Welcome to Beach Biscuit®, where our small family business is all about our love for our pets and the beach! Located in the South Carolina lowcountry, our humble beginnings started with a desire to give our dogs simple, healthy treats. Before we knew it, we were providing our signature treats to pups near and far! And when we couldn’t find fun and durable dog collars we liked, we got out the sewing machines and created our line of beautiful Beach Biscuit collars, which are now worn by thousands of lucky dogs all over the US! And now, working with some very talented local artisans, we’re able to offer dog lovers our line of jewelry, art, pottery, and handmade natural soap. We are proud to say ALL Beach Biscuit® products are hand crafted. No big 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.
About Our Collars: Beach Biscuit® collars, leashes and harnesses are hand crafted using the highest quality hardware & strapping available. We use the strongest contoured side release buckles; and heavy welded nickel plated steel rings. Our strapping is heavy duty rated, yet is soft, comfortable, and won’t irritate sensitive skin. We triple stitch all stress points, and our signature finishing process leaves NO rough edges on the collar that could rub your pup’s skin. Designer ribbons in colorful, summery patterns give our collars the coastal flair we love. And we don’t try to use your dog as free advertising by sticking a label on top of the pattern that you bought the collar for in the first place! Our label is discreetly placed on the underside…. where we think a label should be.
*Please measure your dog’s neck for correct size prior to ordering to avoid exchanges
*Items are hand crafted and may have up to .5″ variances.
*Care instructions: Soak in warm soapy water, or place collar in a wash bag for gentle machine washing. Hang Dry.
*Decorative ribbon can be sensitive to harsh use; such as biting, chewing, nail scratching.
*Do not use this product for tie-outs….. better yet, don’t tie your dog up outside. It’s not very nice.
Why the name Beach Biscuit? Well, our original name was Beach Beggin’…until a big pet food corporation decided people would think our hand crafted items were actually made by their factory (as if!). Their legal team sent some ugly letters, and long story short, we changed our name. We make our products by hand, and we know that makes them better. And what else is better homemade? Biscuits!!! So here we are, Beach Biscuit. Making the products you love, with love.
Beach On Friends!
Melissa Christian – Owner, dog mom
Bluffton, SC – Lowcountry USA
Beach Biscuit® is a Registered Trademark
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