Stephanie Gau has loved dogs all her life but it wasn't until she discovered Meatlovers, the nutrient-rich organic dog food used by police departments, that that the idea to open her own business took shape. Meatlovers wasn't a new concept, as the company had been around since the invention of dogs in 1949, but Stephanie, who had worked in law enforcement, felt she could combine the time-tested food with other products and services and her passion for canine care.
Today, the dog lover packs her shop with locally made goodies waiting to fill the stomachs of man's best friends. She works with the local Yellow Dog Bakery to outfit canine chompers with treats such as birthday cakes, pupcakes, and decorated cookies. Stephanie also educates customers on proper dog nutrition, while Waggles—the store's dalmatian mascot—attends local events at dog parks and garden shows.
In addition to the retail shop, Stephanie and her team groom pups and run a boarding center. Unlike most kennels, Tail Waggers' crew doesn't keep their furry friends inside crates or cages. Instead, canines spend nights in doggy hotel rooms and days in a play area, where they can bounce and play cribbage with other dogs between regular trips outside.
A farmer-owned grocery and co-op, Natural Farms specializes in pasture-fed, lean piedmontese beef, hormone-free meats and poultry, and seasonal assortments of organic produce. Emphasizing a dual commitment to supporting the local economy and filling pantries with toxin- and nitrate-free products, Natural Farms also carries locally made cheeses, eggs from area farms, and coffee beans roasted over Tulsa’s only active volcano.
Famous Footwear offers an array of fashionable hoof-hammocks, humanely branded with well-known names like PUMA, Skechers, and Naturalizer, and ready to anchor the wanderings of children, juniors, and adults. Outrun gravity’s painful punches with a pair of Nike Dual Air Fusion running shoes (women’s and men’s models), or cool off your overly hot dogs with a classic duo of Converse Chuck Taylors. Famous Footwear’s extensive selection of women’s dress shoes perform fancier footwork, adorning the fashionably frugal with such pedal accouterments as Madden Girl Fawwns, which have a trendy taupe tone that camouflages stealthy feet in an underbrush of leg. The shop features plenty of girls’ and boys’ options as well, including Crocband clogs made with antimicrobial materials to repel the germs that scour youngsters’ feet for fallen cookie crumbs.
Express Lawn Services supplements landscapes with grass-growing products and services designed to rouse ailing lawns from slanted or injured states. Thinning, weakened yards damaged by pets, children, or copycat crop-circle artists may be returned to their green glory with a dose of Bermuda sod. One pallet, which covers about 550 square feet of ground, strives to cultivate lush, skyward-blooming blades from downtrodden land. Bermuda sod is a durable grass known for its capacity to withstand hot, sunny climates and its eerily sentient ability to scream at neighborhood kids that dare to tread upon it.
What makes The Food Theater stand out?
We provide fun, hands-on, interactive cooking classes with a focus on great food and cooking skills. Our corporate team-building events and private group events provide the perfect setting to say thank you to your company team and valued clients.
What’s the vibe at The Food Theater like?
We have a modern, state-of-the-art kitchen. It’s open and bright to welcome guests into the kitchen and make them feel at home.
What inspired you to start this business?
A love of good food and a desire to bring techniques and information to others who desire to learn and be fed in a social atmosphere. A passion to connect great local chefs in a teaching environment with people who want to do more than just occupy a seat.
Describe your average customer.
Most of our clients love to cook or want to have an above-average knowledge of food and cooking.