DALLAS — Owner Daniel Mimms says her company, The Bearded Ladies & Co., is a pet accessory company inspired by her miniature Schnauzer and a Kerry Blue Terrier that specializes in trendy dog gear.
And Mimms is an inventor — she has a patent-pending for her invention, The Transfurable Traveler — a carrying case for your collapsed dog crate.
“Yes, it’s my design, my product, and I have a patent pending,” Mimms said.
Mimms also makes reversible dog bandanas, tote bags for dog supplies, crate mats, custom collars and collar bows.
Mimms started her business in 2016, and she is part of the Downtown Wilkes-Barre Holiday Pop-Up Shops program — one of 12 local small businesses participating in the program. The pop-ups are located at Midtown Village, 41 South Main St., for the holidays, through Saturday, Dec. 16.
The pop-up program is being held via a partnership among the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, the PPL Foundation and the Insalaco Development Group.
“I wanted to be able to be my own boss, travel with my husband and my dogs, so what better way than to make pet accessories and travel to different dog events,” Mimms said.
Mimms has taken her wares to events like the Purina National Dog Show in Philadelphia, and she will be at the Royal Canin Dog Show in December.
Locally, her products can be found at Three Dog Bakery in Kingston where bandanas and tote bags are sold there; Big Ten Subs, Lehman Township sells her bandanas and tote bags as well, and The Country Cork, Dallas wine shop (bandanas).
The Bearded Ladies name was inspired by Mimms’ two dogs — Lily, her salt and pepper miniature Schnauzer, and Dayze, a Kerry blue terrier
Mimms said three years ago, her husband, Rodney, and her took the dogs in their crates and went on vacation.
“When we would collapse the crates, they would move in the car and they would scratch the seats,” Mimms said. “Noticing this, I designed a product that secures the crate and stores the crate in the vehicle.”
Mimms said The Transfurable Traveler can also be used as a mat for the crate — the handle and strap remove to give you a dog leash, she said.
“Everything is functional,” Mimms said.
Mimms is trying to make her mark in the pet industry, which she said is a $60 billion dollar industry.
“There are a lot of pet owners, and pet lovers and people out there,” she said.
The Holiday Pop-Up Shop program is an opportunity for her to gain exposure for her business, she said.
“It’s a great opportunity for my business to get some exposure in downtown Wilkes-Barre,” Mimms said. “And it will provide a steady location during the holiday season.”
Mimms operates her business out of her home.
She said she hopes to cultivate new customers at the downtown location, who will pass the word along about her products.
“And if I could find the right deal, I would possibly consider setting up a shop downtown,” she said.
Mimms grew up in the Back Mountain, graduating from Lake-Lehman High School. She graduated from Lycoming College with a degree in psychology/sociology and earned her Master’s Degree in education at Wilkes University.