Two best friends witnessed a huge milestone in their burgeoning business, as they carefully counted and documented ingredients for their handmade dog biscuits on a sunny summer day.
Angela Brown, co-owner of 2 Besties Biscuits, remembers how nailing the consistency for the all-natural, biscuits really got things rolling.
Previously, the ingredients would combine to be too sticky or brittle. But when the friends perfected their recipe during a "joyous" August day, a shared endeavor from the heart took off full-speed.
"It worked," Co-owner Paula Brown said. "They’re going to be perfect."
The best friends work full-time, but they have also carved out enough time over the past 28 years to bake about 24,000 cookies for friends and loved ones — they jokingly call them "human biscuits" now — Brown estimated. The close friends decided to make natural dog biscuits together to enhance the lives of dogs and their owners, and to benefit the Northeast Missouri Humane Society with each sale. After they discovered that their dogs had allergies of some sort, both friends felt that food made from natural ingredients would help their furry pals out.
The Missouri and Illinois state licenses and lab test results for the biscuits came at an ideal time, so the team could donate proceeds from their sales to the Northeast Humane Society during their 50th anniversary celebration in September.
"It was pretty awesome," Angela Brown said.
The close friends work from Paula Brown’s kitchen, making batches by hand of between 50 and 110 dog biscuits with natural ingredients like certified organic peanut butter and filtered water. The treats are edible for humans, too — one of Paula Brown’s children munched on a biscuit, deciding it just needed a little bit of sugar. When the team gets going, the kitchen’s island and counters are covered with trays of treats.
"When we bake cookies, they’re everywhere," Paula Brown said.
The friends maintain a light-hearted approach — making birthday biscuits and treats in almost every holiday shape imaginable. So far, they’ve discovered that dogs enjoy munching on various shapes of biscuits.
"We wanted it to be fun," said Angela Brown.
With every biscuit purchase, the friends will donate 20 percent of the proceeds to the Northeast Humane Society. Through each step, purchasing local ingredients, using environmentally-friendly processes and making a positive difference for dogs and their owners remain core concepts for the friend’s growing business, Angela Brown said.
"We just hope that if a little bit of what we do makes something a little bit better, I guess that’s happiness at this point," Angela Brown said.
The team is preparing to head to the Quincy Mall with bunches of biscuits on Saturday, Oct, 29, for a Quincy Kennel Club event. To find out more about 2 Besties Biscuits, please visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/2bestiesbiscuits/?ref=nf , Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/2bestiesbiscuits/ or follow them on Twitter at @BestiesBiscuits.
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