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The Pup Stop at Greenbank Farm, a perfect stop for you and your dog

by Carolyn Tamler 17th June 2024

 

A new business has opened at Greenbank Farm that offers a large selection of dog treats and supplies (and now cat treats and supplies, as well).

 

Ned Fortson invites people to come to the store to shop and relax with their pets in an atmosphere that is friendly and fun for the animals and their owners.  He says “I just wanted to create a ‘pawsitive’ experience for hounds and their humans”

 

Ned has visited Whidbey a lot the last 30 years—his dad owns a place here—but he finally moved more permanently to Whidbey five years ago to be with his girlfriend (Hollie Swanson, the owner of the wine shop at Greenbank farm) and worked recently at a local bank. Ned’s previous professional background was primarily in academia and as a research statistician.  He had never owned a retail business but when the space opened up he saw an opportunity to combine his love for animals, the farm, and the needs of the dog walking community.

 

 

Ned walks often on the hill at the dog park.  Through chatting with people on the hill and at the wine shop, he saw the need for a business that would offer dog supplies to the numerous dog owners walking their pets each day at the farm. He realized that “People here were asking for a shop for dogs for a long time.”

 

When people stop by with their dogs, Ned and his assistant, Claire Picardat invite them to come in and take a “sniff tour” for dogs to choose from the wide variety of treats.  Dogs are offered free samples. There is also regular dog and cat food as well as many toys and accessories like leashes and harnesses.  Dogs and their owners are invited to sit down and relax on the dog friendly couches.  Ned also provides free coffee and “human treats” to the dog owners.  There is also local art from Sarah Showell and others displayed for purchase on the walls.

One of the main reasons that Ned says he began this business in April was that, “It seemed like a fun thing to do and a way to give to the community here.”

 

If you own a dog, or if you have a friend who has a dog for a companion, Ned invites you to come by the store at Greenbank Farm (765 Wonn Road, #C101), and spend time looking around and visiting.  Current hours are Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (closed Tuesdays).  Your dog will thank you when you bring something special home (so will your cat).

 

Posted by WhidbeyLocal
17th June 2024 3:59 am.
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