TEXT AND PHOTOS BY HEATHER DOWDY
Recently, I stopped in to see our friends at Woof Gang Bakery, a beautiful pet boutique located in Franklin inside the Westhaven lifestyle community. Owner Mike Burbridge opened the shop over the holidays, and it already has plenty of fans--this dog mom included!
Not only does Woof Gang offer their own line of delicious, premium dog cookies, pupcakes and more, but they also carry a great selection of premium and holistic pet foods and treats, as well as supplies, accessories, toys and more. They also offer full service grooming and a DYI dog wash.
Their beautiful front porch overlooks the Westhaven lake, and is the perfect spot to settle into an Adirondack chair and sip a glass of wine while your pooch schmoozes with local pups. (Did I mention that the boutique serves complimentary WINE to pup parents?!)
And while your pup can't partake in your fermented beverage, he can enjoy chomping on one of the fabulous, fun doggie drinks, such as "Barkardi" and "Cerveza Dogs Equis".
Even if you haven't yet been to Woof Gang's Franklin location, the name may sound familiar to you. That's because the franchise has been successful in a number of southeastern states, popular in such cities as Asheville, North Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.
Mike wanted to bring Woof Gang's trademark style, products and reputation to Middle Tennessee's pups and people. But he wanted to make sure it served as more than just a place to shop for pet pals. "I really want this to be a gathering place for people and their dogs," he says. "We offer complimentary coffee and wine, and a comfortable, lounge-style seating area. We want people to come in here to relax and mingle as much as to shop."
And he has succeeded. I spent twice as long there talking to other pet lovers as I did rounding up my items, which included these fabulous dog mugs I just couldn't leave without!
Of course, I also had to take our rescued pittie, Briley, some snacks. I brought home some of Woof Gang's signature treat line, which come in great flavors like Pizza Pie, Pumpkin Bites, Shepherd's Pie and Pumpkin and Cranberry.
Briley adores the Peanut Butter & Blueberry flavor... and this handmade PB doggie ice cream that they sell as well! (Right after she sat long enough for this photo, she demolished it.)
And I am in love with their Rescue-Adopt-Rehome bag that shows their tremendous dedication to the local animal rescue community! In fact, they often host pet adoption days at their store. (Mike might
or might not have even adopted a dog that was featured at his grand opening. I love meeting other rescue dog #suckers!)
In addition to bagged foods, Woof Gang offers frozen raw and dehydrated pet diets.
And, of course, more doggie baked goods than Fido can shake a stick at.
The fun selection of dog collars, bowties, accessories, gifts and toys are wonderful as well.
They also have a great selection of shampoos and grooming products--as well as t-shirts that support our friends at Tails of the Trail!
Want to check it out for yourself? Woof Gang Bakery is located at 1001 Westhaven Boulevard #150 in Franklin. They are always hosting fun in-store and community events, so be sure to check out their website and also connect with their Facebook page for updates. You'll also find them on Instagram @woofgangbakeryfranklin.