When Heritage Feed & Supply in Bullville, which opened in 2003, began outgrowing its space, owners Michele and Dominick Zigrossi decided to leave Dominick in charge of the store and look for a second location so Michele could have a holistic store of her own. Ireland Corners had just the spot—the gutted warehouse on Route 208 just south of Route 44/55. But what a job it was restoring that building to the beautiful showpiece it is today: new floor, ceiling, walls and reframed windows, plus an office for Michele and a new storage room in addition to storage in part of the original warehouse. Today the building is spacious and inviting, the array of pet products varied and colorful.
Michele and her manager, Kim Burger, specialize in all-natural pet food and treats for dogs and cats, while featuring equine, poultry and livestock feed as well. Michele has a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from the University of Maine and her husband was an Agriculture Business major, so they are well suited to their special role in our community. Although natural feeds can be expensive, Michele emphasizes that she also has moderately priced, high quality dog food.
On Monday nights all of the displays are rolled back to provide space for a puppy class! Near the storage room a self-serve dog wash will be introduced in the future. The hours have been expanded and the center is now open Monday-Saturday from 10-6, 10-4 on Sundays.
To be informed of events at the center check the calendar under “events” on Michele’s web site, wwwthenaturalpetcenter. com. Also check the photos on their Facebook page, The Natural Pet Center at Ireland Corners.