Today we’d like to introduce you to Tracy Knowles.
Tracy, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
When I was young my mother would sit at the table and read she always had a book in her hand but the other thing I remember was she also always had a cup of coffee. My dream as a child was to own a bookstore cafe. as I grew older that dream was always there. even while I served in the U.S Army I thought that someday I would be snuggled up somewhere in my own little cafe with a Latte and a great book.
I served 11 years in the Army and after I retired I couldn’t find my place among others in the civilian world. Finally, I had the opportunity to work at the front desk helping a friend in a tattoo shop. Completely different than my dream of a cafe. I did this and changed shops after a year. another 2 years went by and the owner of the Tattoo shop wanted to retire and I jumped at the chance to own a business, again not a cafe but the world of tattoo art is amazing.
After a year we needed to move our location as we had outgrown our building, Here is where my dreams start to come true, we found an old building a Blues Cafe in the past on the beach in Onset Ma a really small up and coming village. The building we lease has a small storefront that is attached to the now Tattoo Shop. I told my husband this is going to be my coffee shop. And the dream of Dog Days Coffee Started to become real.
In Aril 2017 we opened the First Dog-Friendly Coffee Shop in the Cape Cod area. while the dream was to make it a bookstore also the space was too small. We Donate 10% of our Profits to a Military War Dog rescue In Texas and we have an amazing side patio to sit and enjoy the village. Dog Days allows well-behaved pups inside and outside to enjoy some of the all natural treats we carry while their owners enjoy an amazing cup of coffee and fresh baked goods.
Our Coffee is private labeled fair trade locally roasted blends, and each bland is named in honor of a past Military War Dog hero. As Veterans, we wanted to give back and this is just a small piece of what we can do to help our fellow 4 legged Veterans.
Come visit us and get some beautiful Artwork at Sinners & Saints Tattoo and Body Piercing and stop in next door and grab an amazing cup of coffee.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Is ever owning a business a smooth road, we have had our ups and downs, the licensing was hard weeks of research between us and the town to find the legal way to allow dogs inside our cafe. We worked for Months redoing the interior of our place and changed it a few times just to make it work. Very long hours between both our business. We even sold our home and moved to the area so the commute was shorter to give us more time at the shops.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Dog Days Coffee story. Tell us more about the business.
Dog Days Coffee is the only Dog-friendly coffee shop in the Cape Cod area, we source all our products from other local businesses and we are proud to be a very active member of our small village. Both Dog Days Coffee and Sinners and Saints Tattoo and Body Piercing are veteran owned and operated.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck is a funny thing, we have a sign in the Cafe that state, “make your own luck”, I believe that luck is all about hard work and hustle. Without it, a business doesn’t thrive or grow.
- Address: 2 West Central Ave
Onset, Ma 02558
- Website: www.ddc2g.com
- Phone: 508-295-2328
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @dogdayscoffee2go
- Facebook: @dogdaysonset
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