Seminole, FL – August 23, 2021 – Bark Life, a full-service specialty pet retailer, has been voted “Best Local Pet Store” in the Tampa Bay Times “Best of the Best” people’s choice awards. The company finished first in a four-county area, which includes Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough Counties. Bark Life also won first place as “Best Local Pet Groomer” for the second year in a row, and second place as “Best Doggie Daycare.”
The win comes as owners Tammy and Mike Vasquez celebrate Bark Life’s 10th anniversary and also two years since moving into their new 14,000 square foot facility at the southwest corner of Park and Seminole Boulevards in Seminole. A second, franchise location, at 66th Street and Central Avenue, has been open for just over four years and is owned by Mary Neuberger.
“We want to thank the best customers in the world for this great honor and their incredible loyalty these past few years,” Tammy said. “They are now officially part of our Bark Life family, and we keep working hard to make the experience for their pets better and better.”
In 2020, Bark Life was voted “America’s Coolest Pet Store” by Pets Plus Magazine, a national industry trade publication. The judges liked the company’s “resort-style vibe,” roomy cage-free grooming suites, and the industry-leading safety and health features of their indoor/outdoor daycare and contemporary 68 room boarding facility.
Best Local Pet Groomer Two Years in a Row Both Bark Life locations were honored to be voted best groomer for a second time. “This is a testament to the talent of these great groomers,” said Mike Vasquez of Seminole. “They care about every customer…the pets and the people.” Mary from Bark Life’s St. Pete location agreed. “The passion they have for their craft is undeniable—and hard to find,” she said. “There is a difference and clearly people have noticed. We are really proud of them.”
About Bark Life
Bark Life Market was founded in 2011 with the simple mission to provide healthy pet food and treats, along with safe, cage-free grooming services to pet lovers in Tampa Bay. Reflecting on their 30+ years of experience serving the local pet industry, founders Tammy and Mike Vasquez crafted a uniquely personal, one-on-one shopping experience, highlighted by a friendly, well-educated staff. Bark Life has become a destination for pets and their owners from all over the area. Bark Life is located at 10720 Park Blvd, Seminole, FL. 33772 with a second location at 6647 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL 33710. Online: www.BarkLife.com.