Join The Amelies Bark Shop Fight

Amelie’s Bark Shop is one of the essential businesses allowed to be open along the East Passyunk Avenue corridor in South Philadelphia. 40% of the businesses here are women owned and I am proud to be the sole proprietor of one of them. Although I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to continue servicing my community I am finding it very difficult to keep fighting. I was hoping for some relief by way of grants or loans, but like so many other small businesses, I was not able to secure any funding.

As a business owner I feel a responsibility to my customers who have come to rely on me for the needs of their fur babies. To that end I have tried to cut expenses to the bare bones. Daily operational costs are a constant struggle. The day I had to lay off the last of my employees was devastating. We're operating by contactless curbside pickup and delivery only, which is unfortunately a fraction of the business we were doing before the pandemic.

Go Fund Me is doing their part to help small businesses by issuing $500 in matching grants to qualifying small businesses that raise at least $500. Any donation helps keep the lights on, keeps high quality food coming in for your fur babies, and keeps the rent paid. I will also be distributing a portion of the raised funds to my amazing employees, whom I'm very much looking forward to hiring back.

I am so grateful for the continuing support from my wonderful customers! I can’t wait for all of this to pass and to be able to hang out with you and your pups in the store again soon.

Jackie & Amelie (woof)


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