When Jeff Manley and Jusak Bernhard left the Hollywood entertainment scene to be with family in Savannah, Ga. five years ago, they couldn’t find a store that sold allergy-free dog food for Kai, their first rescued mixed-breed canine. It was then they realized they could serve the Savannah area by providing better food for dogs and cats, specializing in allergy-free formula food that contains no corn, wheat or soy.
Today, TailsSpin is providing Georgians with the highest quality pet food and customer service at competitive prices. Jeff and Jusak realize cats and dogs are not just pets, but family members. They understand that these family members all have specific needs, which is why each staff member is extremely knowledgeable about every product TailsSpin carries.
Buying local is one of Jusak’s core values. “Our lives revolve around being local. We must always take care of each other. We exist and have grown because of local support; therefore we must support locally as well.” He and Manley have “worked diligently to develop a support system for local manufacturers while at the same time offering our customers more affordable options. For example, we brought in a great line of pet food named Hi-Tek Rations. It is made in Dublin, Ga., about two hours from Savannah. Hi-Tek is being priced to compete with many big box and supermarket pet food offerings. This line offers a better quality of pet food, living up to our standard of no corn, no wheat and no soy.”
TailsSpin also serves as a hub for neighboring independent businesses. Their signature events, such as the Savannah PAWrade and Savannah Pet Care Adoption Fair, feature local pet vendors including vets, trainers, boarders, videographers, and local artists,. As well as fostering pet awareness, these events have also enabled TailsSpin to raise tens of thousands of dollars for local pet rescue agencies as well as Jacob G. Smith Elementary.
TailsSpin’s current and future locations are strategically chosen to be in smaller strip malls, surrounded by local establishments. In early September of 2011, TailsSpin will open its second retail store in the neighboring city of Pooler, Ga.
TailsSpin’s passion for superior pet products has not gone unrecognized. They were awarded a Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as one of the top 75 small businesses in America, named 2011 Business of the Year from the Savannah Small Business Chamber, winners of Best of Savannah 2011 by Savannah Magazine and Connect Savannah, and named one of the “365 Things to do in Savannah” by Livingsocial.com.
When you spend $100 at in locally owned store such as TailsSpin, $68 is returned to the local economy. Furthermore, if families of Savannah spent just an extra $10 per month at a locally owned store like TailsSpin instead of a chain pet store, $10,438,762 would be reinvested right back into the local Savannah economy.
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