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Pet Pro Revs Up Her Business in the Motor City

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JAMIE JUDSON
City Bark, Detroit, MI

To say Jamie Judson leads a busy life is an understatement. She balances her day job in digital marketing with nights and weekends at her pet store, City Bark. Judson handpicks all items sold, from locally made collars with a Motor City theme to high-quality supplies for dogs and cats. She does it all with help from her amazing staff, which includes store pups Carter the German Shepherd and Bernie the Saint Bernard.

PHOTO BY KEVIN STEEN/THOUGHTOGRAPHY


This article originally appeared in the November-December 2017 edition of PETS+.

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