Tail Blazers, a health food store for pets, has two locations in Kelowna. One in the Mission and one in Glenmore, both owned by a local Kelowna couple, John and Barton. Their mission statement is, “Pets add years to our lives, now it is time we add some time to theirs!”
How did Tail Blazers get started? With an 18-year-old Shih Tzu Pekinese and a 17-year-old Shih Tzu in their family, they began looking for healthier options for them. This quest ignited their passion for enriching pets’ lives.
Then opportunity struck. They had been shopping at Tail Blazers for a few years when the chance to purchase the store presented itself.
They jumped at it.
John and Barton had worked for other people for most of their lives. They knew at some point they wanted to own their own business. They just didn’t know what direction to go in.
Now with Tail Blazers, they could fulfill their passion.
John says, “When you enjoy what you are doing, it makes coming to work so much easier. Being able to transform a pet’s health has to be the best thing. We have new customers that come to us as a last resort. Their pet is not doing well, and they have tried everything, but through changing to a proper diet and some supplements, they can bring their beloved pet back to thriving.”
John’s advice for starting your own business.
“If you are looking to start your own business, follow your passion and what you love. At first, it will be a lot of work and be a little stressful but once all the dust settles it will be more rewarding than anything you have done before.”
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Tail Blazers has gone NO CONTACT. All orders are done via an online order form or over the phone. They offer curbside pickup or free delivery with purchases of $30 or more from West Bank to Lake Country.
For more information on how to continue supporting this business go to https://tailblazerskelowna.com/