Bentley’s Pet Stuff opened in Excelsior earlier this year and works to promote healthy eating and living for pets.
Store Manager Leslie Steen said that the store follows the golden rule of treating others how you wish to be treated. She said this extends to our four-legged friends.
The store opened at 400 Water Street in Excelsior, across from Kowalski’s. This is the eighth store in Minnesota and the 40th location nationwide.
Bentley’s Pet Stuff is named in honor of an exceptional German Shepard whose owners, Lisa and Giovanni Senafe, started the company in Illinois in 2008.
“I believe that what we feed ourselves, and our pets, has a direct impact on our health,” said Lisa Senafe. “In 2008, after losing two precious cats to illness, I took a closer look at what was in the food I was feeding my pets day in and day out. I was shocked. The ingredient lists were filled with items I couldn’t pronounce and things I certainly wouldn’t eat myself. I knew immediately that I wanted to do something about it.”
“Lisa wasn’t having luck finding what she wanted so she decided to do her research and provide that knowledge to other people,” Stern said. “As a whole, my belief is very much in line with hers. I think everyone wants the best they can for their dogs and cats. They just need the knowledge to do it. It’s not easy to find. They come here and we have, not only the products, but also the knowledge.”
Bentley’s food promise is that none of their products contain by-products, corn, wheat, soy or chemical preservatives that are harmful to pets. The company also does not purchase food or treats from China, supports being quality-loyal not brand-loyal and they have a wide selection for any pet owner’s budget.
“Getting people in and telling them about why we have those standards is step number one,” Stern said. “We have products in here that are going to be a lot better than what they are getting at bigger stores for the same price.”
Inventory at Bentley’s in Excelsior includes supplies and food products for dogs and cats including raw food, treats, supplements and a variety of budget friendly food options.
“We’re really picky about what comes into the store,” Stern said. “It’s not going to have anything icky in it.”
Stern said that the Bentley’s staff members, who are highly trained in nutrition and pet care, can assist owners in answering a variety of questions including diet, training and health. Dogs have even been brought in to socialize with Bentley’s store dog, Jax.
Stern, a Shorewood native, has said that Excelsior has been a perfect place to start Bentley’s because of the pet-friendly atmosphere of the community.
“It’s such a fun, dog-loving and cat-friendly town,” she said. “There are so many pets and everyone is always out walking their dogs. This is the perfect place to have a pet shop. Since the day we started construction here people having been coming in and welcoming us. It’s such a fun, small-town feel and that’s what were all about.”
Bentley’s also works with Minnesota-based animal rescues, including Secondhand Hounds, to raise funds, collect food donations and conduct adoption events. The store will also participate in the Secondhand Hounds 5K, Sunday, May 21 in Eden Prairie.
Currently, the store is accepting pet food and supply donations on behalf of Minnewashta Girl Scout Troop 17503 legacy project.
The supplies will go to the Leech Lake Legacy, an animal welfare organization on the Leech Lake Reservation.
For more information, visit petstuff.com.
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