Mansfield dog cafe branching out with UK's first pooch 'Barkery'
A dog cafe in Mansfield is set to open a new ‘Barkery’ in a busy Nottingham shopping centre.
Despite Frenchie Frenchie in Mansfield only opening in November 2019 as the county's first dog cafe, owners Arran and Liam Giles were delighted when bosses at the city’s flagship Victoria Centre approached them to take on a permanent kiosk – which will be known as The Barkery by Frenchie Frenchie.
The Barkery will be a UK first, selling woofnuts – dog doughnuts in 15 varieties – doggy waffles, biscuit, special jelly sweets for pooches along with their usual clothing and accessory lines.
They have also ensured their whole range is wheat and grain-free to cater for all breeds and allergies.
Thrilled 30-year-old Arran from Mansfield said: “We are so excited to be branching out with the new Barkery.
"Obviously we never expected the last year to have been as hard as it was, so we were thrilled to be approached to open up the new kiosk.
"We really hope it will be a success so of course we are really nervous too, but we can't wait to open and show you all what we have been working on during lockdown.”
Covid restrictions permitting, the Barkery plans to open in the Victoria Centre on Lower Parliament Street on April 12 – with a grand opening five days later on April 17.
Lockdown will also see a re-brand of their Toothill Lane store from Frenchie Frenchie to Bark & Brew by Frenchie Frenchie – as Arran and Liam wanted a more inclusive name to ensure customers felt that all dog breeds were welcome at their cafe.
“We are really excited to re-brand our store too – we wanted to make sure that people felt completely welcome with dogs of any size and breed, and we can’t wait to reopen and see all our customers again,” said Arran.
"We hope to open more stores in the next year or so too, so we have lots of exciting plans for the future.”
For more information on Frenchie Frenchie and their plans, check out their Facebook page.