After more than 38 years of operation, local pet store Feathers N’ Fins has announced that it will be closing permanently by the end of the month.
Bonnie Twogood, vice president of Feathers N’ Fins and daughter of owner Barbara Zimmerman, said the decision to close was not an easy one.
After Zimmerman was diagnosed with cancer in July, Twogood said for a few months they had been trying to find another buyer for the business, but to no avail.
“Unfortunately in some circumstances (the buyers) failed and now the space has been rented to someone else in January,” Twogood said. “We’re in a position where we’re going to have to shut down and shut down.”
Although Twogood and Zimmerman were not the store’s first owners, they have been involved since its inception in 1984.
“It’s bittersweet. It’s a big business that has become a fixture on the island and it’s a shame we have to close. Barbara has always been passionate about customers and their pets,” said Twogood. “Our staff have been amazing over the years, some have been with us for 10-20 years. They are the heart and soul of the business.
Despite this, Twogood and Zimmerman would like to thank the community for all of their support over the years.
“We thank them for their loyalty, their patronage and I know that mum appreciated having the pets come to take pictures and decorate during the holidays. It’s just been a good 30 years,” Twogood said.
Due to his illness, Zimmerman resides in San Diego, California to continue his treatment while Twogood resides in Seattle, Washington.
Currently, the store continues its photos with the Santa Claus event on weekends.