NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley is thrilled to support the Millrace Kitchen, an incubator space designed to support food business startups. Since opening in 2017, over 40 food businesses have worked out of the kitchen space at 40 South Main Street.
In this series, you’ll Meet the Millrace Members, get a sense of what it takes to start a food business and learn of some incredible food and baked goods being made right in downtown Woonsocket.
Tell us about yourself and your business.
Best friends, Diana and Patricia own Duffy’s Goodies – an all-natural artisan dog bakery.
We started the bakery because Patricia’s 13-year old Shetland Sheepdog Duffy has suffered with profound health issues – including an autoimmune disease, severe allergies and high cholesterol. In an effort to help heal Duffy from the inside out, we wanted him to eat as clean as possible. Essentially our goal was to feed him whole, simple foods, that would give him a chance to resolve his health issues.
When we started to make dog biscuits, we didn’t have a recipe. We started experimenting with the ingredients we wanted Duffy to eat that were as healthy as possible while being tasty too! We use only the finest, all-natural ingredients and never use any preservatives. Once we settled on some dog treat recipes, we started to share them with our friends and neighbors. In doing so we learned that other dog parents had similar concerns about the preservatives in their dog’s treats and wanted an alternative they could feel good about feeding them. Duffy’s Goodies was born in October 2020!
What type of food do you make?
We create freshly made, all natural artisan biscuits, made only of whole ingredients. The simpler the better!
Most of our recipes have four or less ingredients. We use oat flour, fresh peanut butter, lean ground beef, shaved steak, fresh salmon, eggs, whole wheat flour, chia seeds and pumpkin. Some of our goodies include P’Nutty Cookies, Pumpkin Chia Snaps, Beefy Biscuits, and Steak Cake!
How can customers find you?
Customers can find Duffy’s Goodies on Facebook! We can also be contacted by phone at (401) 282-9516, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are your business dreams?
In addition to Duffy’s Goodies, we are currently launching a dog accessory brand called The Pupperdashery.
The Pupperdashery sells classic accessories for your extraordinary dog and features pupcycled and original fabrics and designs. The Pupperdashery can also be found on Facebook! We hope to someday have a retail storefront.
Interested in starting up your own food business? Need for a baker or caterer for your next event? Looking for a unique space to hold a party?
Visit the Millrace Kitchen to learn more about our offerings.