Handmade collars attracting canine customers

By Erin Mairose, for SiouxFalls.Business

In less than six months, dogs in more than 12 states have become owners of handmade collars made by Branden and Melissa Glaser, owners of Griff Collars & Co.

The Glasers got the idea for the business because of their dog, a wire-haired pointing griffon named Griffie.

“Basically on our dog’s first birthday, we came up with the idea to start making collars,” Branden said.

Branden does all the sewing for the collars, while Melissa cuts the fabric, does the tagging and manages orders that come in through their online site as well as through word of mouth.

“We started selling them in July of this year, and then word started to get out that way about our collars,” Branden said.

They have more than 100 designs, from sports teams to plaids and prints. The Glasers spend time sourcing fabric stores and searching online sites, including Etsy. They hope to expand into making leashes, treats and ID tags.

The collars will be sold at the 605 Made Holiday Market, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 in the underground parking level of Cherapa Place in downtown Sioux Falls.

“Most canine customers and their owners are pretty excited to get the collars,” said Branden, who often receives photos of dogs sporting their new gear.

Griff Collars are sold at pet stores in Beresford, Dell Rapids and at Knotty Gnome Variety & Salvage in Hartford. Online customers include dog owners throughout the U.S., from California to South Carolina.

Handmade collars attracting canine customers

Branden and Melissa Glaser got the idea for the business because of their dog, a wire-haired pointing griffon named Griffie.

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