Barking Dog Studio
We opened our store in Sooke BC March 17, 2014, in the north end of a small (8 stores) street-side mall right in the heart of Sooke.
Our phone for the Sooke store is 250-642-6677
Re-Loving! We can re-finish your old but favorite piece of furniture, & if some repairs are needed – no problem – we’ll repair it first. Bring the piece in, or a photo, & we’ll talk about the solution.
Debi is here with the (barking) dogs
& here re-loving an old side table for a customer, & Roseanna, Debi & Jenn, our service & re-finishing specialists!
Roseanna is putting the finishing touches on a rather large crab wall hanging that
Randy made for her . Of course all the finishing is done with
FAT Paint (made in New Westminster) or
Country Chic Paint (made in Duncan) artisan style chalk paint.
If Debi isn’t in the store to help you then Roseanna will be, & Jenn is usually there making a piece of furniture re-loved for a customer.
They love to talk art with our customers, can help with ideas & suggestions, &
are very talented themselves so they know of what they speak.
Randy, well he’ll be the one with sawdust clinging to him,
finding out what’s next on the honey-do list is.
Barking Dog Studio is owned by Debi McKay & Randy Welters.
Debi is the personality of the store & the design/finishing expert for re-loving furniture.
She also has her own line of jewellery, Jewls West Jewellery,
featuring local Whiffin Spit sand in glass earings.
Randy spends most of his time in the shop building custom furniture,
wood toys & yard furniture, & does custom repairs & projects for customers.
We can also provide the ‘outside the box’ vision for painting/finishing,
using either of our favorite chalk style artisan paints, Country Chic Paint (made in Duncan, BC)
or FAT Paint (which is made in New Westminster).
“Reflecting Sooke’s Artistic Imagination”
At any one time we display around 95 local artists as well as our own works. Most of our artists are from the South Vancouver Island area, with a few from the mainland of British Columbia. We are proud to be the retail outlet for our local artists & being focused on such immense talent & imagination.
Barking Dog Studio was awarded the 2015 Business Excellence Award by
The Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce for outstanding business and service.
Where our Name Came From – The Dogs!
Dachshunds are talkative, energetic & nosey – everyone should know this. Molly & Gracie fit this to a T; hence our name. Now, we know there can be confusion whether we are a dog store, & we do make our own dog necklaces (okay collars), & we have locally made leashes & dog jewellery, but having a mother (Molly) & daughter (Gracie) team just seemed to dictate the name. The girls are in the store much of the time, but sometimes their energy levels get them a time-out to home.
Sooke Fine Arts Show
Each year our arts community & volunteers puts on an incredible art show, The Sooke Fine Art Show, & every year this juried show brings tremendous fine art focus on our town. It is held each summer on the last week of July ending on BC Day, which the first Monday in August.