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Kansas City’s Influential Women: Delena Stout

Delena Stout, President, Brookside Barkery and Bath

Starting the retail pet product and grooming store Brookside Barkery and Bath was a career achievement in itself. However, Delena Stout is most proud of her store’s charitable donations program for local animal rescue organizations.

Since the store opened 10 years ago, it has donated tens of thousands of dollars in cash and services to groups like Wayside Waifs, KC Pet Project, Spay & Neuter Kansas City and numerous smaller organizations. The store also holds weekly adoption sessions at both its Brookside and Lee’s Summit locations, leading to the adoption of thousands of pets. Nothing in her career has ever felt so rewarding, Stout says.

Her entrepreneurial success also generates pride. After working several years in the corporate world, Stout found herself as a displaced worker. She did her homework, participated in the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac New Venture program and began baking dog treats in the basement of a tiny Brookside storefront while sleeping on a cot next to the oven. It makes for fond memories, but building a large, loyal base of customers is what really puts a smile on her face. Stout is expanding to Overland Park this year with a third Brookside Barkery and Bath store.

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