This month on the My Carolina Today show I had the opportunity to talk about some great local people making delicious and nutritious dog treats.
Having two dogs of my own, I am very conscientious about what they eat. I buy all my dog food and treats at Oliver’s Collar and while I can’t remember the brand name of the food I buy, it is a grain free ,lamb and lentil mix. My dogs love it.
As for treats, they’ve never met a treat they didn’t like. The best part is that Oliver’s Collar makes their own treats, cookies and cupcakes AND sell Barley Labs and Chew Monster. It’s one stop doggy shopping for me. Since I usually have to swing into The Streets of Southpoint once a week, I’ve started to make sure I go sometime between Thursday and Sunday when I know Good Grace’s will have their kiosk open. After watching the My Carolina Today video, you will know just how good their tumbleweed treats are =)
On a fun note, respond with
your favorite doggy picture a sentence or two of your favorite doggy moment between now and Sunday. Monday morning I will randomly choose a winner to receive a box of treats from Oliver’s Collar, Barley Labs and Chew Monster. If you mention seeing the My Carolina Today show at either Good Grace’s mall kiosks, they will give you a 15% discount.
Below you will find everything you need to know about these fabulous Triangle businesses.
Video from My Carolina Today, and yes, you will see me eating dog treats.
Good Grace’s Handmade Dog Treats
All of our treats are handmade with all human-grade ingredients with no chemicals, preservatives, coloring or additives
We offer 16 different flavors
Eight of our flavors are Wheat-Free/Gluten-Free with six of those being strictly Grain-Free
We incorporate ingredients with specific health benefits to dogs (see attachment)
We sell our treats in variety bags, enabling our customers to choose whichever flavors they’d like, therefore only paying for flavors they know their dogs love. Absolutely customizable!
Each bag has a picture of one of our “Wagnificent Customers” on the bag, and yes, you can order bags with your dog’s picture on them. Personalized!
We currently sell our treats at four local farmer’s markets: Western Wake (Cary), South Durham, Midtown (Raleigh, North Hills Mall), and Holly Springs as well as many, many special events and festivals year-round throughout the triangle. Thursdays-Sundays we occupy kiosks at the Streets at Southpoint Mall (Chipotle/Panera Bread entrance) and at the Cary Towne Center Mall (near the food court).
Currently, the best way to find us is through our Facebook page (GoodGracesDogTreatsInc) with a website/online store set to launch at the end of the year.
Chew Monster Dog Treats
We started in 2011 to turn the hobby of baking with spent grain from home brewing into a business. Chew Monster perfectly combines our love of dogs, beer, and the environment.
We use locally-farmed ingredients, so our treats feed back into the local economy while, more importantly, leading to the freshest treat possible. (These ingredients include our organic whole wheat flour, eggs, honey, natural peanut butter, and sweet potatoes.)
Our treats do not contain corn, soy, meal, or preservatives of any sort. After baking, they undergo a lengthy dehydration to ensure a shelf life of over 6 months.
We follow environmentally sustainable practices such as composting kitchen byproducts, using biodegradable packaging printed locally with soy-based inks, and “upcycling” malted barley from the beer brewing process.
All of our flavors are made with five or fewer ingredients, all of which are natural and easy to recognize. We also offer a wheat-free flavor in addition to our “spent grain” flavors.
About the Treats
- All-natural made with four simple ingredients:
- Recycled barley from Fullsteam Brewery
- Whole wheat flour
- Natural flavor component: peanut butter, pumpkin, or cheddar cheese from Durham’s Cultured Cow Creamery
- MSRP $6.49 for an 8 oz. bag
- 10 cents from every bag sold donated to the Animal Protection Society of Durham as a way to honor our rescue dog Barley who inspired the business
About Using Beer Grain
- Scott is a home brewer and learned he could make dog treats from the leftover barley (“spent grain”) used in the beer making process.
- During the beer making process, the barley has been steeping in water. Brewers then separate the grain from the water. The water is used to make beer. The grain that is left is what we use to create the treats.
- There’s no beer in the treats so no drunk dogs, just happy ones.
Sourcing the Grain from Fullsteam
- We needed a grain source so we contacted CEO Sean Lilly Wilson at Fullsteam because we are a huge fan of their beer and their very dog-friendly bar.
- They donate most of their grain to local farmers who use it as feed and agreed to supply some to us to use for our treats.
- We specifically use the grain from Fullsteam’s Southern Lager because it’s 100% barley and it is a light colored grain – we didn’t want the treats to be too dark.
Where to Buy Barley Labs
- Nearly 70 stores carry Barley Labs; Full store list available at barleylabs.com/buylocal
- Some specific stores in the Triangle area include:
- Fullsteam, Bean Traders, Oliver’s Collar, Bull Street Gourmet & Market, Harris Teeter
- AniMall, Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter, NOFO at the Pig
- Chapel Hill
- Weaver Street Market (all three locations), Harris Teeter
Holiday Gift Pack
- Will only be available at barleylabs.com for $14
- 5 oz. bags of each flavor of our treats (peanut butter, pumpkin, and cheese)
- Barley Labs pint glass
- All packed into a Barley Labs gift box
- Theresa Chu and Scott Beaudry – Co-owners
- Barley, Chief Inspiration Officer and VP of Quality Control; Hops, Director of PR
- All of our treats, cookies, and cakes are baked on site including 3 flavors of doggie ice cream.
- Oliver’s Collar products are wheat, corn and soy free.
- Our cookies are frosted with a sugar-free yogurt icing using all natural decorating colors.
- We bake custom birthday cakes using cream cheese icing and all natural decorating colors (minimum 3 days notice for custom orders).
- The store also sells dog food, toys, accessories, etc.
Our products are available at Oliver’s Collar as well as 17 other retail shops across NC, PA and VA (see www.oliverscollar.com for locations).
4711 Hope Valley Road, Suite 4B, Durham NC 27707