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Dog-store owners look for new person to continue paws-itive legacy

Trena Page and co-owner Deloree Burd (not pictured) hope to retire soon after 10 years of success with their pet business, Sophie’s Touch, in Gig Harbor. The pet boutique has quite the following with loyal customers, and is situated along Harborview Drive along the waterfront main street in the harbor.
Trena Page and co-owner Deloree Burd (not pictured) hope to retire soon after 10 years of success with their pet business, Sophie’s Touch, in Gig Harbor. The pet boutique has quite the following with loyal customers, and is situated along Harborview Drive along the waterfront main street in the harbor. Staff photographer

Sophie’s Touch, in the downtown waterfront of Gig Harbor, is looking for the right person to come in and take over the store.

Owned by Trena Page and Deloree Burd, the dog store has become a standby for pet owners of Gig Harbor. The two women want to find someone who can continue the legacy.

“We certainly don’t want to close the doors,” Page said.

Page and Burd announced the sale on the business’s Facebook page in early August.

“Owners (Page and Burd) love their customers and want to give them the continued experience in shopping at a special and unique store where people and their pets feel welcomed and appreciated,” the post read. “ It is time for us to retire!!!”

The post also says the women are looking for someone to build on the foundation of the store in downtown.

Page and Burd know the next owner will need passion for the store, that’s why they’re holding out for the right person and content to continue with the store for now. The lease is up in January.

“It’s a big step to get into small business,” Page said.

But Page talked about the reward of owning a small business, especially in a community like Gig Harbor. Sophie’s Touch began by selling dog beds and treats for pups at local farmer’s markets. That all grew into a brick-and-mortar store about five years ago.

“We had a dream and we acted on it,” Page said.

The advantage of Sophie’s Touch is the well-established customer base, which supports the business. It helps that the downtown waterfront is such a dog-walking area. It’s hard to go for a stroll without seeing a four-legged walker out and about. Those dogs get pretty spoiled with biscuits, toys and even clothes from Sophie’s Touch.

“The dog walkers rarely get by the store (without coming in to shop),” Page joked.

Page said the store, and downtown, has really benefited from the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance.

“You can just feel that there’s a different energy down here,” Page said. “It’s just starting to hit its stride.”

Page admitted she has mixed emotions about selling off the business — she loves what she does.

“If I was 10 years younger, I’d do it again,” she said.

Sophie’s Touch is located at 3302 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155

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