Scalees Reptile Emporium
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Photo by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
Scalees is a small-town pet shop in Garden Valley. We have reptiles of all sorts for sale, or you can just come and play with the animals. We also sell feeders, such as crickets, mealworms, mice and rats. We do birthday parties and educational demonstrations as well.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
This store is actually my first job.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
We are involved with the community by volunteering at local events, where we bring some of our animals and do free demonstrations.
Why is your staff the best in the business?
I am the staff—I have no employees.
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
I would have to say the opening of this store—I opened it when I was only 18 years old.
What’s your hidden talent?
What’s your biggest job perk?
The best part of my job is seeing people’s faces light up as they hold a snake or a tarantula for the first time.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Lizard hunting with my father in the summer.
If you could be any other profession, what would it be?
I would most likely be a herpetologist (reptile expert).
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