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Business Beat: Pet store hosts grand opening, preps for new additions

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Giving your furry friends a healthy lifestyle is crucial, and it all starts with what goes in their food bowl.

Paddy Whack, 400 Mack Lane, specializes in all-natural pet food and supplies. The business had its grand opening Saturday.

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Owner Kelly Davidson has raised and competed with dogs for five years.

"I thought there was a need for high-quality dog food in Craig," she said. "Everything in here is natural, no corn, wheat or soy products, and no by-products.

"It's important because a lot of those ingredients can create allergies and health issues for dogs, so we want to get everybody educated on the ingredients on the food so they don't have to visit the vet so often."

The inventory includes food from suppliers like Nature's Variety and Blue Buffalo, among others.

"We just picked up a new product called Tuscan Natural, it's made right here in Colorado," she said. "Right now, we're running a special on that. If you buy a 30-pound bag, you get a 15-pound bag or buy a 5-pound bag, you get a 5-pound bag free."

Besides offering food for dogs and cats, the business also has materials for wild birds, caged birds, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters. Paddy Whack also offers specialty orders.

Though Davidson's pet cats Trixie and Pixie roam the store, she doesn't sell animals. However, the number of pet items in stock is considerable.

"We've got supplies like collars, grooming tools, toys, litter boxes, the only thing we don't have right now are clothes for dogs," Davidson said. "We just haven't branched out into that, but we probably will once we get a good base of customers."

Paddy Whack opened Sept. 1.

Davidson said customer traffic has increased more and more the last six weeks.

"It's catching on, and as word gets out, we get more and more customers," she said. "They've been having to drive out to Grand Junction or Steamboat or Denver to get their food, so they're receptive to us being here."

Davidson will also offer a dog-grooming service starting in January.

"Right now, we have a self-dog wash where people can bring in their dog, use our shampoo, towels and tub," she said. "People are picking up on that because it's easy and less hassle."

Paddy Whack's business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 620-4068.

Auto repair store offers tickets, adds new staff

Everybody needs a set of wheels, but one local car servicer has an extra incentive for customers.

Chapman's Automotive Service Center, 310 E. Victory Way, is offering two free Denver Broncos tickets to drivers who purchase a set of four BF Goodrich tires of any size or type.

"We'll be doing that all through October," co-owner Paula Chapman said. "We own four seats, and we just picked games we thought people would be interested in.

"We were also having an offer of a choice between the Broncos tickets and a $100 gift card to Cabela's. We had seven of those, and they were first-come, first-served, and they're all gone. This is the first year we've done it, and it seems to be a hit."

Chapman's is also offering a similar deal with other tire brands. A set of four of any kind warrants a free oil change, a deal which customers can combine with the Goodrich offer.

"It doesn't necessarily have to be with the vehicle we put the tires on, it can be with any other vehicle in your fleet that is ready for an oil change," Chapman said.

Chapman said she also recently hired a new staff member for working on tires, oil changes, brakes, shocks, struts, transmissions and other services.

"We have a new master tech, Kevin Betchold, who just started with us about a month ago" she said. "He's got more than 25 years of experience, so he's been a great addition."

For more information about Chapman's ticket offer or to schedule an appointment, call 824-4912.

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