UPDATED: A doggone good store

Sloppy Kisses just got a big wet one from Pet Product News International, a trade newsmagazine covering the pet industry.

The local designer pet boutique
and dog bakery, owned by Melanie Dallas, won an international retail award presented by the magazine for "Outstanding Specialty Store." Dallas has two store locations, one on Broadway and one in Clifton Park Center.

The award is part of the magazine's prestigious Retailer of the Year award program and is given to a select few in the industry, according to a press release from the company. As part of the award, Sloppy Kisses will be profiled in the August 2010 issue of the magazine, and Dallas will be
given a seat on the company's advisory board.

UPDATE: In response to Rebecca's comment below, I called Sherri L. Collins, editor of Pet Product News International, so she could fill me in on how retailers are selected for this award.
She told me that retailers respond to an award application published in the magazine and available on its Web site. They submit information like videos, photos and previous awards they’ve won. Then, a six-member panel of editorial staff and, sometimes, "outside consultants," sits down and reviews the submissions, makes calls and does some research. They evaluate winners on such criteria as:
-- employee training practices
-- promotion of companion animals
-- involvement with professional and service organizations
-- innovative promotion
-- community impact.

Ultimately the panel chooses one main winner and 11 special category winners.

Sloppy Kisses was chosen as one of the 11 in the "Outstanding Specialty Store" category, while For Your Paws Only, a store in North Conway, N.H., won the top award as Retailer of the Year, Collins said.

Sloppy Kisses owner Melanie Dallas her husband, Eugene, (store manager) pose with their chocolate lab Marley (chief taste-tester).

Photo by Mark Bolles - Creative Photo & Graphics.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to assume they didn't take customer service into consideration when picking this award...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 1:47:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:45, that would be correct.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 6:33:00 PM 
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I was curious, so I looked up this magazine - You won't be surprised to know that retailers submit their OWN materials for consideration for this award. Melanie has always been her own biggest advocate, supporting herself while stepping all over her community. I do wonder what she submitted that was worthy of this award.

Thursday, August 27, 2009 11:10:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jealous much???

Tuesday, September 01, 2009 5:25:00 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rebeeca...not sure what "stepping all over her community" means. I've worked with Melanie on several fundraising committees and have attended many Sloppy Kisses events which were fundraisers for the Saratoga County Animal Shelter, Out of the Pits Pit Bull Rescue, Italian Greyhound Rescue....should I go on. In addition, every summer gala I attend with a silent auction there is a gorgeous Sloppy Kisses Gift Basket available for bid. I assume these baskets are donated. Seems to me that Melanie donates thousands of dollars each year to "community interests". Wonder if you can say the same thing? More sour grapes from those who sit on their rump and take pot shots at those who are successful.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009 5:31:00 PM 

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