Inspired by our three fur babies, featured in our logo, and the owner's zeal for small business, the Bark by the Park (BBTP) brand was created in 2015.
Bark by the Park is a pet care and (online) boutique specializing in curated goods for dogs and cats. Our mission is to offer quality goods while supporting woman-owned businesses, artisans, and USA-made products wherever pawsible.
We started small, from pop-ups to festivals, until the day we found our furever home. We were originally located in the heart of Lakeview East (Chicago, IL). However, as some of you know, since moving to the new Broadway storefront we encountered a number of building issues. In the end, we were able to terminated the lease and cease operations at that location on Friday, September 2, 2022.
At this time, we are re-grouping and planning to take a break from in-store operations to assess other opportunities for our next furever home. We are continuing to ship domestically to our pawsome patrons.
Our pet care services continue to operate in Chicago and Boston.
A native Chicagoan, Nicky (she/her) is a graduate of the Quinlan School of Business in Marketing and Visual Communications from Loyola University Chicago. As a recession graduate, she was able to explore her passions before entering the corporate world. This included retail operations, non-profit work, and pet care.
Choosing the road most traveled was not for her, as much as she enjoyed her experiences in the tech and consumer goods industries. She would eventually forge her own path to become a pet entrepreneur.
In her free time, she continues to help small businesses with Nicky in the City Consulting. As well as, volunteering as a board member with the Loyola University Latino Alumni Board (LULAB).