As an American Small Business, which was established during such a difficult time in our country, our mission at ArkBark Warehouse is to support domestic brands, vendors, manufacturers, and other small businesses across the United States. We might not make a huge difference through our efforts, but we believe that every step towards improving our Great Nation is a step in the right direction!
Covid-19 has caused so much heartache, loss of loved ones, and financial burden for families everywhere. We grieve with all Americans during this time. Businesses everywhere have struggled. We understand the importance of the success of each and every business owner, as this is way more than a paycheck for you, but a huge part of your lives.
Our focus on small domestic companies felt like the best way that we could use our online business model in a way that respects and supports the hard-working designers and local boutique owners who have been forced to close their businesses or completely restructure their brick-and-mortar stores to online sales only - a completely different retail experience that takes away from the personal relationships that so many of these designers and store owners thrived on.
This decision to restructure our store was not an easy one. This required undoing months of progress and many sleepless nights, but we know this doesn't come close to the devastation of the small mom-and-pop shops who for years depended on their businesses in order to feed their families and make their house payments. So many of these businesses were unable to recover from the mandated closures or decrease in foot traffic to their stores. Many of these business owners were not in the position to learn the world of eCommerce plus the various expenses that comes with it along with it.
As for our wonderful customers, this benefits you too! So many of these brands that you will find in our store are ones that you might not have ever gotten the chance to shop being that they are located in different states across the country! We seek out many brands and products that you would have previously only found if you were to walk into one of these boutiques! So many of these brands are hand-crafted and not sold on third-party sites like Etsy, Amazon, or Chewy! Not that there is anything wrong with these platforms...we are simply choosing a new and fresh way for you to shop. This is how we came to describe ourselves as an "eBoutique". ArkBark Warehouse offers our customers with the unique opportunity to shop all those adorable and quality pet products as if you were walking into your local neighborhood Pet Boutique, but from the comfort of your own home! And even better...we do not require you to wear a mask to shop with us ;)
We hope that all of our efforts can offer some support or even hope to those struggling. Please reach out to us at email@example.com if you know of any local businesses who might benefit from having their products in our store! We would LOVE to hear from you!