About Central Bark Charlotte-Matthews

Jennifer moved to Charlotte, NC in 2004 upon graduating college to start her career in the financial services industry.  Prior to moving to Charlotte, Jennifer, a Cleveland, OH native, attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY where she earned a BA in Marketing.  Jennifer is married to Steve, who also works in the financial services industry.

In 2013 Jennifer and Steve welcomed into their life a new puppy, Annabelle, and, like most people, felt guilty about leaving Annabelle home alone all day.  Jennifer immediately began researching potential solutions and found a local doggy day care, which according to Jennifer, had Annabelle smiling upon pick up at the end of each day.  Simultaneously, Jennifer, after 14 years in the banking industry, started to consider her next career move – one that did not involve sitting in an office all day.

While Jennifer began the arduous task of researching new career options, she had an “a-ha” moment and realized purchasing a doggy day care might be the ideal scenario in that she could surround herself with happy dogs (not grumpy bankers), get out of the “office” environment and bring Annabelle to work every day.  So began the journey that led her to becoming a Central Bark franchisee.  A major part of Jennifer’s decision to purchase a Central Bark was based on the 17-year-old franchise’s “Whole Dog Care” philosophy, a personalized approach designed to enrich a dog’s whole health and well-being – throughout their entire life, which was exactly what Jennifer was seeking for her own dog.

In their spare time, Jennifer and Steve enjoy working out, cooking together, the occasional “glass” of wine, and spoiling their 7-year-old American Boxer, Annabelle.

“We welcome you to join our Central Bark family.”

Jennifer and Steve, Central Bark Charlotte-Matthews Franchise Owners

Awards & Achievements

Our Family Photo Album

Nancy K.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Central Bark! Our Scottish Terrier has been there weekly since they opened. She literally runs toward the door and inside when we arrive there for "Fun Friday." Jennifer and staff operate a spotless, energetic environment where you can be assured your pup will be safe and have a blast with others. They take great care to group compatible breeds and personalities. They get a HIGH FIVE from our Paisley!

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s a Behavior Assessment and why is it important?

As part of joining the Central Bark® family, our expert staff conducts a thorough behavior assessment at your local Central Bark store. These assessments help […]

What does dog grooming include?

Your dog deserves to be pampered. Our full-service dog grooming salon is fully equipped to include anything from a simple brush-out or bath to a full […]

How much does it cost to board a dog?

Boarding service pricing may vary by service and location, as well as the length of stay. Learn more about Sleepovers at Central Bark

Does the center maintain the same policy for sleepovers?

Central Bark® reserves sleepover services exclusively for dogs accepted into the day care program, so the same policies do apply. Our Stay-n-Play program (available at […]

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Central Bark® Whole Dog Care

Our whole dog care approach offers a full range of fun and personalized products and services. To promote your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional health and happiness throughout their entire life.

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