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An American Pet Boutique Who Had a Dream

Posted by Michelle, founder of Paws pet boutique in Annapolis, MD and on

Paws Pet Boutique in Annapolis, MD

As Memorial Day fast approaches and people are thinking forward to their summer plans, I find it's a good time to sit back and reflect on my country and my opportunities.

Back in 1999 I had a dream to start a small business that would offer my community a place to come together and celebrate relationships with our companion animals. My goal was to offer unique items for dogs, cats and people, while actively giving back to the community and animal charities. This 15+ year journey introduced me to so many amazing people, animals and organizations that are truly making a difference in this world for animals. I sit here grounded with gratitude for this opportunity, which brings me back to my country, the United States of America. 

Dog Mugs and Entertaining Animal Goods

Fortunately I grew up in an environment that allowed me the freedom to make my own choices and work hard for the things in which I believe. This freedom has shaped the decisions we make as a business. Much time and thought goes into selecting our products. You may have noticed that Paws pet boutique has a shopping category designated for U.S. Made Goods on our website. Perhaps you have visited our Annapolis shop and spotted the 'Made in America' stickers identifying many of our products. Yes, we make a concerted effort to offer U.S. made products from small businesses because many of these small businesses started with a dream just like mine. So when you buy one of our cat or dog coffee mugs, you are supporting an artist and her associates who create these whimsical pottery pieces. Or when you pick up a hemp mouse catnip toy and hemp-lined dog collar, you are supporting small businesses that are passionate about the environment and have chosen to offer eco-conscious products that use hemp fabric and organic catnip to reduce the use of pesticides. 

Unique Collars Made in USA

Our American made collar selection is extensive and we are proud to know we are supporting small businesses who work hard to beautifully sew our unique dog collars and leashes. Our paw jewelry is made locally as well as our dog cakes and hand-painted holiday balls. I could go on and on.

So as I reflect on where I've been and where I am with my small business, I know for sure we would not be here if it wasn't for our loyal customers and hard-working Paws team. I also know that supporting small businesses allows us to offer unique products and keep the dreams alive for many others. There is a reason so much time and thought goes into selecting the goods we offer at Paws pet boutique.

We will continue to work hard to listen to our customers and community and search out unique items for you to enjoy - all while supporting as many small, U.S. business as possible.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and every day we are given. Thank you for your support!