I know that we are all getting ready for Howl o ween. However, there is an election going on in this country, just in case you have been in a coma for the last few months. And it is time to put all this away, about who has the right plan for recovery and who has the best idea about our military budget and so forth. I have most often thought to know what is really going on with the rest of our world; we should take a snap shot of small business. And as long as I was doing so, I thought why not look in the direction some folks might be looking to for planning vacations in the upcoming warmer months. So the area I tried to do a realistic search was from the California border to the Alaskan ice fields. I did stay away from some of the bigger cities and tried to keep in mind that there are all kinds of pets besides dogs. Now keeping these perimeters in mind we will start in Alaska and work our way to the Oregon border.
Fairbanks Alaska is as far north as I went, keep in mind anything in this area will have significant freight costs associated. Fairbanks, Alaska boosts of 49 different pet supply establishments. Of these 49 I only saw one chain store and that was Pet Co. However, I did see this one and the name caught my eye Noah’s Ark Muttessori 2702 Peger Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709» (907) 479-2800 This is a combination Veterinary Hospital, Pet Supply and Day Care. Noah’s has good reviews and is well ensconces in the community.
Moving down the West Coast, we are looking at Canada. (Although not a part of the U.S., many of us vacation their and as a nation the trade agreements with Canada plan a big role in our financial stability.) Vancouver Island is a nice place but I wanted to move more to the mainland. That is how we ended up at Burnaby, Canada, just northwest of the city of Vancouver, Canada. King Ed Pet Centre Ltd. 7377 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC V3N3B8 (778) 785-1296 www.KingedPetCentreLtd.ca This store is an all-natural and Holistic Pet Store. The ad states they carry only the finest is quality pet products, with no additives.
Moving on down the west coast area, we come to Tacoma, WA. This is actually a city larger than I wanted (not nearly as large as Seattle) and the Tacoma area hosts several pet events, within its finger reaches, like the AKC events held at the Puyallup Fairgrounds, or home for the Nationally Known and accredited Delta Society. Wag Pet Market, 2703 N Proctor St., Tacoma, WA 98407 and the word on the street is that this store is there to pamper you and your pet. A big plus for this store is the unusual sizes and accessories.
Now moving into Oregon our first stop is The Hip Hound, 610 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97210 Phone: 503.841.5410. This store is one in a million, I am told. The Hip Hound not only carries Acanda food line, but other food and toy lines not carried in many other stories. This store has been given a 5 star listing (by pet owners) and again owner operated, not a larger chain. It has found a niche in the marketing world with pet clothing for every occasion and a passion for pets.
Our last store is in Grants Pass OR. The reason will soon become clear. Grants Pass, Oregon by the Rouge River boosted a 30 plus individually run businesses where ownership was aimed at pets and pet owners, exclusively. Mini Pets Mart 876 NW 6th St,, Grants Pass, OR 97526 (541) 291-9078 are locally family owned stores since 1978 (a business success story all on its own) and serving pet owners and pets of different breeds and categories. Mini Pets Mart does actually have six stores, a web page and a commitment to customer service. Mini Pet Mart was built on family values and hard work, giving back to the community and moving forward in good times and in some equally stressful ones. You can browse through the store or shop on the internet.
Our little snap shot of the pet business and supply has proven that some business niches are doing well. Our love and support of our FFBF, slithering, creeping and flying pets is still a top priority for us. Maybe this coming summer you will have an opportunity to visit one or two of the mentioned businesses above. Looking at the information above it is clear that although we may have some financial woes, we are certainly still supporting our locally owned pet stores. I hope this will give you some ideas for travels and internet shopping for our FFBF’s Santa’s gift.