Ben and Renee | Owners
Renee and I opened our first store back in 1984 in a small 720 sq. ft. retail location near Parkview Hospital on State Street. Back then the concept of a specialty store featuring backyard bird feeding supplies and nature gifts was quite unique, and the variety and availability of such products were much less tah today. It has been an absolute blast over the years growing this store with the help and dedication of all our customers and our very capable sales staff, our “behind the scenes” support staff, and our managers. Working in the store is very rewarding on so many levels. We truly love working with our customers and staff knowing that our products, the birds and critters they attract, and the education we provide them about the hobby brings year round pleasure to the lives of so many. Running a retail store requires wearing many hats each and every day, and it is this variety and challenge that keeps us motivated. It is so hard to understand where all the years have gone. At this point in our lives we have raised our three wonderful children who have now all fledged the nest, leaving Momma Renee and Papa Ben to watch them spread their wings and soar into their futures. Living in an empty nest is new for us, but we do enjoy the freedom to live more spontaneously once again. While family time is always first, Renee and I both love to travel, scuba dive, downhill ski and play golf together. Separately, Renee loves to read, keep up with the kids and manage our home, while I gravitate to fishing, underwater photography, boating, hiking, bird watching, and virtually any outdoor activity.