Michael Lewis loves pit bulls.
“They’re great dogs,” he says. “Some get bad stigmas, but it’s all about the owner. I want to create awareness about the level of responsibility that goes along with the bully breed.”
To do so, Lewis opened Trick Your Bully
, a new specialty pet store in REO Town
featuring equipment for larger dog breeds including specialty collars, show leads, large muzzle and more. Lewis invested approximately $8,500 in the new location, including high-quality, handmade dog handling accessories.
“I used to show pit bulls,” Lewis says. “For the larger breeds, there’s not a lot of equipment in most stores that is functional for them.”
Lewis chose his 850 square foot REO Town location for its accessibility and for the walkable nature of the neighborhood that inspires dog walkers, but also for the growing sense of community there.
“I think REO Town is beginning to be an artsy place,” he says. “I want to be a part of the community.”
Lewis has community engagement plans of his own, hoping his store can be host to dog rescues and like organizations.
Trick Your Bully opened in March. Dogs are welcome in the store.
“It’s their store,” Lews says. “I’ve even got a big mirror here for them, so they can check themselves out. They like that.”
Source: Michael Lewis, Trick that Bully
Writer: Natalie Burg, News Editor