In the heart of Capitola lies a hidden gem for our furry friends – Brad’s Barkery. We had the pleasure of sitting down with Virginia Maxwell, the owner of Brad’s Barkery, to learn more about her journey and what makes this quaint establishment a must-visit for both locals and tourists alike.

Embracing the Capitola Community

For Virginia, the allure of doing business in Capitola lies in the warm embrace of the locals and the vibrant energy of the tourists. Having lived and worked in Capitola two decades ago, the beauty of the area still captivates her. It’s a place where community spirit thrives, making it the perfect setting for Brad’s Barkery to flourish.

From Carmel to Capitola: A Journey of Expansion

Brad’s Barkery made its mark in Capitola in August 2023, marking the beginning of a new chapter for Virginia and her team. With a location already established in Carmel-by-the-Sea, the decision to open a second location came from a desire to better serve their loyal customers from Santa Cruz County who had been visiting the Carmel store for the past 3 years. Expanding to Capitola felt like a natural progression.

The Inspiration Behind the Name

The name ‘Brad’s Barkery’ holds a special significance, rooted in the love for a four-legged family member – Brad, the rescue dog and taste tester extraordinaire. The business was really started by Natalie, Virginia’s daughter, who began offering offering the treat bags for new dog adoptions at Peace of Mind Dog Rescue and Animal Friends Rescue in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. What began as a heartfelt gesture blossomed into a thriving business named after Brad, and driven by a passion for providing wholesome treats for our faithful companions.

Capitola: A Haven for Food, Fun, and Furry Friends

Capitola’s charm lies in its delectable dining options, breathtaking beach, and lively atmosphere. Whether you’re indulging in a culinary delight, basking in the sun-kissed shores, or exploring the local shops, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. And for our furry friends, Brad’s Barkery offers a haven of organic treats and unique dog items, ensuring they too can partake in the delights of Capitola.

Virginia’s Favorite Capitola Pastime

When she’s not busy at Brad’s Barkery, Virginia loves nothing more than taking a leisurely stroll along the beach and perusing the local shops. It’s a simple pleasure that perfectly encapsulates the laid-back vibe of Capitola.

A Tail-Wagging Experience at Brad’s Barkery

What sets Brad’s Barkery apart is not just its delicious organic treats or its friendly Santa Cruz County staff, but also its unwavering commitment to serving the local community. From homemade bones, cannolis and donuts to a wide array of packaged treats, every item at Brad’s Barkery is crafted with love and care. As a family-owned business deeply rooted in the Monterey Bay Area, Virginia and her team welcome both two-legged and four-legged visitors with open arms.

Brad’s Barkery is more than just a pet store; it’s a testament to the bond between humans and their doggie companions. So, the next time you find yourself in Capitola, be sure to stop by Brad’s Barkery for a tail-wagging experience that’ll leave your pup begging for more.

Brad’s Barkery

200 Monterey Avenue
Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 250-3354