Cheryl Lamparelli: Buffalo Barkery
What made you start your business and why?
After losing our beloved Jack Russell Beethoven unexpectedly, I didn’t think I could ever go through that again. It wasn't until I met our little rescue Bruno. I knew we had to have him. I wanted to be sure we did what we could to keep him healthy and started doing research on dog food, treats and toys. When I saw what type of ingredients were in most dog food and treats, I was shocked. I started comparing recipes with my sister-in-law, who had two dogs of her own. We shared recipes for treats and discussed different dog foods. It was then that I realized I would love to share this information with others. Maggie and I had a discussion about opening our own shop and things progressed from there.
What community organizations are you involved with?
Currently the City Of Buffalo Animal Shelter has been our focus. As a business, we try to donate and help any organization that works with saving animals.
Do you have any pets? Names, ages
Our sweet nine year old dog Bruno who is a Chow/Lab mix (according to his DNA test). I believe he truly thinks I gave birth to him.
What are your long-term goals?
Long-term goals are many. A larger location for our shop would be a great start. This would give us the opportunity to carry more products for our customers and possibly hold adoption events working with local rescues. Coordinating more events to raise money to help more animals get adopted and selling special items with the proceeds going to help animals. Work with local businesses to make Buffalo a more “pet friendly” city. Encouraging restaurants with patios, retail stores and other public places to become pet friendly.
What do you do for fun?
I like to try new restaurants and bars in the area. I also love to travel. Sometimes to explore and other times just to sit on the beach and relax. No matter where we go, we always check out pet shops in the area.
Anything else you would like to add?
My husband Nick and I have been married 32 years. We have two wonderful grown children (Boy and Girl), daughter-in-law, grandson and two grand-dogs.
Band: No Faves - I like all types of music from all decades, but I’ll never change the station when Journey, Madonna or Michael Jackson come on.
Movie/TV Show: Pretty Woman will always be a favorite movie. Grey’s, NCIS and of course HGTV and DIY Network.
Bar or Restaurant: Toutant
Place to go to unwind: On the couch with Bruno laying on my legs
Food: I am definitely a meat and potato girl, but I also love some good seafood.
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