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Meet Bri Bradley of Smart Cookie Barkery in Golden

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

It all started with two cancer diagnoses, an obsession for nutrition, and a tricycle…

In 2012, Scott and Bri Bradley started Smart Cookie Barkery when their Aussie was diagnosed with lymphoma, and Bri at 24, learned she had breast cancer. Fueled by a new found obsession for nutrition and functional ingredients, they took their treats, hit the streets, and sold them out of a wooden tricycle, fondly known as the Smart Cookie Cart. Smart Cookie is rooted in using pure, simple, and wholesome ingredients which is why we Treat Smarter.

Located in beautiful Golden, Colorado, we are not your average dog treat bakery – our treats are handcrafted from scratch using real ingredients, in a real kitchen by real people. We have a wide variety of treat options, and visit farmer’s markets, dog parks, breweries, and other community events with our Smart Cookie Cart throughout the Denver metro area!

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Owning your own business is filled with lots of challenges. You get really good at creative problem-solving. There’s never enough resources, money or time to do everything you want to, but we do the best we can! We’ve now been in business for almost seven years and have grown every single year, so we’re really proud of that.

Please tell us about Smart Cookie Barkery.
Smart Cookie Barkery is a dog treat company. We have our brand, Smart Cookie, which is comprised of healthy, handcrafted, artisan style dog treats that we sell on our website, in approximately 400 independent pet specialty stores across the country, and also from our Smart Cookie Cart, food “truck” for dogs. Additionally, we are a co-packer and manufacture an array of dog treats for other pet food companies, big and small. We are proud to be family owned and operated.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
You learn and grow from your mistakes, so honestly, nothing. It has been such a learning process starting a business from scratch and those experiences we’ve learned throughout these six years have been so valuable. So, have we done everything perfectly? Far from it. Do we sometimes wish we could have just started already knowing all the answers? Absolutely, but there’s something to be said about learning from these experiences that has made us a better company, and that I wouldn’t change for anything.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 15820 W 6th Ave
    Golden, CO 80401
  • Website:
  • Phone: 7204669878
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @smartcookiedogtreats
  • Facebook: @smartcookietreats
  • Twitter: @smrtcookietreat

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