By Kathleen Swift • Photos by Mandy Edmonson
Kelli Starkweather started dreaming about owning a dog boutique when her Brussels Griffon, Milla Mae, first came into her life 11 years ago.
“At the time,” said Starkweather, “I was traveling all over the United States for my job, and in each city I visited, I would locate a dog boutique and buy a toy or collar or treat for Milla. I started seeing what products stores carried and how they did things. It gave me lots of ideas, and it became my goal to have my own dog boutique.”
As Starkweather approached her birthday in 2019, she decided, “I need to open my boutique now or I’ll never do it. I found our location at 1607 S. Main Street in Joplin, and with my husband, Jeff’s, support and encouragement we were able to make it a reality. Jeff and I operate the business together and have enjoyed every minute of it.
“We really like connecting with people and their dogs. We love helping customers and establishing those relationships,” said Starkweather.
Remembering how she loved to find things for Milla, Starkweather makes sure Posh Dogs Boutique is full of an array of cute and unique items to spoil and care for your pet.
“We try to give our customers a variety of products, and if we don’t have what they are looking for, then we’ll help them find it. We carry a range of sizes for the smallest dog to the large breeds,” said Starkweather. “We have dog food and treats that are human grade, organic and made with minimal ingredients. Your dog will love our barkery filled with lots of dog cookies, treats, donuts, ‘gotcha day’ bones and birthday cakes, treat bags, fun party hats, toys and more.”
Some of the most popular items include CBD products for dogs, and collars, halters and leads in a variety of colors and prints. You’ll find all kinds of lifestyle accessories for your dog, too, such as raincoats, seasonal apparel like dresses, tees, fleece, sweaters and coats. If you have hardwoods or tile floors, your pet might like traction socks, or how about some cozy pajamas to make cuddling up more fun? They carry reflective gear for those early-morning or late-night walks and runs. And, of course, they carry lots of toys for play and engagement. Everything at Posh Dogs Boutique is both fun and functional.
When you shop at Posh Dogs Boutique, be sure to bring your fur babies with you.
“We love to have dogs in the boutique, and every dog gets a treat when they are here,” said Starkweather. “Our customers’ pets are just like family; we love to meet them and help them with their needs.” Posh Dogs Boutique also offers a loyalty program for customers.
“Everything we do at Posh Dogs Boutique is for the health, wellness and enjoyment of dogs. It’s all for the love of dogs!”