Meet Rob Upham and Ken Schadegg, two guys from Providence, Rhode Island who have given up their stateside jobs to run St. JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s newest retailer: St. Johnimals Island Pet Outfitter.
The new store opens in Wharfside Village next month.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been looking for the right island location for our second careers for 10 years,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Ken. Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve owned a place on St. Croix and still own a beach house on Roatan, Honduras. But St. John is it. What they say about the people here being kind, gentle and loving isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t hyperbole. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s true.Ã¢â‚¬Â
St. Johnimals will sell everything from $5 dog bandannas, to high quality pet food, to $500 leather doggie jackets. And yes, Ken thinks thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a market, even for the high-end stuff.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re stocking the best merchandise in all price ranges, for locals and visitors alike. But St. John has one of the highest visitor income demographics in the world, so there is every reason to believe some of our storeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visitors will want to splurge. But you can get your pet a great gift for just a few bucks, too.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ken and Rob are busy painting and stocking their store, across from WaterfrontÃ‚Â Bistro, right now. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll take you on a video tour next month.