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The house is where the hamsters are.
And thanks to Andrea Navarro, this place is still the Pet house in Goleta.
Navarro bought the iconic Goleta store, 5781 Calle Real, on January 1 – 19 years after being hired at the pet store as a cashier.
“I’ve always loved animals,” Navarro told Noozhawk.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the arrival of corporate chains such as Petco and PetSmart in the area, Pet House has remained a local favorite. This is where a person can buy rats and reptiles, fish and frogs, birds and tarantulas.
The store has survived generations of challenges, including expanding proximity Trader Joe’s in the previous space of the store. Pet House now occupies a former Blockbuster video building, with VHS tapes and DVDs replaced by dog collars and cat treats.
Navarro met her future husband, Pablo, at the pet store, had two children, now aged 11 and 9, and worked many hours to keep the store alive.
With the new owner, she launched a new website, which allows people to order online.
“Live animals are an important thing because a lot of animals that we raise here on our own,” Navarro said. “People come from all over – Ventura, the far north – just to take rats out of us because our rats are so amazing.”
She raises hamsters at home and works with local breeders for rats and birds.
“We know where we get our animals from,” Navarro said. “We don’t get them from this huge, big supplier that we don’t know what we’re getting.”
The previous owner, Wendy Guyer, was a licensed veterinary technician. So the store has always had high standards for its pets.
The truth is, Navarro said, the store survives on the sale of supplies, not animals. Animals are an attraction, but food and accessories are where the business makes a profit. A lot of people buy their pets from Pet House and then buy their supplies online, which isn’t helpful.
“It costs a lot of money to clean all these cages and give them good food,” Navarro said. “You really don’t make money on animals. It’s the supplies that come with it. It kills us a bit when people buy their supplies online, but bring the animals here because we’re probably wasting money on it. animals. But that’s what brings people in, that’s what makes it fun. “
The store has 10 employees. It offers pickup and delivery within a five mile radius.
Village Properties joins the network
Village Properties owner Renee Grubb.
“We are delighted to partner with the launch of Forbes Global Properties as an exclusive member in Santa Barbara,” said Renee Grubb, owner of Village Properties. “This marks an exciting new chapter in our 25 year history. Our unrivaled reputation and experience in the Santa Barbara community, coupled with Forbes’ wealthy consumer base and global reach, will create a powerful tool to captivate the community. luxury real estate clientele.
Village Properties, as a founding member, will be one of 100 “elite brokerage firms” invited to participate in the global network. The idea is to connect buyers and sellers of properties for sale in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Ojai and Santa Ynez, according to a press release.
Forbes Global Properties is a branch of the media company Forbes, which extends branding and marketing services to Village Properties and other members of the real estate brokerage.
The consortium was co-founded by Jeff Hyland, co-founder and chairman of Hilton & hyland, and Bonnie Stone Sellers, a leading authority on global real estate markets and the luxury consumer. They are joined by Alex Lange, CEO of Forbes Global Properties.
Lawyers join a new firm
John Ambrecht and Elizabeth Mackey-Sall to join Santa Barbara law firm DT Law Associates.
Ambrecht has over 30 years of experience in estate planning and estate tax law and is the founder of the boutique law firm Ambrecht & Associates in Montecito. Mackey-Sall is a licensed California attorney and estate planning expert. She ran a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Santa Barbara.
DT Law Partners, 125 E. Victoria St., Suite I, specializes in business and corporate affairs, estate and trust planning, and trust, estate and business litigation. Mark DePaco and David Tappeiner are the founding members.
“We are delighted to welcome John and Elizabeth to our team,” said DePaco. “Their skills and credentials are exceptional, and we know they will be an incredible asset to our clients looking for complex estate planning services. “
Ambrecht is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and estate law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He is the author of the book “For Love & Money: Protecting Family & Wealth in Estate & Succession Planning”.
Mackey-Sall is a former student of Southwestern Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude with honors from public service in 2013. She was a law professor and taught the school’s bar exam preparation program before starting her own law practice. lawyers in 2014. She advises clients on all aspects of estate planning and administration. , including wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, advance health care directives, powers of attorney, charitable donations, probate administration, guardianship and other complex estate planning services, according to a Press release.