SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The Gilrich Village shopping center along bustling 41st Street in Sioux Falls has had several vacancies over the past two years, but now it is quickly filling up with new businesses for the city.
“Very busy place, we are really excited to be here, we have good neighbors,” said Rodney Kramer, owner of Paws Abilities.
“I love this part of town, I used to have lunch next door at Camille’s place, so when I noticed that there was going to be something here, I could come and visit, I was really excited about it, ”said customer Tara Rader.
Customers are already flocking to this new local pet store.
“I’m here to shop for my mom for Mother’s Day, she just had a cat so I’m here to outfit her,” Rader said.
Adding a pet to the family was incredibly common in the last year of the pandemic.
“We’ve had two dogs since then so it’s really staying home a lot and having your dogs to play with and having another person just to hang out with and comfort you and give you things to do while you get caught sometimes. trapped at home, ”Kramer said.
This is one of the reasons the Sioux Falls native decided to open his own pet store.
“Everyone loves their pets and everyone wants to spoil their pets and seek out the best products,” Kramer said. “We’re trying to get products unique to Sioux Falls, trying to be different and unique and things you can’t find here.”
Right now the store has all the supplies you need for your pets, but in the next few months they would love to add all the pets you need to go with them.
“We want to transport rabbits, we want to transport gerbils, hamsters, lizards, maybe snakes, stuff like that. We’re also looking to start the grooming too, ”Kramer said.
The store hopes to have live animals and grooming available by mid-summer.
Paws Abilities is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.