Herptiles

by Owen Maercks on Aug 1, 2015
“We have a shoebox rack of baby snakes behind our counter; it is often the focus of interest for customers in a store that has many interest-inducing diversions. Kids in particular line up asking to see this or that inhabitant of what I like to refer to as the baby snake condo. They are often drawn to the boas, a snake I consider ideally suited as first pet snakes—kids usually agree with me. However, sometimes…”

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by Owen Maercks on Jun 30, 2015
“Ours is the kind of business that attracts window shoppers and tire kickers in overwhelming numbers. Everybody seems to like to wander the aisles of a pet store, especially one that features an array of actual potential pets. Even the customers of full-line stores, in for their dog food or…”
by Owen Maercks on May 28, 2015
“Many years ago, when my partnership was in a period of flux, I made one of the smartest decisions of my retail career. I took over responsibility for the dry goods—we like to call it deadstock, as opposed to livestock. It had been the purview of an outgoing partner, and…”
by Owen Maercks on Apr 27, 2015
“When I was a boy growing up on the edge of the Everglades, my mom always let me feed my pets. Every evening, right about sunset, she would take a pie plate, spread some wet dog food out across its bottom, and then hand it to me. I would go…”
by Owen Maercks on Mar 30, 2015
“As the monthly herptile columnist for Pet Business magazine, I aim to share ideas and what I laughingly refer to as the wisdom I have gathered from 36 years of reptile retailing. But over the years, I have also accrued a backlog of stories and amusing anecdotes along the way.…”