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Entrepreneurial Couples: Kelly & Robert Ison

Posted By LocalShops1, Tuesday, February 11, 2014

After yet another scary dog food recall, Kelly and Robert Ison of St. Petersburg decided to create their own all-natural pet treats. And so in January 2012, they launched The SMARTCOOKEE Company. This Valentine's Day they celebrate 10 years of marriage.


"We wanted to ensure our West Highland Terrier, Abbey was benefitting from the healthiest treat possible," Kelly says. "We quickly realized lots of pet parents felt the same way!"


Secrets to working together and not killing each other:

We’ve managed to successfully grow SMARTCOOKEE, and maintain a successful marriage by approaching both endeavors in the same way: as a Partnership. We understand there are things Kelly is better at, and there things Robert is better at. We simply play to our strengths.


Best part of working together:

Working together is very fulfilling and we are incredibly excited about the future. We have grown from simple drawings in a spiral notebook into a brand and products created with love that we are very proud of.


Kelly and Robert can be reached at 727.823.8233.


Meet more couples who work together in our Entrepreneurial Couples series.  

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