Soirées for Spot

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Culture Issue: September 2015
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Photo courtesy The Dog PartyPeople who have dogs tend to be somewhat obsessive about them. All you have to do is check out Facebook or Instagram and you’ll see countless canine posts. (Guilty.) Some dogs even have their own social media accounts.

To help dog owners pamper their cherished pets, sisters Hailey Frances and Breezie Gindlesperger started The Dog Party, an in-home trunk show (think Pampered Chef) for dog owners and their canine buddies.

Gindlesperger and her sister, Frances, a former reporter and anchor at 12 News and the new face of CW6, had always wanted to go into business together. The concept of The Dog Party blossomed from their own love of dogs and the lack of “fashion-forward pet products,” Gindlesperger says.

Here's how it works: A host invites a group of friends over with their dogs, provides refreshments for humans and pups, and guests peruse the merchandise, which includes collars, leashes, toys and vintage bandanas, as well as apparel for the owners. “We have pretty much anything you’d want to elevate your dog’s style,” Gindlesperger says. Most products they sell are American-made.

The sisters also stage birthday parties for dogs and partner with local Picket Fence Pastries and Happy Tails Barkery to provide dog treats. To spice up the party, the sisters can provide dog-themed decorations such as banners and letter balloons that spell out the dog’s name. The parties are free and the host gets $75 to spend on pet merchandise.

While they started out doing parties in people’s homes and still do, Frances and Gindlesperger are branching out to hold events at local restaurants.“We like to partner with local businesses as much as possible to be able to introduce people to pet-friendly patios,” Frances says.

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