The trend of healthier culinary options for consumers across the country in recent years has spread to those same consumers’ pets. Here are a few LGBT-friendly businesses right here in Georgia spreading the all-natural gospel.
Allprovide Pet Food
Online and in various retail stores
Good friends Michael McVay and Dennis Boecker didn’t like what they saw in the processed, prepackaged pet food options on the market. So McVay, previously a chef at a health spa, created an all-natural, healthy alternative.
The Atlanta-area residents first sold their premium raw dog and cat food in the United Kingdom, then opened a $2 million climate-controlled facility in Norcross earlier this year.
It helped that McVay’s husband is a raw pet food expert who consults with the company, and Boecker’s partner also works with the company by organizing events and working with retail partners, of which there are 10 so far across the country.
Beef & Vegetables Enhanced Formula dog food and the Dog Food Starter Box
Dog City Bakery
4369 Roswell Road (Marietta)
6309 1-D Roswell Road (Sandy Springs)
Marcia Lain’s first customer was her own dog Molly, and after the Boston terrier gave a “paws up” to her mom’s nutritious treats, Lain started spreading the word.
The positive feedback continued, and the first Dog City location opened in East Cobb in 2008, followed by a second location in Sandy Springs in 2013.
Customers can shop in-store or online for the various all-natural treats, made with no additives or preservatives. Dog City also offers holistic dog and cat food as well as various boutique items and apparel.
Bark Bars and birthday cakes, all homemade
Taj Ma Hound
707 D East Lake Dr. (Decatur)
This LGBT-friendly pet food bakery in Oakhurst has been supplying the neighborhood with gourmet dog treats since 2004. The idea came to owner Krista Aversano after seeing a lack of natural, healthy dog treats on the market. Like Dog City’s owner, she started baking them for her own dogs.
“If I’m going to eat healthy, my dog should too,” she says.
Word spread among friends and neighbors, and soon the doors opened at Taj Ma Hound. Customers enjoy the free ice cream social on Thursday evenings, with regulars and newbies alike bonding over their furry loved ones.
Pea-Mutt Butter cookies (voted “Best Treats” by Atlanta Magazine), Elvis Pawsley treat and Johnny Dogwalker treat