Entrepreneur and Author Maria Lee-Driver has announced that her all-natural pet deodorizing product line, Fresh Mink Pets, will be sold on Chewy.com this February 2022. Lee-Driver, CEO of Oria’s O’Shay and author of Detours, became the first African American to own a national pet deodorizing product line with its development in 2021.
“When I took my product to SuperZoo, Las Vegas in 2021, people kept coming up to me and telling me I was making history,” said Lee-Driver. “I had no idea what they were talking about. That’s when I learned I was the only African American there with a product line.”
Lee-Driver’s journey to manufacture the product in mass quantity led her to Founder and CEO of Team 84, Herman Moore. Moore, a serial entrepreneur and NFL All-Pro, who was excited to get behind the Fresh Mink Pets initiative.
“Maria checks all the boxes for the types of businesses we like to support,” said Moore. “First, she’s a passionate entrepreneur who has already succeeded in so many areas. Second, championing female- and minority-led businesses is at the top of our priority list. Team 84 is looking forward to the partnership.”
A salon owner for 20 years, Lee-Driver began developing products in 2009 while she owned a children’s salon. She founded Oria’s O’Shay, creating products that were natural and free of harmful chemicals.
Lee-Driver applied the same philosophies to her Fresh Mink Pets products. The line’s four products – pet fume, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner and sage – work together to alleviate odor and soothe itchy, dry skin.
“My goal was to make my grand dog smell fresh and clean,” said Lee-Driver. “You shampoo your dog with Fresh Mink, spray the pet fume, and your dog or cat will smell fresh for up to a week.”
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