Right across the Mississippi, in Columbia, Illinois, longtime friends Kelsey Reis and Tessa Amsden are creating some doggone cute and comfy clothes for the area’s proudest dog moms through their small business, Rudy & Ace Co.
“In conversation about how obsessed we were with our dogs, Tess said something that started the idea of this little business: ‘I wish I could have Rudy’s face on a shirt,’” Reis says. “I quickly designed it and then tried it out with Rudy and Ace’s face, and the rest is history!”
Amsden says she and Reis posted pictures of the product to their personal Facebook accounts, which led to immediate inquiries.
“We launched at the end of October,” Amsden says. “After a post asking if anyone would be interested, our messages blew up! We decided to make this little hobby a business right in time for the holidays