Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Lifestyles

April 14, 2013

Howl couture

Shop fits canines with clothing, assessories, more

SCIOTOVILLE — You might hear high-pitched barking before you enter The Dog Bonetique, a specialty store selling all things dog.

The sound would be coming from Jasmine, a 12-year-old Maltese, or Miss Dolly, 5, who is a mixture of Maltese and Yorkshire terrier.

They are on duty every day with their owner and owner of the store, Stephanie Cremeans, to greet and assist customers, whether they are human or canine.

“Dogs are welcome,” she said, noting her own dogs enjoy other dogs. “We encourage people to bring their dogs but they must stay on leash.”

The store opened in November 2008, the same year she got Jasmine, her first dog. She invested everything.

“I sold my home and lived here,” she said. “It had been a storage building.”

Cremeans said she used only a portion of the building for the store and she made an apartment for herself there. Soon, she needed to expand the store and she took down one of the walls.

“People ate it up, especially the clothes,” she said.

Inventory includes collars and leashes, bowls, books, memorials, candles that conquer pet odors, strollers, combs and brushes, beds and shampoos, but said clothing is the most popular, especially pajamas and shoes.

“I still find that odd,” she said with a laugh.

Her own dogs prefer wearing their pajamas but she dresses them to the nines occasionally, but they don’t wear shoes.

Cremeans carries sizes for all kinds of dogs, from teacupt to XXL and aims to keep prices low.

“I try to keep everything under $15,” she said.

She also makes hairbows that she sells. Both Jasmine and Miss Dolly are breeds that have plentiful hair on top of their heads and, to see, need to wear it pulled back, the perfect opportunity for hair decoration.

The store hosts picture day twice a year; Custom Creations photography from Grayson offers pet portraits which may or may not include family members.

“Its a wild day in her, I’m telling you, it’s just wild,” Cremeans said of those times when the store is full of dogs and owners waiting to have their pictures made.

She also hosts a Halloween party for pets and owners.

Cremeans had tried her hand at business years earlier when she opened an antique store and she learned that a lot of running a business is trial and error.

She said The Dog Bonetique is fun for many reasons.

“Everybody when they come in here is so nice and happy and not complaining,” she said. “I”ve made so many good friends. I’m just so proud of it.”

The Dog Bonetique at 6465 Bahner Road offers a variety of pet supplies, catering to dogs. For more information, call (740) 776-0524.

LEE WARD can be reached at lward@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2661.

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