The Cakehound now open in the German village


COLUMBUS, Ohio (COLUMBUS BUSINESS FIRST) – The German village welcomed a new bakery this month, but it doesn’t serve the typical customer.

The Cakehound, now open at 1147 Jaeger Street, is the first brick and mortar foray for owner Teresa Jacques, who started her dog bakery in 2018 and has served in farmers’ markets and online since.

“I wanted to be in a place like German Village or Grandview,” she said. “Places with a real neighborhood feel and lots of people walking their dogs.”

The shop is 1,000 square feet and sells cookies, cupcakes, cakes and other sweets specially designed for dogs with natural ingredients. This includes an assortment of items made daily and special orders.

It’s centrally located, but there is also a lot of local foot traffic and is only a block from Schiller Park, which is often teeming with dogs.

The “paw-stry chef” is no puppy when it comes to baking. She started at Three Dog Bakery in Short North 11 years ago and ran that store’s bakery for eight years.

Jacques entered this work as a skeptic.

“I thought putting a party hat on a dog and giving him a birthday cake was ridiculous,” she said. “Now that’s my whole brand. The joy of seeing a dog go crazy for a treat and how happy it makes him and his owner make me happy ”,

When the Short North store closed, she left alone. She spent months developing new recipes and accumulating the appropriate state licenses and approvals to run a bakery from her home.

In October 2018, she launched The Cakehound, jostling between farmers’ markets and selling directly to customers who contacted social media.

Jacques has spent the last few years devoting 30 to 40 hours per week to his business while working in the restaurant business for additional income, sometimes up to 30 or 40 hours per week as well. Covid-19 put an end to the restaurant concert and pushed her to develop The Cakehound into a full-fledged online operation.

“It exploded,” she said. “People spent all day with their dogs and I’m lucky they wanted to spoil them. I was able to survive on my own with birthday cakes for a while.

The goal for 2021 was to find a showcase and leave the kitchen of the house that she renovated twice to meet demand.

The brick and mortar space isn’t just for Jacques’ business. She is now able to donate storage space to other small, female-owned, pet-focused businesses including Cheerful Hound, Doggish, Girls Gone Raw, and others.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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