business ourselves. The next year, we joined the Just Dogs! Gourmet franchise, opening a kiosk at the Mall of America. A few years later in 2010, the franchisor closed--but we wanted to keep going. We now own the name and product. Ever since we started this journey in 2007, our bakers have been tweaking our recipes to be the very best. Our mission is to share delicious, wholesome treats with all our furry friends."

The Location

The main dig = Mall of America

"What better place to open business than in the United States' largest retail and entertainment complex? The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, gets over 40 million visitors a year, so there's never a boring day at our kiosk."

Additional locations

The last year has seen some great growth! Here are some other places you can find our treats:

  • Our bakery in South St. Paul
  • Lunds & Byerlys Bone Marché
  • Select groomers

The People

"The best part about this business is the people we've met. We've made so many new friends who've become customers, employees, vendors, and suppliers. Our love for our dogs sparks relationships we never would've made otherwise. So I want to thank my sister and her husband, Pat and Steve, and my husband, Mark, for taking the leap into running a dog treat business with me. And thank you to our wonderful customers, our fabulous employees, and our very discerning quality control board – our loving dogs." 

- Karen, co-owner of Just Dogs! Gourmet.