We had the good fortune of connecting with Lucas Stone and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lucas, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Growing up, my father would always make beef jerky for us kids and our dogs would go berserk begging for scraps. My mother however, being a Veterinarian, would never allow us to feed any jerky to them. The meat had been seasoned with salt, pepper, and other proprietary spice blends… all things that your pet does not need. She told me I could give the dogs jerky, but only if I made some that was entirely plain. So I did! Their reactions were incredible. We fed them our homemade jerky for dogs for a few years until I finally decided to begin packaging and selling it. Here we are now with loads of happy and loyal customers giving their dogs a healthy, nutritious and delicious treat. Our mission is to make the best possible pet products. With our small batch process allowing quality control and guaranteed freshness, we have big plans for the future.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Most of my work experience has been in the service industry. Bussing to bartending, I started restaurant work in 2013 and kept at it all the way until the end of 2019. It served me well to build social skills and pay my bills during my time at CSUF. During that time period, I spent a year in Scottsdale, AZ pursuing carpentry. At one point, I even had an online business selling whiskey stones on Amazon via FBA (Fulfilled by Amazon). Today, I am operating Stone Jerky, also spending part of the week being a veterinary assistant, and studying pet nutrition. A huge challenge I deal with on a daily basis is severe asthma. It’s been present my entire life, even while having hypoallergenic dogs. As one can imagine, working around cats and dogs as a person in my position isn’t easy… but nothing worth having comes easy. Being in this business is better for someone with asthma than one would expect. I get to produce a product that makes a dog totally stoked to see me. This means my short interaction with animals is a highlight real, every time.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I live in Huntington Beach and moved here this year. Given the circumstances, there have been few opportunities to do much. That being said, surfing and eating lunch/dinner at Duke’s on the Beach is a great experience. If someone hasn’t already, driving up or down PCH can take you to a lot of beautiful spots.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my mother, Dr. Silvia Grossi-Stone. She is a Veterinarian and entrepreneur who has provided me with guidance and credibility while starting this pet food company. Also, shoutout to Shar Romines of Seaspotwalk in Huntington Beach, CA. She provided the opportunity to participate in this interview. Thank you, Shar.