We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittney Garbani and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brittney, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Creating my boutique was simply a combination of two things I am deeply passionate about, that and the fact that I felt the timing was right in my life to start my own business. I truly believe home is where your hound is, and with the skill set I had gained throughout my career prior to opening the shop, I felt that I had the know-how and tools that were required to go out on my own. I personally cannot get enough of seeing how people express their style within the walls in which they live, and how it’s becoming more accepted to embrace a lifestyle in which dogs and design dwell together harmoniously. Dogs and their accessories are an extension of us and are a big component of our lives that should be celebrated and enjoyed, so why not combine these items into a shop environment? It brings me a great deal of satisfaction curating unique and accessible home goods and goods for our dogs to show people that you can effortlessly blend the two, express your sense of style, and achieve inspired design all at the same time.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My background in fashion, graphic and interior design greatly impacts the success of my business. From redesigning the exterior storefront and interior space, to building custom fixtures, sourcing products, and even merchandising and maintaining the shop. My goal is that it always feels welcoming, visually balanced and inspiring. I pride myself on curating a space that blurs the lines between residential and retail, and I enjoy the humanity of connecting with my customers and offering them personable service. I believe my shop concept, home is where your hound is, is becoming more and more recognized. I’m still quite new at owning and operating my business which means I am constantly learning, but I am over the moon that HOME + HOUND celebrated its one year anniversary in August 2020. My brick-and-mortar ‘baby’ has plans to stay in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego, CA for a long time to come.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My husband and I moved to California from Texas almost seven years ago, and North Park was the kind of neighborhood I dreamt of living in when making the move. It’s is an urban area of San Diego, California that’s eclectic in its people, shops, restaurants and breweries, and it’s also highly walkable and bike friendly. The weather is so temperate that there are outdoor activities to enjoy practically all year around. There seems to always be a street fair, vintage flea, farmer’s market, arts festival or concert in the park to partake in. I couldn’t be happier living, working and playing in this growing area of San Diego and finding the ideal location for my business here has been a complete dream come true. If someone wanted advice about what to do when visiting, I would suggest dedicating a day to exploring the neighborhood! There’s no shortage of delicious eats and drinks, so spread it out; do a taco crawl or indulge in the brunch scene. Browse North Park’s unique shops, not only along University, but on Adams Avenue, El Cajon Boulevard, Ray Street and 30th Street as well. Or pamper yourself with a little self-care at any of our local modern wellness spots. The nightlife is something not to be missed either! I personally enjoy taking in the architecture of all of the historic homes as well as newer urban dwellings. And one of my favorite pastimes is to take my dogs on a long walk while making plenty of stops at breweries along the way. Grab a window seat, people watch, sip on a flight, and enjoy! The possibilities are endless.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I often think of my past bosses and way those women helped shape who I am today. From my first mentor that took a chance on me, Jenny Williams, Creative Director of a jewelry company in Dallas, Texas to Diana Robbins, a seriously talented marketing extraordinaire residing in southern California, and finally, Jennifer Meyers that created her own home goods brand from the ground up; she not only helped me realize my potential, but she played a major part in building me up to gain the confidence behind it. I fondly think of these three women often and can only hope they know how much I deeply appreciate the learning and life experiences I was able to share with them.
Portrait of Brittney Garbani taken by photographer Stacy Keck. All other shop photos were taken by myself, Brittney Garbani.