Finley’s Barkery, like many thoroughly 21st century businesses, started with a social mission: employing adults with special needs.
Named after the owners’ dog, Finley’s — which manufactures dog treats — grew through social media, gaining a huge boost when actor-entrepreneur Ashton Kutcher shared one of the company’s posts.
Along the way, owners Angie and Kyle Gallus got married, figuring building the venture was a good test for building a marriage.
Still, Angie said, the original idea “kind of came out of nowhere. We said, ‘Let’s do this.’ ”
Back in 2010, Angie Gallus started making dog treats with her special education students at Chaska High School, mixing oats and other ingredients together.
It was a fun activity that also taught the students how to follow directions