One thing is certain, the pet industry exploded as pet parents around the globe began to dote more and more on their fur babies. The boom has been both a blessing and a curse for many family owned pet shops. While business may have improved, many small businesses found themselves squeezed out by pet care giants like PetSmart and PetCo. If you’re craving the personal touch of a home grown establishment, you’ll love these great family owned businesses.
Critters Pet Shop
Valley Shopping Center
566 Randall Road
South Elgin, IL 60177
In business since 1988, this independent family owned pet shop has been receiving Best Of The Fox Awards year after year. When you meet the Janczak’s it’s clear why. They love what they do and are devoted in their love for animals. Over the last year they have even started becoming increasingly involved in the rescue community by selling rescue dogs and cats out of their pet shop, an initiative they hope to expand.
The Puddle – Pet AquaFitness & Nutrition
1948 Gyorr Ave, South Elgin
Though The Puddle’s claim to fame is there indoor doggy pool, The Puddle is so much more than just a fun place for your dogs to swim! The owners of The Puddle are passionate about whole-dog wellness and healthy lifestyles, and offer specialty pet foods selected by their animal nutritionist. The women here are very knowledgeable and helpful, and will go above and beyond to help you find the best dog food for your pup.
Siers Feed and Pet Supply
36W514 Foot Hill Road, Elgin
Siers Feed and Pet supply has been family owned and operated since 1985. They offer premium dog and cat food, raw dog food, caged and wild bird food, small animal food, and grooming products and toys.
Sea Escapes Inc
1950 Silver Glen Rd, South Elgin
Sea Escapes Inc is a family owned business that specializes in all your aquatic needs from freshwater/saltwater aquariums and ponds. They may be an aquatic store but they can provide cost on most dog, cat, small animal, bird, and reptile items that are ordered from their vendors!
Bentley’s Pet Stuff
2569 W Golf Rd, Hoffman Estates
Bentley’s Pet Stuff is a natural pet food store that is family owned and we very much recommend them. Every single item in the store is hand picked by the owners to fit their food promise. All the food contained in their stores do not contain corn, wheat, or soy. no by-products, and no ingredients from China. They sell a variety of food types, kibble, canned food, freeze dried raw, and raw food. They also carry treats and totally adorable accessories for both dogs and cats.