by Owen Maercks on Mar 1, 2013
“    We have a small pond in front of our store that remains active in all but the most dire of winter months. We keep the pond stocked exclusively with red-eared sliders (Trachemys scripta), the seemingly omnipresent water turtle of our business. Still, I cannot remember the last time I purchased one; our stock consists entirely of donated animals that people have found, been given or purchased, and no longer want. I sell them…”

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by Owen Maercks on Feb 1, 2013
“A common dynamic I see across the counter is that of the family composed of wildly enthusiastic kids and steadfastly reluctant parents. The kids would gladly pack up the entire contents of my store and haul them home Grinch-style, while the parents are suddenly wishing their offspring had developed an…”
by Owen Maercks on Jan 1, 2013
“When my wife and I bought our first computer, back in the mid 90s, we went into the local computer store as novices. It was a fascinating experience. The young man who helped us ended up selling us a computer with which we were very happy, but to this day…”
by Owen Maercks on Dec 1, 2012
“When I was little boy, my Saturday mornings were spent exploring the local canals, swamps and woods. Saturday afternoons, however, were devoted to escaping the heat of the day with a TV double-feature: a monster movie hosted by M.T. Graves, and, inevitably, a Tarzan movie. What a perfect fantasy: life…”
by Owen Maercks on Nov 1, 2012
“Those of you who have read my previous columns in Pet Business will be used to my tips and suggestions aimed at making independent retailers competitive in the herp marketplace. I will tell you that I am generally confident in the advice I give, given that I have been in…”