The K9 cookie confectionery opens a window.
MONTVILLE – When its new window at 1031 Rte. 32 in Uncasville opens its doors, Michelle Bilby can’t wait to see her furry clients in person.
âWe are delighted to see all of the dogs,â she said.
Bilby will be opening the physical location of the K9 Cookie Confectionary LLC starting this weekend, if all paperwork is settled. While the store carries a variety of pet supplies, it is all about healthy dog ââtreats.
Bilby started his online business two years ago, after working for 12 years in a veterinary clinic.
âGoing to Wal-Mart or even Petco, there aren’t a lot of healthy snack options that are low in fat, so I decided to create my own recipes,â Bilby said.
In particular, Bilby, who has owned overweight dogs, said giving a dog something like a milk bone is like a Milky Way bar in terms of fat content. In the K9 Cookie Confectionary treats, Bilby said there were no preservatives, no added fat, salt or sugar. Some of its ingredients include pumpkin, applesauce, and whole wheat flour.
Bilby said things got off to a good start as she already knew a lot of people at the vet clinic who would tell their friends about her treats. Most of K9 Cookie Confectionary’s business is local, but Bilby has received orders from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida. The online business, in which she worked alongside a normal full-time job, grew so much that she needed to have a physical store.
âI was just about too big for my house so there was stuff just about everywhere for baking,â Bilby said. “I had my own desk down there, but after a while you get so many different ingredients and different boxes and everything, and I got too big.”
Bilby said that with the store front being on a main road, she’s hoping her goodies get a lot of attention.
âMost people love their dogs more than their children on certain days,â said Alissa Schroeder, Bilby’s sister and the new store manager of K9 Cookie Confectionary. “Some people don’t have children and their dogs are their children.”
New London resident Lauren Davis, who works for the new K9 Cookie confectionery location, is excited to see something nearby, given that she just celebrated her one-year-old dog’s birthday and is she didn’t want to receive a treat from Amazon for her pooch.
âThat would be really cool for all the dogs around here, give them that little extra something,â Davis said.
The new store will be open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Wednesday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed on Sunday. Find more information on the website at https://www.k9cookieconfectionery.com/