If you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram you’ve hopefully seen some pics and video of the construction progress happening at our second location in Jonesboro – in this post we want to tell you all about the humans caring for your hounds, including the happy announcement of the newest Operations Manager to join our pack!
There really aren’t words (or barks) to articulate how it feels to be bringing Hounds’ Hideaway to Jonesboro. Since December 2015 we’ve been operating down in Conway, and I have to tell you that the Pet Parent community there is the stuff doggie dreams are made of – they’ve given us constant love, ideas, and feedback – all things we hope will make location #2 in Jonesboro everything you’re hoping for!
It’s funny, even though Hounds’ Hideaway first started in Conway, it’s been tied to Jonesboro since long before. When we came up with the idea for the facility, we were new residents to Conway and only had a hunch it might do well in that community. So, we called up some good friends at ASU to help us cipher through hoards of data and make sense of our business plan. Oh how grateful we will always be to the graduate students and faculty in the College of Business and the ASBTDC for their help getting us to the big decision of, “ok YES this might actually work!”
Almost two years later we’re bringing the dream HOME (yes we’re Jonesboro natives and ASU grads!) and are so excited to share it with you! Our totally brand new Jonesboro facility is located on 4 acres at 900 Congress Circle, just off West Washington. We LOVE this location – even with its proximity to downtown and Hwy 63, it still feels a bit like being out of town where there’s plenty of room to stretch out. Here are a few construction pics if you need a visual…
Anyhoo, back to the point – the people! Jonesboro, you are getting a gem of a human to lead the pack that takes care of your furries. I’ll be your Head Human (that’s me holding the beagle in the pic up there) and no doubt we’ll cross paths, but we know how important it is to have a lovable local there for you all day every day, and we think our newest human Hailey Knight is the perfect lady for you and your fur-kids!
Hailey is also a Jonesboro native and ASU grad, and for the last few years you might have recognized her as the face of downtown. She’s been the Executive Director of the Downtown Jonesboro Association, leading the charge to make downtown an awesome place to live, work, shop, eat, and play. You may not know, though, that when Hailey isn’t downtown you’ll likely find her wearing her other hat as a professional pet sitter to many of Jonesboro’s 4-legged residents, and being mom to her two guinea pigs Oreo and Miss piggy! She and her boyfriend Jeremy also have an adorable kitten, Bootsie, that you’ll definitely want to meet too. We are so excited for Hailey to be the face of Hounds’ Hideaway (and speaking of face that’s her up there in the photo with the Guineas!) and so thankful to have someone who shares our passion and vision for super cool pet care running this new Jonesboro show.
We’re getting SO close y’all – construction is wrapping shortly and then we’ll be busy bees filling the facility with everything we need to create hound happiness! Our official opening date isn’t set yet, but we know it’ll be in October! If you want to be the first to know about private parent events and open (dog) house events, join our Hounds Hideaway Pet Parents – Jonesboro GROUP on Facebook. We so appreciate your support thus far and can’t wait to open the doggie doors!