The Bark Yard dog park and bar concept launched May 1 at 3110 E. Cherry St. The first-time business ownership venture for Blake Gammon and Tommy Buterbaugh features a 3.5-acre dog park; a 6,000-square-foot building for day care and boarding; and a bar and patio area. Buterbaugh declined to disclose construction costs, but a building permit filed with the city recorded a $1.4 million estimated valuation. Gammon said he and Buterbaugh are longtime friends and previously worked at Gammon Equipment Co., a forklift dealership owned by Gammon’s family. The dog park requires daily or annual passes, but the bar, which also serves food such as sandwiches and pizza, is open to the public. A day pass is $10 per dog and annual memberships can be paid monthly for $21 or yearly for $230, according to its website. Day care prices are $25 per day and boarding is $35 per night. Additional costs apply for extra dogs in the same household.
Hours: 7 a.m.-sunset daily, dog park; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, boarding and day care; and noon-9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, bar patio
Charity Fent Cake Design
Charity Fent Cake Design LLC moved May 8 to Brentwood Center North, 2648 S. Glenstone Ave., from 3534 E. Sunshine St. Owner Charity Fent said the company is leasing roughly 3,100 square feet between Olive & Ivy Boutique and The Brentwood Barbershop. She declined to disclose terms for the eight-year lease with Jared Enterprises Inc. or relocation costs. Founded in 2015 by Fent and her husband, Justin, the company makes custom cakes for birthdays, weddings and other special events, according to its website. Fent said the eight-employee store also sells cakes for same-day pickup, dubbed “cash and carry.” The in-store cakes range $45-$95, based on size and flavors, such as red velvet, churro and banana, according to its Facebook page. Charity Fent Cake Design’s other bakery items include cupcakes, cake pops, cheesecake and cookies, she said.
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
The Hidden Hut
A pair of business owners collaborated on opening The Hidden Hut LLC, a cafe and gift shop in Marshfield. The venture launched May 10 at 302 S. Pitts St., just off Jackson Street, one of the town’s main thoroughfares. Shanda Kloster said she and Cathie Davis co-own the venture and estimated they combined to invest around $40,000 in startup costs. Lease terms with landlord Phil Joyce were not disclosed. The Hidden Hut’s drinks include smoothies, teas, coffee and flavored waters. Drink prices range $1.75-$7, Kloster said. Food options ranging $3.50-$5 also are on the menu, including muffins, quiche, scones and steel cut oats. The 750-square-foot cafe also has a small gift shop space with products such as shampoo and conditioner bars and bath salts. Kloster is a licensed esthetician with space in The Shabby Sheep, a Marshfield boutique. Davis, a licensed massage therapist through her Shift Into Balance practice, offers services five days a week at The Hidden Hut.
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
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