What happens when two best friends, one a dog mom, and one a cat mom, decide they want to spend more time together? They open a pet supply store called Pawsnickety Pets!
Owners, Kaycee McCoy and Shizuka Benton, opened Pawsnickety Pets in December 2020, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Located in Historic Ghent, Pawsnickey Pets is a one-stop shop for all-natural food and holistic supplements for canines and feline furbabies.
In addition to being co-owners of Pawsnickety Pets, Kaycee owns a digital marketing agency and Shizuka is an operation management consultant. Both entrepreneurs had started their own separate businesses, but they had never owned a retail store before.
Kaycee came across this ownership opportunity when the previous owner was looking for someone to buy her pet shop business. “We’ve always talked about being in a business together, so we jumped on the opportunity,” Kaycee commented.
“We both have experiences in service industry, but never retail,” she continued. “The process of leasing the space was something completely new to us and we were unfamiliar with the process, the language, everything. We reached out to our commercial realtor friend Nicole Campbell, who coached us about the process, how to read the lease, and what to look for. Understanding the process and expectations made a difference when negotiating the lease.”