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Dogs go in the front door at Three Dog Bakery in San Clemente.

Dogs go in the front door at Three Dog Bakery in San Clemente.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was almost a year ago Matt and Claire Mardesich decided to leave Corporate America for the dogs and opened a canine bakery in San Clemente.  A year earlier theMardesichs had been on vacation in Northern California with their five huskies and came across a store they couldn’t live without…Three Dog Bakery.  It wasn’t long and they were the new owners of a franchise of their very own. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a week at the Kansas City Headquarters learning the ins and outs of doggy pastries, cakes and cookies, the Maradesichs opened the doors to a 1900 square foot store in downtown San Clemente in April of 2007.  Filled with every imaginable canine product available and all of it top quality, they have to have the best; their customers are tough on everything and their owners appreciate the quality too.

 

 

 

 “Dogs come into the store like they own it…”

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Karl checks out the goods in the cold case.

Karl checks out the goods in the cold case.

 

 
The proud owners both agree that having a store open seven days a week is the most grueling part of the new routine but their four legged clients make up for it.  They both admit that they never forget a dog’s name and the mug that goes with it but have a tougher time with their owners. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Dogs come into the store like they own it and all of them remember Matt and Claire; everything starts at the counter for a free treat before the shopping begins.  Three Dog Bakery specializes in treats with human quality ingredients and it shows as the top five selling items are Boxer Brownies, Peanut Mutter Cookies, Dottie Spots, Fiesta Fido treats and Collie Canoli. 

 

Pampering your pet isn’t an overused cliché in Orange County; it’s a serious reality and no where else can you see it better than with all the other products available at Three Dog Bakery.  An average sale at the store is twenty dollars as a specialized custom made doggie cake for any occasion starts at $15.95.  Add some collar and leash bling, a bed, a stainless steel water dish, a shirt or a sweater with fido’s favorite NFL team and you can find the bill north of a couple hundred dollars.  The bark is worse than the bite as everything is great quality and it’s really a one stop shop where anything you need or want is available.

 

Jean Lista and Bonnie Toth, neighbors in San Clemente both have dogs and there isn’t a holiday that goes by that Lista’s Maltese rescue dog, Buster, doesn’t get a doggie basket full of toys and treats from Toth’s terrier mix; all culled from the carefully ample shelves at Three Dog Bakery. 

 

Nose to Nose.

Nose to Nose.

A photo montage of clients and their owners overflows five times the original corkboard meant to hold only a few.  Every breed is represented in every pose with all types of props.  There is barely a pause in from one group leaving the store and there is another group of paws looking to sample the snacks…this is dog heaven.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 “…They both admit that they never forget a dog’s name and the mug that goes with it…”
 
 

 

 

 

Encouraged by the big dog welcome in San Clemente, not only from the business side of things, but also the community response and involvement, the Mardesichs, began to organize events in and outside of the store.  Every three weeks or so the store stays open late and hosts a “Yappy Hour” where they provide wine, beer and snacks, including pizza from the New York style Pizzeria next door. 

 

Everyone is invited and every shape and size dog and dog owner pass through sampling and mingling everything from hats and costumes to three layer cakes and cookies, all for pets.  Dogs push and pull on collars and leashes, straining to say hello to each other, explore a basket with squishy toys, chomp on a cookie or make it over for a pat from an admirer. 

 

Jack is always a ham.

Jack is always a ham.

 

 

Attending a “Yappy Hour”, you will notice, it’s the dogs that play host and introduce their owners to each other.  There seems to be some kind of dating scheme working at these events and Claire confirms it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I don’t know if there have been any doggie romances but I think we have a two legged romance blossoming…”

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