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Dogged Entrepreneurs

JORDAN, RICK AND KRISTA COFFEY
CO-OWNERS, BARKEFELLERS

When Rick and Christi Coffey decided to open an upscale pet hotel called Barkefellers, their schnauzers - Max and Emma - proudly served as “bouncers”. If your pet didn’t get along with these top dogs, it was time to find another place to stay.

HERB AND ALEXI COFFEY
BARKEFELLERS FRANCHISEES
AT THE COLUMBUS, INDIANA, CONSTRUCTION SITE
CO-OWNERS, BARKEFELLERS

When your dream involves making sure that 20 dogs play well together, even in Barkefellers’ large play areas, a high level of behavioral standards must be met. “We’ve created these amazing spaces where dog lovers can comfortably drop off their pets and feel good about doing so,” said Rick. “Max and Emma were the inspiration for our business, and although they have since passed away, they set the bar for the high quality of care we provide our guests today.”


“Right out of the gate, I could tell they were different,” said Herb. “They seemed to understand our vision and need for flexibility where others simply could not.”

With three locations in Indianapolis, Indiana, Barkefellers is truly a family affair. The enterprise includes two of the Coffey’s children, Jordan and Krista, as well as Rick’s brother, Herb, who is currently building Barkefellers’ first franchise location in Columbus, Indiana. Herb, whose daughter Alexi will manage the new location, decided to join the Barkefellers family when Rick opted to grow the business through franchising to minimize his need for travel. As Herb set about securing a partner to finance his building, he felt he was barking up the wrong tree…until he met with First Internet Bank. “Right out of the gate, I could tell they were different,” said Herb. “They seemed to understand our vision and need for flexibility where others simply could not.”

The new Columbus location is on track to open in the summer of 2020, and Herb can’t wait. “A dog owner’s biggest concern is care for their best friend when they aren’t around,” said Herb. “To be able to give them peace of mind and ensure that their companion is cared for in a fun and safe environment is a dream come true. To share that with my daughter is even more rewarding.” First Internet Bank takes pride in supporting entrepreneurial ventures, especially when they bring a touch of happiness to peoples’ lives. As Barkefellers continues to grow, our goal is to help more of the Coffeys’ dreams become paws-sible.

 

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