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furchildribboncuttingThe O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce joined owner Julie Hughes this month to celebrate her new specialty pet boutique at 105 E. First St. in Downtown O’Fallon.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house were held March 5 for Furchild Pet Boutique.

With the help of family and friends, Julie Hughes opened Furchild so she could better serve her community of pets and pet-lovers. She said she saw a need for a pet-friendly store where people could find high-quality food, treats, toys, and supplies for cats and dogs. Years of research went into choosing which products to carry, and nearly every product has been tested by her very own “furchildren.”

An advocate for pet health and well-being, she included two DIY bathing stations that allow customers to save money while bonding with their pets during bath time. Each station is equipped with natural, pH-balanced products, brushes, towels, adjustable heated dryers, and waterproof aprons.

Furchild was founded on the principle of being a community-centered, philanthropic business. Within the first two months of opening, Furchild returned nearly $2,500 to the O’Fallon community through various donations to schools, rescue organizations, and individuals in need.