Pet store moving to bigger space

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As any pet owner knows, the more space an animal has to move, the better their quality of life.

The same is true for the business that sells them and their accessories.

The Jungle Pet Shop will be moving to a new store space at 29 W. Victory Way.

The former location of Sharyn’s Upscale Consignment Boutique offers more room for operations than The Jungle’s store at 565 Yampa Ave.

“We’ll be able to have a lot more shelves since we’re moving to less than 1,000 square feet to 1,800, plus it has a basement,” owner Clint Gabbert said.

Gabbert said he planned to offer a greater number of aquariums with his increased space, as well as including a part of his inventory he had briefly stopped selling.

“I’m bringing in all the birds like parakeets, finches, lovebirds and cockatiels and small animals like hamsters, gerbils, ferrets and chinchillas I had before and we’ll be bringing in more reptiles,” he said. “Selling houseplants has been working out well and I’ll keep doing those, too because they really took off.”

Gabbert, who has owned The Jungle for more than two years, said he first jumped on the Victory Way location in March and only needs to spruce up the shop a little before moving in the first week in July.

“It’s pretty close by so it won’t take very long to get everything done,” he said. “We’re hoping everyone will follow us around the corner and we’ll do some festivities on the first day, just haven’t picked the date, but it will be posted on our Facebook page.”

For more information, call 824-5755 or visit facebook.com/junglepetshop.

Timber supplier bringing in equipment showcase

For many, hosting Tupperware parties is a good way to make extra cash and network with people about the need for various products.

For Todd Bellio, the materials he’s shown off to folks are a little bigger than food storage containers.

Bellio, owner of High Desert Timber Frames, 151 UBR Lane, recently hosted a barbecue complete with a demonstration for Wood-Mizer sawmills, a must for the handyman in need for some portable, yet heavy duty cutting equipment.

“A sales rep from Buena Vista brought in a couple different models, which people were welcome to take a look at and try out,” he said. “It turned out pretty well, got about 40 or 50 people showing up.”

He uses the brand’s products in his own shop, as well.

“They’ve got basic handyman or intermediate models, it just depends on what you need,” he said.

Bellio said he hopes to bring in Wood-Mizer salespeople again for a similar event, depending on availability.

The business will also host an upcoming Craig Chamber of Commerce mixer June 28.

Bellio said such get-togethers allow him to get the word out about the services of the Timber Frames sawmill, which he has owned for about six years.

“We can do basically any kind of custom cut you want with lumber,” he said. “I’ve cut everything from a 1”-by-3” to a 27-inch diameter log, and we’ve been doing construction also, like building timber frame houses, fireplaces, porches, greenhouses, little odds and ends, we’re even starting to build furniture, too. Anything that deals with wood.”

For more information on High Desert Timber Frames or Wood-Mizer products, call 326-5005.

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