Community rallies behind pet-friendly business in Millard
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A small subway company in Omaha was watching the barrel shut down, that is, until their customers and the community rallied around them.
For almost three years, loud barks and merry wags of tail have filled the air at Barks N Brews. But it all almost ended.
“Unfortunately, COVID has hit us harder than we could have imagined and we are going to have to close our doors on April 30,” said Danielle Nielsen, owner of Barks N Brews. “We are extremely sorry and have held on as long as possible.”
Nielsen took two days to compose the farewell email for the other customers.
“It was tough, I think I bawled all day after doing it,” Nielsen said.
With COVID preventing many people from working from home, his dog sitting services were not needed.
“And then the bar was closed for the pandemic and so you know our bartender lost his job for a few months,” she says. “People rallied around this, but it wasn’t enough to keep staying open.”
With a few days to spare before the April 30 closing deadline, one of his clients launched a GoFundMe to keep the doors open. Almost $ 7,300 was raised in five days.
The longer term future is still quite uncertain, the email she sent to say goodbye is still painful to review.
“Thinking that if I have to send it again, you know it’s… it’ll just be horrible so I pray that it doesn’t happen,” Nielsen said.
For now, she will continue to work, trying to find permanent solutions while thanking the community for their unwavering support.
“I stumble over my words because I can’t find the right words to describe how grateful we are for staying open,” she said.
Nielsen says the best way to help is to bring your dog to daycare, even if you work from home and just want him to have a little playtime.
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