Just over a year ago, Stacey Gysbers realized her dream by opening her own pet store.
“I’d been working towards this since I was 14,” said Gysbers, owner of Happy Tails Pet Supplies here in Golden.
That was how old she was when she got her first job at a pet store. After years working her way up through two different companies, and absorbing every bit of knowledge she could, she finally got her own place.
“This first year has been an absolute dream. It has flown by,” she said.
Surviving the first year in business is always tricky. But not only did Gysbers survive, she has also expanded the business, increasing its offerings and well as adding more space to the store.
“We’ve definitely come a long way since we first opened,” said Gysbers in between helping customers at the store.
“I was just looking at old pictures, and the shelves were a little bare at first. But now we’ve got all the product that I wanted so it’s definitely more full in here. We even had to blow through the wall to do that.”
As a small town pet shop, Happy Tails tries to provide as much variety as it can to its customers, and that includes feed for livestock.
“Since Total Pet decided to stop carrying grain we’ve expanded with that,” said Gysbers.
“We’re still surprising a few people who don’t know what we carry, and say, ‘oh, I don’t have to go out of town to get it.’ The more that spreads, the more people are coming in.”
There’s still plenty in there for your household pets as well, including food, toys, even some clothing to keep your furry friends warm during the winter months. And there’s no need to leave them at home while you’re shopping either.
“Pets are always welcome here, on or off leash as long as they’re friendly.”
The dream come true for Gysbers is only getting better. Soon she hopes to be employing staff.
At the moment she and her husband are handling the shop on their own.
“Golden is one place where people like to support locals, and that’s great. We’re family owned and operated. Nothing here is sourced out.”