Mountain Mongrels opens in Grand Lake
December 12, 2011
A new store in Grand Lake supplies the necessities for the four-legged friends in our lives.
Theresa Marie with daughter Jessica Yale, of Grand Lake, opened the Mountain Mongrels Pet Goods store in the Waconda building on Grand Avenue last June.
The store offers quality pet foods, treats, play toys, bowls, gear and other supplies.
“It’s a risk starting up any retail store in this tough economy, especially one tucked away in a small seasonal town like Grand Lake,” Marie said, “but we found that pet-food and supplies are still going strong in this weak economy. People are still finding room in their budgets for the health and well-being of their furry friends.”
The mother-daughter duo is starting out small to test the waters, making sure products and services are what people are willing to support in this area.
“The most important thing to us is our customers,” Marie said. “We don’t want them to have to drive to Denver, so we’re growing with the help of customer feedback… tell us what you want and we’ll get it.”
And so far, the small business has fared well, she said. “We had a busy start-up summer, and while things have died down a bit going into the winter, we’re still going strong with regular loyal customers. The word isn’t completely out yet that ‘we’re here.'”
Both Marie and Yale have pets of their own. A lab Zeke, boxer Tyson, Australian shepherd Chloe, and two cats Kitty and Billy Jack are all part of the family.
“We dreamed of running a pet store for years. We love our pets and think of them as family. I think we spend more money pampering our pets than we do pampering ourselves,” Marie said.
The store offers nutritional food brands such as Taste of the Wild, Blue Buffalo, Diamond Naturals, Natural Balance, Nutro Natural Choice, Merrick, Zukes, Stella and Chewy’s and Wellness.