Well, if the name doesn’t spark your curiosity, then step inside the store and be amazed.
What does it have to do with dogs you ask? Nothing really except for Legend who greets you at the store with his big brown eyes. Dog Eat Dog was founded several years ago by Chrissy McRoberts, who, at the time, baked treats, made dog beds and dog furniture for man’s best friend.
But behind the scenes, McRoberts had another passion that she had worked on for years from her home. Her ability to make unique, one-of-a-kind gifts made their way to Art Walk for the past five years where she experienced great success in selling out of each and every item during the past two years.
Knowing that her products alone were not enough on their own to open a store, McRoberts sent out an invitation to twenty-five other local artisans to see if they were interested in a joint venture. Twenty-three of the entrepreneurs accepted the challenge and on May 1st the new ‘Dog Eat Dog’ artisan gallery opened in Mitton Village.
The store is filled with amazing one of a kind gifts, beautiful and unique pieces of furniture created by Simply Harvest Creations, Dog Eat Dog, Little Shed Big Ideas, and Mantels by Mark which provided such a variety that encouraged the sales of three large pieces on opening day. More than seventy-five percent of the items are made from recycled materials. This store is not just for ladies, oh no, there are so many cool gifts and ideas for the man in your family.
All the artisans must create their own ideas and each time they are a little different. They cannot be spinoffs from Pintrest or any other site that offers ideas for crafters. The group of artists occasionally collaborate on a special project and currently there are six projects on the go.
McRoberts herself, specializes in making clocks and commercial display units that are truly unique and beautiful. Many of her items can be seen in places like Blackwater Coffee Co., Paddy Flaherty’s, One Tooth, Collide and Two Zero One salon.
Although her love for creativity was obvious, she struggled with the “how to” when it came time to starting up the business. Luckily she was able to invest some of her time with a group called The CUBE. The program, through Lambton College, offers services and guidance to students, youth and people in the community starting or growing their business. “It was a great experience for me”, says McRoberts, “it helped me get to where I am today and with the confidence and knowledge that I needed.”
Today, she proudly displays her work, and all the other artisans work, at a beautiful store she can call her own.
So, if you are out there looking for some unique, custom pieces to fill your home and your heart, be sure to drop in to Dog Eat Dog and be prepared to be amazed.
Dog Eat Dog is now located at 161 Mitton Street South, in the heart of Mitton Village. They are open Wednesday 12pm-7pm, Thrusday thru Saturday 12pm-6pm and on Sunday 12pm-4pm. You can call them at 519-384-0888 or drop them a line at email@example.com.