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Community Highlights: Meet Savannah Bradley of Off The Chain Dog Park Bar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Savannah Bradley.

Hi Savannah, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
My fiancé, Adam Wirthlin, and I opened Off The Chain Dog Park Bar back in October 2021. We both grew up in the area and met in college.

I received a degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina and Adam is currently an Airborne Ranger in the United States Army. We have two dogs (Mr. Peanutbutter and Pickles) and have a passion for beer.

We decided to combine these two things and create our dream jobs.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
An obvious obstacle that I am sure most businesses suffered from was Covid. Even though we opened near the end, lumber prices and labor were steep during the construction phase of the bar.

Another obstacle we are currently facing is keeping the dogs cool in the heat of a South Carolina summer. We have multiple dog bowls and pools right now but it is still a challenge.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We are a dog park that features several wines and 20 craft beers from the upstate and nearby cities. We specialize in creating a safe and secure environment for dogs to meet other dogs and get energy out.

We require everyone to sign a waiver and provide current vaccinations so that dog parents can feel better about coming and meeting unfamiliar dogs. We do not require a fee or membership but rather encourage our return pups to join our rewards program for a discount on beer.

Our proudest achievement would have to be a puppy webcam that we attach to one of our dogs. This live streams directly to our Facebook page, so on most weekends you can see the dog park from a dog’s point of view.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
Opening the business during Covid was definitely one of the biggest risks I’ve taken.

I had to put my savings and faith into a business I knew nothing about. I can’t tell you if I regret the decision or not since we’ve only been open less than a year but I can tell you that past me would’ve been upset if I didn’t take this risk.

It got to a point where I couldn’t stop picturing myself opening a bar and I knew I would be disappointed in myself if I didn’t follow this dream.

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