A few months ago, when I first passed by the then-empty storefront next to Buffalo Exchange on Lower Greenville Avenue, I was thrilled to see a temporary sign announcing a new retail store that would carry “holistic, natural, and organic” pet supplies, especially in an area like the M Streets where dogs abound. On May 1, Avenue Barket opened its doors to the public and has been making themselves at home in this dog-loving community. With its large selection of dog foods and treats, along with the incredible affordability of their products, Avenue Barket is sure to have something for everyone who stops in for a visit.
Like many pet industry professionals, owner Cindy Embry previously worked in corporate America but decided to follow her dream of owning a pet supplies store. Her dream brought her to Texas, and after bidding her accounting job goodbye, she set out to open a shop that had a great selection of natural pet foods, toys, treats, and other supplies for dogs and cats. Cindy noticed all the dogs in the Greenville Avenue area and kept her eye on any new properties that might be suitable for a pet supplies store. When she found out that the clothing store that previously occupied 3418 Greenville Avenue was leaving, she quickly contacted the landlord to secure her lease and the rest is history. Cindy decided to name her store Avenue Barket in homage to another store on that retail strip, The Corner Market, as well as Greenville Avenue itself.
Avenue Barket carries a sizable selection of premium natural and raw foods, including Nature’s Variety, Evo, Innova, and Precise product lines. Most of the treats are also all-natural, as are the supplements and remedies. I was surprised to see so many treat brands that I’ve never seen in other stores, including Primal Pet Foods jerky and freeze-dried chicken treats, Healthy Partner Pet Snacks, and Stella & Chewy’s frozen and freeze-dried treats (Cindy’s favorite). Cindy sent me home with some samples of Pet N Shape Chicken Liver treats and premium dog foods, which all three DDL product testers loved. I also purchased three 12-inch buffalo sticks for the unbelievable price of (drumroll, please) $3.10 each.
And that’s what surprised me the most about this store: the prices. I saw $13 medium-sized dog collars, $3 hot spot aloe vera cream, and $10 dog toys – not the usual markups that one might find at a store of this caliber. The prices, as well as the atmosphere, are extremely down-to-earth so you won’t break the bank trying to spoil your furry loved ones. You will, however, be able to find several cutesy pet presents, from pup-cake molds and pet party hats to Pup-Casso Paint Kits for Dogs and Pez for Pets dispensers. Avenue Barket also carries very useful supplies, such as dog backbacks, car hammocks (to keep Fido from crawling over into a vehicle’s front seat), and car seats.
Be sure to stop by Avenue Barket to welcome them to the neighborhood, and feel free to bring your pups along too. The Texas heat can be brutal, and the nice cool concrete floor inside the store will be a welcome relief for your pooch. For more information about Avenue Barket, please visit their website atwww.avenuebarket.com or check out their Facebook page.