The dog days of summer are over, but canines can look forward to the grand opening of Boca Ratonâ€™s second Woof Gang Bakery on Saturday.
Located in the Yamato Village Center, alongside Doris Italian Market and La Ferme, owners Paolo and Juliana Lucchesi chose the location because West Boca has a lack of pet supply stores, particularly boutique ones like Woof Gang.
â€śThe concept I liked because they think for the health of the pet,â€ť Paolo said of the company. â€śThere is nothing around us that is similar.â€ť
Another Woof Gang Bakery is located further east on Palmetto Park Road.
Inside the store, shoppers can wander through different sections, from treats to pet supplies, food, toys, and the grooming station in the back. Not only are the treats and foodâ€”for both cats and dogsâ€”all natural, but many of the products are made in the United States. Pet parents can also find some alternative items, like CBD oils and aromatherapy oils.
For animals in need of pampering, the grooming salon does more than just groomingâ€”on the spa menu are also a blueberry facial, â€śPawdicureâ€ť and nail painting, luxury baths and hot oil treatments. Of course, only products with natural ingredients are used.
In the future, the store staff would like to start hosting Yappy Hours and birthday parties.
While living in Brazil, Lucchesi worked for a company that manufactures products for dogs and cats. He moved to South Florida three years ago, and found out about the Woof Gang Bakery franchise through a fellow franchise owner.Â He also has two dogs of his ownâ€”a Basset Hound named MacarrĂŁo (Portuguese for â€śpastaâ€ť) and a boxer named, you guessed it, Alfredo.
Woof Gang Bakery is celebrating its grand opening on Sept. 22 at 9 a.m., with activities planned for the whole day. There will be free nail trims, light bites, refreshments, plenty of treats and food samples to go around, and the first 20 dogs in the store get free treats for a year. Get a Life Pet Rescue will be bringing adoptable animals from 10 a.m. to Noon, and Big Dog Ranch Rescue will have adoptable animals from noon to 3 p.m.
9101 Lakeridge Blvd., Unit 23, Boca Raton; 561/961-0402;Â woofgangbakery.com