Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Made in Frederick: Bare Bites Provides Healthy Treats for Pets From Coast to Coast

In The City of Frederick, many local businesses make and manufacture their own products. From distilled spirits to dog treats, companies are choosing Frederick as a place to make their products and do business.  

Made in Frederick is a feature that showcases these businesses and their products. 

Allison Levitt is the owner of Bare Bites, based in in Downtown Frederick. Allison provided us with a behind-the-scenes tour of how Bare Bites provides 100% all-natural US-sourced pet treats. 

How long has your company been in business?
The company was established in 2011, but I did not pursue Bare Bites full-time until 2014.

What is your product/products?

We make all-natural dog, cat and horse treats. Our top seller is Bare Bites made with 100% USDA dehydrated beef liver, great for both dogs and cats. Our other brands of treats include, Brew Yahs, Yam Jams, Bare Bits, and our horse treat, Flax Jax.

What makes your product different?

All of our products are made using 100% all natural ingredients, source in the U.S.A. Our treats contain no preservatives, additives or fillers.

What do you want your customers to know about your product?

We want our customers to know that we are a women-owned, dog-driven company. Our products are made with only USA-sourced ingredients, and we buy local whenever possible. We care about our community and their pets. We are not on the shelves of Petco or PetSmart. We vow to always support the independent retailer.

Why are you located in Frederick?
We are located in Frederick because we live in downtown, and I also owned a pet retail store downtown for ten years before I started Bare Bites.

What does Frederick offer a company like yours?
A sense of community!


Visit Bare Bites
Warehouse Location Address
27 S. Carroll Street 
Frederick, MD 21701

Mon-Fri 8:30 - 5:00
Sat 8:30 - 5:00 (Only between Thanksgiving & Christmas)

ADI Attendees Learn 3 Reasons to Open a Distillery in Frederick

Frederick was well represented at the 2017 American Distilling Institute Craft Spirits Conference & Expo. The annual conference and trade show welcomed attendees from all over the country and supports the craft distilling industry.  The Department of Economic Development partnered with the Tourism Council of Frederick County and the Frederick County Office of Economic Development to jointly exhibit at this year's show.  The exhibit provided the opportunity to educate attendees on the 3 Reasons to Open Your Distillery in Frederick, Maryland:

1. Supportive Local Laws & Friendly Business Climate
In 2013, The City of Frederick updated City zoning codes to allow small wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the Downtown Frederick area, paving the way for these growing industries to boom locally. This means a craft distillery can open right in the heart of Downtown Frederick, nearby all of the restaurants, shops, and more. Outside of the City, the county is updating laws to grow this industry as well.

2. Craft Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries Thrive in Frederick
Frederick County is home to over 25 wineries, breweries, and distilleries, making it a destination with a reputation for sipping and sampling. In just over a year, six new distilleries and craft breweries have opened in Frederick. A local group of craft beverage entrepreneurs meet regularly, helping to support each other and jointly market. Thanks to a collaborative spirit, local economic development organizations, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and tourism all work together to support and promote this industry.

3. Strong Tourism Destination
Located less than an hour from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Frederick is the second largest city in Maryland. Visitors to Frederick County spend on average over $1 million a day. Additionally, more than 1.7 million people visit the county each year. The Tourism Council of Frederick County actively promotes and markets the craft beverage industry as a major visitor attraction, ensuring the right visitors for your business are making their way to the area.