Daniel Island's Central Island Square unleashes a new pet store
Just in time for the holiday season, Michael’s Barkery opened its doors on Daniel Island, offering one-stop shopping for organic pet treats, “barkery” goods, novelty toys, and pet grooming services for dogs and cats.
Located on Central Island Square, the store was inspired by Scott and Karen Patrohay’s son Michael. His parents wanted to choose a path for Michael that wouldn’t limit him because of his intellectual disability, but instead focus on his strengths and abilities.
Michael’s passion for pets was unleashed when he was assigned a senior project to explore career goals. Michael chose to bake and sell dog treats. The treats were an instant hit and the idea for Michael’s Barkery was born.
For the owners, Daniel Island was a great place to open-up shop. “We used to live here and knew what a wonderful, fun, friendly community Daniel Island was, so when the idea of the Barkery happened, we knew this would be the perfect place. Once we saw the pet friendly Central Island Square apartment complex and retail space, that sealed the deal,” said Karen Patrohay.
The Nov. 23 grand opening was greeted with lots of “pawsitive” praise. Michael was on hand to greet customers and their furry family members. Pampered pets enjoyed the cakes and cookies, while their owners perused the aisles stocked with specialty items and an onsite pet spa.
Kristin Abbate was excited by what she saw. “It’s nice to have a grooming salon on Daniel Island. We’ll definitely bring our animals here.”
Regina Garcia was impressed as soon as she entered the store. “I would guess the smell of ginger and pumpkin biscuits wafting out the door was one of many reasons the line was out the door on opening day. Compliments on the style, staff, décor, and products were nonstop as members of the community came to see what Michael and his family have worked so hard to bring together. The whole experience has left a smile on my face, and I’m happy to say that even my dogs approve.”
Daniel Island resident Mimi Huss has known the Patrohays for 15 years and was optimistic about the career opportunities available for a diverse group of people. “Looking beyond their own family, Karen and Scott wanted to provide an opportunity for other ‘special needs’ adults to shine and bless the community as well,” said Huss.
“Knowing Michael has made me a better person. Michael is not defined by his ‘disability’ as Karen, Scott and Evan (Michael’s brother) would not allow that to happen. Instead of focusing on what someone else may call a ‘disability,’ the Patrohays have found a way for Michael’s welcoming, loving, accepting and engaging personality to flourish! Michael’s Barkery is the way Michael can be himself and bless others as he does so well without even knowing,” she added.
Karen explained, “At the heart of our business is the mission to help the special needs community. We hope to help support them with employment so they can live full, happy, productive lives while shining a light on the unique and awesome abilities that everyone has.”
The owners hope Michael’s Barkery will become a happy place where Daniel Island residents and their pets come and hang out.
To find out more about Michael and the “barkery,” check out their website at michaelsbarkery.com.