A partnership between a Kansas City-bred, all-natural dog treat brand and one of the metro’s hottest spots for four-legged meetups is a natural pairing, said David Hensley, noting both businesses are centered around the goal of bringing joy to people and their pets.
“We’ve been working with Three Dog Bakery for a while now to provide doggie cookies and dog birthday cakes for some of our events, so it made a lot of sense to have a Three Dog Bakery retail spot right here at Bar K,” said Hensley, who co-founded the popular dog bar with Leib Dodell in 2016. “Any time you can align with a company that shares a passion and has such a great reputation is going to be very exciting.”
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Founded more than 30 years ago as a maker of high-quality dog treats, Three Dog Bakery is headquartered in Kansas City with 45 retail bakery franchises.
Three Dog Bakery’s Bar K location — which can be found in a 20-foot shipping container next to Petfinder Park — is completely one-of-a-kind, said Ally Homa, who serves as the marketing director for Three Dog Bakery.
“The biggest difference with this location is that Bar K allows us the opportunity to host birthday parties with their space,” Homa explained. “The way we partner with them is that we provide things like the birthday cake, the party hats, and then you can choose à la carte add ons such as bar kuterie boards, pupcakes and our lickety split treats.”
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Three Dog Bakery hosted a grand opening Aug. 1 to mark “Dogust” — the designated month to celebrate birthdays for rescue dogs since a majority of owners do not know their actual birth dates.
“North Shore Animal League started this tradition that [August] 1st is the universal birthday of dogs in shelters that don’t have an official birthday,” Homa noted. “So we thought it would be really fun to do a fundraiser for shelters in our communities — not just in Kansas City but in our entire chain of stores. Each of those stores also donated a large bone cake to a local rescue shelter, so that they could have a little party for all their rescue pups.”
Throughout the month, Three Dog Bakery locations are selling pet bandanas for $5 with the proceeds going to local rescue shelters. From sales at the Bar K location, donations will be sent to Melissa’s Second Chances in Shawnee and Lucky 13 Rescue in Kansas City.
Three Dog Bakery at Bar K is open 5 p.m. to 8 p.m Monday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
Outside of the bakery’s operating hours, dog treats and cakes are available for purchase at the Bar K restaurant, Hensley added.
“Most of our members were already big fans of Three Dog Bakery and the feedback has just been really positive,” Hensley said. “… We’re starting [the partnership] here in Kansas City, and as we expand, we are talking about the possibility of incorporating Three Dog into future locations.”
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