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Dog bakery/toy shop called Amelie’s Bark Shop coming to fountain building

An online natural dog-treat bakery is going the brick-and-mortar route across the street from the fountain.

Amelie’s Bark Shop is shooting to open this summer at 1544 E. Passyunk Ave. Owner Jackie Starker says she’ll offer natural baked in-house dog treats, as well as eco-friendly pet products from handmade crafters.

Starker, whose online business used to be called Pupcakes, said she outgrew her kitchen. The new business is named after her own dog, Amelie.

There she is with a doggie bandanna ($15 on the Etsy store, where we got this picture)

There she is with a doggie bandanna ($15 on the Etsy store, where we got this picture)

The building, which is next door to the corner building that had the holiday card to the neighborhood, was most recently used as a private home, but at one point it seemed like it might have been an unlicensed Indian catering kitchen. There was no sign, just a menu posted in the window. Before that, we hear it was a flower shop.

The one in the middle with the white siding.

The one in the middle with the white siding.

And now a doggie bakery. Quite the evolution, no?

Find Amelie’s on Facebook here and on Etsy here

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13 Responses to Dog bakery/toy shop called Amelie’s Bark Shop coming to fountain building

  1. Kelly April 4, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    Interesting…I mean, Doggie Style is just up the street, and has bakery and toys aplenty…

    • AnthonyG April 4, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      Doggie Style does NOT have a bakery, and I’m pretty certain they don’t even make their own dog treats off-site. They’re just buying them from a whole supplier like any other pet store.

      • Patricia April 5, 2014 at 10:53 am #

        Absolutely right! I am very excited for my pup to have an all natural alternative to commercially packacked foods. The concept sounds great with more opportunities for hand-made crafters. Best of luck!

      • Jackie April 9, 2014 at 10:49 am #

        Thank you for the support Anthony and Patricia. We’re looking forward to providing the community with our own high-quality treats using only the best local ingredients. And, our amazing baker, Joanna, is a Passyunk resident who always has her finger on the South Philly pulse. Our goal is to make eco-friendly, handmade, hyper-local products readily available for your very deserving pet!

    • Nick April 15, 2014 at 10:18 am #

      Doggie Style is a joke, It’s the same owner of the so called rescue Operation Ava. The rescue is all about profit. The owner of Doggie Style Howard Nelson has euthanized many pets for adoption. Between 2010-2013 341 dogs/cats have been euthanized for no reason besides not finding a home quick enough. 2013 same reason 117 euthanized. I have lots of proof to follow my facts. Papers signed off by Howard Nelson to euthanize these animals. The products at Doggie Style are horrible, look at the expiration on the food items, they sell expired food by either rubbing off the expiration or covering it with a sticker. The company is shady and owes hundreds of thousands to vendors. Do your research next to you shop at Doggie Style or Operation Ava. Google “Howard Nelson – Doggie Style – Operation Ava”

    • Nick April 15, 2014 at 10:23 am #

      Doggie Style buys the bakery items expired or items that can’t sell from sitting around from “Pawsitively Gourmet” or “Tail Bangers” Both bakery’s are now local and refuse to buy anything without a 90% markup.

  2. Matthew April 4, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    There are tons of great cafes and italian restaurants along the avenue. Why not more than one pet place to provide product variety and alternative choices??

    • ProvWitout April 15, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

      Because a pet place should be off somewhere in some strip mall. Not on Passyunk Avenue…

      • BetterWitDogs April 18, 2014 at 11:16 am #

        @ProvWitout, Not sure you noticed but there are more dogs than kids on Passyunk these days.

  3. Taryn April 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    so excited for Jackie and this is a great presence for the avenue! She helped coordinate alot of events for designphiladelphia and I have a feeling along with the help of the rest of the retailers on this happenin’ ave, we can ramp up the shopping experience down here!

    • Jackie April 9, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks so much for the support Taryn! DesignPhiladelphia was a great introduction to what can be done with a strong community-driven shopping and dining corridor. I look forward to working with Era Atomica and the other amazing businesses along East Passyunk to continue to grow a unique retail experience.

  4. ProvWitout April 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    This is just stupid…

    • AnthonyG April 21, 2014 at 8:44 am #

      Yeah, Provie, I feel ya. I’m sure you’d prefer a tracksuit and flip-flop store, but that’s not where the market is anymore.

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