As a family owned business we would like to share with you our journey from how our business started to where it is today.
Call in to our store to see our timline diplay with some of the very first products Levi ever made.
As a child Levi always had an interest in making things he needed such as dog collars, whips and even animal traps. As a teenager a neighbour took the time to teach Levi some basic leather skills which he later utilised to manufacture whips commercially which were sold to several produce shops across North Queensland. From here he started making Pig Hunting collars for himself, family and friends.
The idea to start a business producing quality Pig Hunting products came to like and Levi along with his wife Rachel agreed on the name Bark’n For Bacon. Levi got to work hand sewing prototypes of his plate designs and outsourcing the actual production of the final products.
With the need for more control during the manufacturing stage of his products Levi and Rachel made the investment of their first industrial sewing machine, a restored Singer 132KG.
Teaching himself to sew efficiently he started producing collars from his shed, once again they were made for himself and sold to friends and family but as others saw the products demand quickly grow.
As popularity of these products grew, Levi and Rachel secured their first reseller in Mareeba. The business name was registered, with Rachel designing the logos and branding.
Rachel utilised her skills as a Graphic Designer by creating Bark’n For Bacon’s first website.
As demand for Bark’n For Bacon products grew across Australia several more resellers contacted Levi to stock their products.
To aid the business growth, Rachel and Levi began to travel to local Pig Hunting competitions such as the Peeramon Pig Hunt and Pinnacle Big Boar comp to name a few, both conducting a pop up shop and being on board as a major sponsor.
It was during this period that Levi and Rachel welcomed their two children Kayla and Jake, which came with its own new challenges and the way the business was run had to be adapted.
The decision was made to take the business to the to the next level and open their first shop front. This shop was small, being in behind KFC in the small row of shops. At this stage Levi was also working full time and the shop was open 4:30pm till late on weekdays and 8am - 12pm on Saturdays.
It was decided to open the shop under the new branding Mareeba Working Dog Supplies as they did not want to limit the business to just Pig Hunting products. Levi had always made quite a few other rural products such as bull straps, whips and other bits and pieces of saddlery. As space allowed Levi had plans to branch further into this field.
After only just 6 months in the small shop, the business had well and truely outgrown the premises. The decision was made to shift to the main street at 116 Byrnes Street, beside KFC.
In 2015 Levi and Rachel’s hard work was recognised, being nominated for Business of the Year and Customer Service at the Mareeba Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, taking out Highly Commended for New Business of the Year.
In late 2017 Rachel decided it was time for Bark’n For Bacon’s branding to have a design makeover along with the shop name and branding to include Saddlery, as we had now began to branch further into other areas. Rachel never liked the early shop logo as Levi had just wanted a simple design so Rachel jumped at the chance to put her touch on the new logos.
2017 also saw Bark’n For Bacon’s international wholesale open up, securing resellers in Texas USA.
Levi and Rachel made several changes to the business by customising a box trailer to allow them to operate a mobile shop out of at local Rodeos and events across Far North Queensland allowing them to take their products directly to their customers.
This same year Bark’n For Bacon plates also received a make over, resulting in a well performing and great looking product.
In late 2018 the decision was made to move into a much bigger premises to allow for expansion of our product range and a more productive work area for Levi.
“While it has been a lot of hard work to get to this point, the journey has been enjoyable with a lot of good memories and friends being made along the way. These achievements would not have been possible without the help, hard work and initiative been shown by staff member Carol Amory and her family and very importantly, all our loyal customers both locally and around Australia”
Cheers Levi and Rachel