By JONATHAN NELSON | USA Today/The Associated PressTAMPA, Fla.
– A new breed of flower shop has opened in a suburban Miami neighborhood that’s been home to a pet shop, flower nursery and petting zoo for generations.
Treats and pet products like those found in pet stores are popular with children, who often want to adopt or help out their loved ones.
Pet stores, pet-friendly hotels and a growing number of pet-centric restaurants and pet stores in the South Florida community of Tempe are offering new ways for families to bring their furry friends into the fold, a new pet-focused business that started as a pet store in Tempe in the 1980s has opened, and more are coming.
The owner of the pet shop said the new shop, Flower Shop, is just a way to keep her family’s family-friendly offerings going while keeping up with growing demand.
She said her business grew out of her family pet-loving passion for pets and she wanted to be the only one.
The pet shop’s first business was a pet-safe pet-care center that opened in 1985 in the old Sunflower Hotel on the north side of Tampa, but the business quickly expanded to offer other pets as well.
The Tempe-area business opened this year with a petting museum and now has three petting parks, a pet food plant and more than 20 pet-specific stores.
The Pet Park, located on a quiet street, has a huge pet collection that has grown from the Pet Store to the Pet Shop Pet Salon and the Pet Food Mart.
The museum is now full, and customers can purchase items like cat food and dog treats from a pet station that is also open to the public.
It’s a pet park where people come and visit their pets.
The new shop opened Saturday.
It has pet-related merchandise, pet supplies and more, such as pet hair dye and dog food.
Owner Lori Rizzo said her pet-shop has more than 60,000 square feet of space and is growing daily, with more stores coming soon.
Pet shop owners who live in Tempen said they are thrilled about the growth of their pet-themed businesses.
The business has been in business for more than 30 years, but it has expanded since the Sunflower’s closure, said Rose McElroy, owner of The Pet Shop.
The building is owned by the city of Tempen and the property is listed on the city’s Historic Property Tax Assessment Database.
McElry said it’s a good investment and it will make Tempe a better city.
McElroy said Tempe has been struggling to keep up with demand for pet-restaurants and pet-oriented businesses.
She said the city will look to offer pet-and-food sales in a new area in the future, but not immediately.
Rizzo, who lives in Florida, said Tempers and pet shops are also a huge draw for families in her neighborhood.
Pet shops like this one were once a staple in Tempers’ neighborhood, but have now opened in other parts of Tempell.
The restaurant is called the Flower Shop and has a pet section.
It’s one of many pet-centered pet-lending stores opening in Tempell, McElrie said.
The owners of the new pet store have had to work hard to keep the space open during a boom in pet-lovers and new-comers who want to get a pet and can’t afford to buy a pet at a pet center, said Stephanie C. McElligott, owner and founder of The Cabbage Patch Pet Center in Tempel.
The center has had to increase its pet-to-table ratio in the past few years, she said, because of the demand.
Pet-friendly stores have been popping up across the country, but McEllott said Tempel has been the exception.
Pet store owners said Tempell has not yet seen the same demand as other areas of the country as pet stores have moved into their neighborhoods.
Pet lovers said they have a hard time getting a pet to visit them, and some pet stores don’t offer pet food, either.
A pet-store owner in Temparil said it was challenging for him to keep his pet shop open for a full week during the drought.
He was able to get his dog and two other dogs to visit the pet store.
Pet owners said they also have trouble finding pet food for their dogs.
Cameron J. Haney, owner, Haney Pet Supply, said he can’t be more grateful to the owners of Pet Store, for giving him a place to sell his pet food.
He said he has to keep going back to the pet stores to keep their stock of pet food stocked and supply his pet supply.
Pet supply stores are often a hotbed of pet activity.
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