The Wet Spot Tropical Fish in Portland, Ore., earned its status as an award-winning live animal retailer by focusing on unusual freshwater tropical fish and aiding the success of its loyal customer base of aquarium hobbyists.
Over the past decade, Chicagoland’s Two Bostons pet store chain has thrived by responding to a changing marketplace and delivering a healthy dose of customer service.
Whether it is through homemade treats or donations to local shelters and rescues, Barks, Bones, & Biscuits Bakery—the 2015 Retailer Excellence Award winner for Community Service Excellence—is helping make sure North Carolina's dogs get the care they need.
Mud Bay's annual Mudstock event gathers every member of the chain's staff for a day of learning, team-building and fun.
Katie's Pet Depot has thrived in the face of competition from big-box and Internet-based retailers by providing best-in-class services to pet owners in the local community.
From educating the community about quality natural pet food to promoting animal fire rescue, Natural Pawz has been increasing awareness of the need to protect Houston's furry residents.
One veteran independent pet specialty retailer reveals the challenges that keep him up at night, as well as how his store's approach to customer service helps him sleep easier.
Located in the tony seaside community of Bethany Beach, Del., Yuppy Puppy has made an art form out of converting summer tourists into a loyal and profitable customer base.
At Odyssey Pets in Dallas, customers are treated to a menagerie of sought-after services and down-to-earth, unassuming courtesy.
Parker's, in Chicago, has evolved from a boutique into an â€œindependent-box store,â€ meeting the needs of residents in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood.
Three successful fish-focused independent pet retailers illustrate the many challenges and opportunities facing the aquatics category.
All Pets Considered in Greensboro, N.C., has tailored its product selection and services to meet changing consumer demands in its 22-year run.
Woof Gang Bakery, a franchise retailer based in Orlando, Fla., positions itself for sustained growth.
PetSmart and Petco have dominated the retail pet care market for the past 20-plus years, but the tide may be turning against the two big box stores as other retailers get more savvy and consumer's tastes change.
With its flagship â€œLifestyle Centerâ€ in Beverly Hills, Calif., Pussy & Pooch is redefining what a pet store can be.
Ailurophile entrepreneurs in Mexico City prove that there is indeed a market for cat-centric retail.
Built on a strong foundation of three generations of family ownership, Jack's Pets began operating on a whole new level when it was re-branded a few years ago.
The owners of New Jersey-based Cherrybrook transformed a modest retail booth at traveling dog shows into an award-winning pet store chain.
Four Your Paws Only has found the recipe to success by catering to both locals and visitors in its New Hampshire resort-town location.
With their two Northwest Pets stores, Angie and Del Peterson have brought the holistic pet care revolution to Boise, Idaho.