MADISON TOWNSHIP — Two young ladies with special needs had trouble finding jobs, so they started their own business.
Jenna Stigall and Anne Wrobleski, both 24, are running Simply Good Dog Barkery. They make pet treats with wholesome ingredients and donate 10% of the profits to support pet rescue.
Jenna was born with cerebral palsy. Anne has Williams syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by growth delays before and after birth.
They receive help from their moms, Sally Stigall and Cindy Wrobleski.
“The mission of the business is to support individuals with disabilities and give them opportunities to learn about employment,” Sally said. “Our goal is to one day invite others in with us as we grow.”
They started the business in February
Jenna and Anne have been in business since February.
“Nancy Leach from Lacy’s Pet Emporium decided to retire,” Sally said. “She asked if the girls wanted to take over the baking business.”
Simply Good Dog Barkery operates out of the Stigall home in Madison Township. The family has two ovens. Batches take at least two hours to bake.
“After that, they have to dehydrate,” Jenna said.
“They’re good for a year,” Anne added.
Sally said the treats have been tested and approved. The business is registered with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
In addition to being healthy, the treats are tasty. Simply Good Dog Barkery offers tuna cat crackers, peanut butter pumpkin biscotti, cheddar bacon, chicken biscuit and peanut butter patties.
“We do all the baking and packaging,” Sally said.
The four women were busy packaging at the dining room table earlier this week. The business has its own Facebook page and business cards.
“My niece in South Carolina is a graphic artist,” Sally said. “The girls picked and tweaked their business logo. They work in all aspects of the business.”
Spreading the word about the ‘barkery’
Jenna and Anne have branched out to spread the word about Simply Good Dog Barkery. They offered their wares all summer at a farmers market.
Jenna and Anne also were invited to Strutt Your Mutt, a fundraiser for the Humane Society of Richland County.
“We sold out,” Anne said proudly.
They also attended a Business After Hours event at the Blueberry Patch and have their own booth at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary. The ladies were looking forward to their first craft show, Christmas in the Valley, in Bellville.
“Our girls have found it hard to find gainful employment,” Sally said.
Anne worked at the City Garden Café in Mansfield’s municipal building until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. She was laid off and never called back.
Jenna has an in-home cupcake-making business, which added biscotti. She has a contract with the Goldberry Roasting Co. in Ashland for the latter product.
“For us, the dog treats have taken over the cupcake business,” Jenna said with a laugh.
More about the entrepreneurs
Jenna and Anne prepared to be where they are. They graduated from high school in 2016, Jenna from Madison and Anne from Mansfield Senior.
Both deferred their graduations for two years to allow them to attend Pioneer Career & Technology Center.
“Jenna wanted more skill in the culinary department,” Sally said of her daughter.
Meanwhile, Anne studied horticulture and hospitality.
As for hobbies, Anne loves to read. Jenna enjoys making blankets, specializing in loom knitting.
Both of them love the Food Network. Jenna also is a fan of “The Andy Griffith Show.” Her favorite activity is trying new recipes with her dad.
Of course, Jenna and Anne have dogs. Jenna and her family own a long-haired German Shepherd and a black Goldendoodle.
Anne has a rescue dog, Dale, so named because of the place in Tennessee where he was adopted.
Simply Good Dog Barkery is taking Christmas orders and asks to receive them before Dec. 1. In addition to Facebook, people can call Jenna at 419-544-0912 or Anne at 419-610-5017, or visit [email protected]