Bag of Bones Barkery Holds Grand Re-Opening to Showcase Expanded Store

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Local dog bakery increases store space by 6,500 square feet to better accommodate new products and pet events and for a more interactive experience with pets and pet owners.

Gregg and Melissa Bernhardt, owners of Bag of Bones Barkery, pose with their Golden Retriever, Luke in the expanded store.

The extra space will allow us to better accommodate our customers, add on some really fun events for pets and their owners, and really bring out the personality of our business.

Bag of Bones Barkery, a premier New Jersey dog bakery that bakes gourmet, all-natural, nutritious dog treats in a wide variety of flavors, will host a grand re-opening event on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to showcase its 6,500 square-foot expansion in the Mercerville Shopping Center located on Route 33 in Hamilton, NJ. The addition comes from acquiring the adjacent store space, which was previously a Sleepy’s Mattress Store.

The expansion comes due to the growing popularity of their all-natural pet treats baked on the premises, so the business requires more back-of-the-house production space in order to increase output. In addition to the increased production space, the expansion includes greater retail floor space for products as well as a flex space for services and events for customers and their pets.

The grand re-opening event will feature a tour of the new store, manufacturer and vendor visits, and an opportunity to win prizes. Leashed pets are always welcome at the Barkery.

In the past, Bag of Bones Barkery has also hosted adoption events, charitable fundraisers, and services for pet owners, which they look forward to expanding with the added space.

Gregg and Melissa Bernhardt have been the owners of Bag of Bones Barkery since 2007. And since then, the pair has moved the store’s location twice in order to keep up with its popularity and demand.

"It’s been amazing to watch our business grow, so naturally, we have to grow with it," said Gregg Bernhardt, owner of Bag of Bones Barkery. "The extra space will allow us to better accommodate our customers, add on some really fun events for pets and their owners, and really bring out the personality of our business with some cool design and innovative in-store elements that we couldn’t do previously because of space constraints."

The look and feel of the Barkery will remain, but customers walking in during the grand re-opening will encounter some grand additions to the store’s style.

"This won’t be your average pet bakery and supply store," said owner Melissa Bernhardt. "Walking in, you’ll be greeted by two life-size artificial trees. Our goal with the expanded store is to bring the outdoors in and to reflect our natural image. We are incorporating natural elements, such as reclaimed wood, plants, stone, and other earthy features. The space is more open, comfortable, and natural."

In addition to more space for pet products, the Barkery has created a new flex space that is designated for pet events (about 1,100 square feet), including – but not limited to:

  • Dog social and dinner events
  • Nutritional and educational seminars
  • Manufacturer meet and greets
  • Adoption and rescue events
  • Pet photography
  • Dog training classes
  • Puppy play dates
  • Animal communication
  • Wellness clinics
  • Lunch and learns with veterinary professionals

Loyal and frequent customers are also very excited about the expansion.

"Bag of Bones Barkery is the only place I consider when buying anything for my dogs," said Diane McHutchison of New Egypt, NJ, a long-time Bag of Bones Barkery customer. "Their treats are the best, the selection of packaged foods are tremendous, and they sell only the best of toys. But their customer service exceeds all that. With their expanded store and services, I'm sure that they will continue to be the best pet place around."

Gregg and Melissa Bernhardt started Bag of Bones Barkery in 2007, after they began baking all-natural dog treats out of their basement for their late Golden Retriever, Chloe. The store not only sells their signature dog treats and dog cakes, but it also carries natural pet food, beds, toys, leashes, and other goodies.

Today, the Barkery is very active in the pet community at large and holds many fundraisers and charitable events to raise money for Veti-Care, NorthStar Vet Hospital, Nature’s Variety Pound-for-Pound Program, Morris Animal Foundation, and Scarface’s Benefit, to name a few. Bag of Bones Barkery has also donated over $20,000 of pet products to local rescues.

"We have been loyal customers of Bag of Bones Barkery since they first opened and knew from that first visit that they are not just a business catering to pets and their owners; they have a true passion and love for what they do,” said Nancy Moore, a Robbinsville, NJ resident. “All of their employees care and are happy to give every customer the help and information they need. The expanded store has opened their business to a more varied selection of goods and services as well as plenty of room for activities. Any pet owner owes it to their "fur baby" and themselves to stop in and check out this great store. It truly is one-of-a-kind."

Bag of Bones Barkery is located in the Mercerville Shopping Center at 364 Route 33 in Hamilton, NJ and can be reached at (609) 528-0101. To view the Barkery’s offerings or to order online, visit

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