Business owners (and married couple!) Tim Hagen and Jeffrey Clark have dedicated their lives to keeping Wisconsin pets happy and healthy. Since its 2017 launch, EarthWise Pet Supply & Grooming – Madison has provided a clean and inviting space with all-natural, often-local products, and a full-service grooming salon for our furry friends. Quickly after opening, the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce recognized the business as a Certified LGBT Business Enterprise.
Their efforts don’t stop there: as certified pet nutrition specialists, Hagen and Clark are able to personally recommend a variety of biologically appropriate foods. Their expertise doesn’t stop there – feel free to ask the couple about their all-natural treats, selection of squeaky toys, and, the Chamber’s favorite item, pet-collar bowties.
Beyond its generous support of local pet-focused causes, EarthWise has even opened its doors to the Chamber’s Coffee Connection series. If you were lucky enough to attend last November’s event, you’ll remember a number of members picking up some goodies for their special pets.
Co-owner Jeffrey Clark tells us more about his (and Tim’s) Certified LGBT Business Enterprise:
Tell us a bit about your business and what you do.
At EarthWise Pet Madison, our mission is to provide a unique pet store experience! We’re friendly, knowledgeable, ready to provide exceptional service, and passionate about keeping pets happy and healthy! We offer a wide selection of healthy and natural pet foods, treats, and supplements for cats and dogs, plus a variety of fun toys, puzzles, collars, leashes, harnesses, crates, beds, and other accessories. We also have top-notch groomers who provide full-service grooming as well as a convenient self-service dog wash to bathe your dirty dog.
Why did you decide to join the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber?
As a gay couple, we recognize the importance of connecting with other LGBT businesses and community to offer a welcoming place for people to shop for their pets. In this political climate, we must stand together and be open about who we are and show others that we will not stand for the bigotry and intolerance that surrounds us.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
We love helping people find the right solution for their pet, and of course, getting to meet and pet all of the adorable dogs is fantastic.
If you had to choose another career today, what would it be?
If only we could figure out how to incorporate lounging on the beach listening to the ocean into a career! As a runner-up, maybe a professional wine taster!
What’s the best piece of business advice you’ve ever been given?
Don’t play a game you’re not suited for, know the business you are in, and compete on your best assets!
How do you relax?
Wine! Ok, and good food too! We enjoy dining out at all of the amazing restaurants that Madison has to offer. We also enjoy cooking a nice meal at home with one of our favorite bottles of wine.
How would you like people to remember you and EarthWise?
We tend to geek out when it comes to pet nutrition, and we’re here to help find the best solution for your cats and dogs! We also like to support the community by hosting, sponsoring, and donating to local pet-focused causes.
EarthWise Pet Supply & Grooming is located at 3260 University Ave in Madison, WI.