Welcome to Beach Biscuit, where summer never ends! We love nothing more than the coast and our canines, and we’ve combined these loves to create fun and original items for you and your pup. Our small business started out of necessity – we wanted to give our dogs healthy treats. What began as small batch baking for our own pups soon became an in-demand product for discerning dog owners. Our next product also began out of necessity – we wanted fun, coastal collars for our dogs and couldn’t find them. Armed with a heavy duty sewing machine we got to work, and soon we had another in-demand product. And now we have teamed with a group of talented local artisans to bring jewelry, art, pottery, and handmade natural soap to our Beach Biscuit product line! We are proud to say ALL of our products are hand crafted. We have no factory, no mass production, and we don’t cut corners! This is a labor of love, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Why the name Beach Biscuit? Well, our original name was Beach Beggin’ until a giant pet food corporation decided people would think our hand-crafted items were made in their factory, and made us change it. Yep, that happened! Needing a new name (and fast!) we looked no further than our small home-grown business. Our products are made by hand, with love, and we believe that makes them better. And what else is better when it’s homemade with love??? Biscuits! So here we are, Beach Biscuit. Still making the products you love, and still continuously looking for new ways to bring the beach to all who beg to be near it.
Beach On Friends!
Melissa Christian – Owner, dog lover
Bluffton, SC – Lowcountry USA
Featured in Hilton Head Monthly, August 2016!
Melissa Christian’s biscuit business started from a somewhat selfish place: She wanted better treats for her dogs.
“We were shopping at Christmastime for our dogs’ Christmas stockings, and every package we looked at had more chemical-sounding ingredients than actual food ingredients,” she says. “We were pretty shocked. I kept saying, ‘This is gourmet?’”
Christian thought she could come up with something better, so instead of buying pre-packaged treats, she bought a cookie cutter in the shape of a dog bone and then headed home to get baking.
“I wanted to keep it simple and easy to digest,” she says. Her first concoction, which remains the business’s mainstay cookie, has just four ingredients: whole wheat, oats, bare peanut butter, and local honey. The result was an instant favorite among her dogs, 9-year-old Australian shepherd mix siblings Bella and Brewster. (She has since added 7-month-old rescue pup Birdie to the family.)
“The first batch I baked, our dogs responded very differently than we had ever seen,” Christian says. “They were savoring it instead of just swallowing it.” She gave some of the treats to friends and neighbors, and their dogs responded similarly.
After witnessing such a strong reaction, Christian’s entrepreneurial spirit came to life. She traded in the bone-shaped cookie cutter for beach-themed shapes she found online — shells, seahorses and fish — and came up with a business plan. Though she lived in Atlanta at the time, Christian decided to combine her love of dogs and her love for the beach to form Beach Beggin’.
Five Things About Melissa Christian
On other Beach Biscuit flavors: Instead of honey, we sometimes use in-season fruit like blueberry or peach.
On having dogs: I’ve always been a dog person, but as a child we never had a dog. So when I went out on my own and had the space for one, that’s the first thing I did. I can’t imagine my life without them.
Favorite vacation spot: Europe. We do independent travel; I plan everything. We don’t do group tours.
On living in Bluffton: We love it. It is everything we wanted and expected and more. We still have friends and family back in Atlanta, but I have not hit Interstate 16 since the day I moved here.
On the secret to business success: Don’t worry about failure. Failing is easy; anyone can do that. So if you’re going to fear anything, fear success and how you’ll handle it.
The original beach beggars, Bella & Brewster