Community Bark Dog Wash & Coffee Bar has opened its 2nd store, in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.
Community Bark, one of the nation’s only dog wash and coffee bars, has managed to thrive since opening its first store in Bayside in September 2009, despite challenging economic conditions. It offers dog washing and grooming, dog training, as well as the opportunity for its customers to congregate and sip Alterra coffee in the dog-friendly “Barker Lounge.”
Community Bark Bay View is one of the key retail tenants in new Dwell Bay View building, the 70-unit apartment building recently opened on the corner of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and Conway Avenue.
Andrew Appel, Community Bark’s Founder and a local entrepreneur, explains his choice of Bay View: “Bay View is just the perfect dog-loving, close-knit community for Community Bark. It’s also easily accessible to downtown and the South shore, and the Dwell building provides a fantastic pedestrian-friendly location right in the heart of the neighborhood. We’re so excited to join this wonderful community.”
Community Bark Bay View has a state-of-the-art bathing facility, with five step-in wash tubs and professional grooming dryers. It has a staff of eleven full and part-time employees.
Here are the details for this weekend’s grand opening extravaganza! Community Bark, 326 W Brown Deer Road, Bayside
Friday, May 14 To wet your whistle, we have a lot going on the coffee side: 6:30am to 6pm: FREE COFFEE FRIDAY – free Alterra coffee all day! We’ll also launch our new Community Bark coffee blend, announcing the winner from the coffee naming contest and have a delicious Rishi tea tasting from 3-6 pm
Our Doggy events for Friday include: 3-6 pm: – Professional grooming demonstration (4 pm) – Health Heelers Therapy Dog Screenings* – “Ask the Trainer” booth with Jen Digate – Charcoal Pet Portraits – All Ears Pet Photography* – Animal Communicator* – ROMP (Residents for Off-leash Milwaukee Parks) – Free prizes and giveaways!
Saturday, May 15 from 11am-4pm: – Adoption fair featuring local rescues and the WI Humane Society – Professional grooming demonstration (12PM) – Health Heelers Therapy Dog booth – Training and behavior demonstrations with Jen Digate – Isle of Dogs Coat Consultations – Dog Contests! – Kids’ events -Face painting -Water balloon toss -Balloon Animals
*To sign up for times for therapy dog screenings, animal communicator, or photography, please call 414 DOG WASH (364-9274).