So as you all know I love to support local and started a segment where we could share, learn and inspire!

During lock down, we are going to do a whole lot of these to highlight these businesses – many of which are taking HUGE strain during this time – and shed some awareness and love to all.

So I would love to introduce you to an awesome proudly South African business, that is taking the market by storm! Say hello to Bloo’s Buffet! They make organic frozen doggie food!  Your doggies would be so happy to eat these products.

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So Nidele from Bloo’s Buffet was kind enough to tell us about their business!

Background

Our inspiration was our little older doggie we adopted Bloo. He has a skin condition and no pigmentation around his eyes, so we decided to add human edible food for dogs to his
dry food.

After seeing a drastic change in Bloo’s skin and overall well-being, it inspired this mother & daughter team to create Bloo’s Buffet.

Our frozen doggie feasts are made with organic, free-range premium ingredients with no preservatives or by-products.

You opened your own business  –  How does it feel to be a business owner that loves what they do?

Just AMAZING! I’m very grateful for my support system – my fiancé, mom & dad, family, friends and of course Bloo’s approval has made this journey a little easier.

Our business is a mother-daughter duo venture and we have this creative unit that is a good sounding board to discuss ideas and opinions, rather than doing it all alone.
We have also received incredible local support – from sourcing our ingredients locally to
having our brand develop by Amy Slatem – an expat in Australia.

What are the top 3 learnings you have had to find out the hard way since starting your own business?

Goodness only 3 !! HAHA

You can’t win them all – even thought we have been received in a very positive way and
have had immensely supportive feedback, there will always be the ones that you can’t win and that’s ok!

There will always be obstacles but see them as learning curves – it’s important to remember to keep a level head and take a deep breath before tackling the hurdles.

BE AUTHENTIC! – Stay true to your vision and brand – it’s important to be consistent
whether it be in your core business values or having your end product have the same
dependable quality every time.

Where do you see your business in 5 years?

We are hoping to expand our brand – into other flavours and dog food and perhaps dog
products. We would love to have our brand known far and wide whilst having it synonymous with high quality pet products and great service and hopefully with the exposure, we would definitely want for bigger brands to collaborate with us whether it be sponsorships or events.

I would love to start donating a portion of the sales to the SPCA in Uitenhage – where we
adopted Bloo. Caring for our pets and planet is important to Bloo’s Buffet – We would love to have all our packaging somehow come back to us and we can recycle for our clients

What is your advice to individuals out there wanting to start their own businesses but are too scared?

If you find something you are passionate about, just go for it, don’t be shackled by excuses and fears.

From my personal experience starting a new business is often a learn-as-you-go process –
but still do your research, armed with the right knowledge and passion you can elevate your business to the next level.

Tell us 2 things that are the BEST part about owning your own business and make it all worth while?

Of course, the best part is that our little Bloo inspired us to create this range of treats that we get to share with others.

Made with love, and from our home to yours, it gives us SO much joy to see other owner’s best friends enjoy our wholesome treats. Knowing that our premium quality treats are being given to doggies that are immensely cared for by their dog parent(s) makes us enjoy what we do even more.

Being part of a community that have the utmost respect and love for dogs, and other living creatures make is all worthwhile.

How has lock down affected you?

It has had a major impact on the small business sector, the environment in which we operate in has been stagnant, and it has definitely delayed our business in many aspects, from finding a suitable courier to having our website completed.

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Check out their website for for info! Follow them on Instagram and Facebook – they would appreciate the love!

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