Fang! Pet & Garden Supply opened its doors in 2012 in the growing Kenton neighborhood where owners could walk from their houses or apartments to find a friendly store stocked with a wide variety of affordable supplies, including food, toys, and accessories for cats, dogs, birds, bunnies and other small animals.
In a neighborhood where many homes have chicken coops, Fang! has found a niche offering a wide variety of chicken food and supplies as well as knowledgeable advice from the staff on raising backyard chickens.
The personal service and attention that the store’s team gives their customers ensure the very best recommendations for each individual pet’s needs. Fang! is proud to be an integral part of the thriving North Portland Kenton neighborhood business district.
Fang! is deeply committed to giving back to the community it serves. Over the years, the store has partnered with numerous local rescue organizations, providing space for outreach, hosting pet food drives, donating food and supplies, and making monetary contributions. The many groups supported include Multnomah County Animal Services, The Pixie Project, Panda Paws Rescue, Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, Underdog Railroad Rescue, PAWS Team, Fences for Fido, Strut Your Mutt, Family Dogs New Life Shelter and Newberg Animal Shelter.
It is probably no surprise to anyone that Nancy loves animals, but what you may not know is that her love for dogs was not immediate. Her first pets were cats, including Rosie, who lived a long and happy life of 19 years, and James, a street kitten who followed her home one night and now lives the good life. But it was the Rottweiler/Lab mix named Monk whom Nancy’s husband adopted just five days after their wedding who changed everything. Monk made Nancy a dog lover, growing her appreciation for animals and eventually leading her to run her own pet supply store.
As the owner of Fang! Pet & Garden Supply, Nancy is involved in every detail of running the store, but her favorite part of the job is helping customers find the best food, treats, and toys to give their pets a great life. Nancy lives in North Portland, not far from the store, with her husband and family of now four dogs and one cat.
From Nancy’s dog, Parker:
My full name is Parker J. Bearington and I am a Border Collie/Lab mix…I think. Before my owners adopted me, I was a street dog in Panama and was rescued after being hit by a car. The fact that I lost my leg in the accident doesn’t really phase me. I get around just like any other dog. I am very loving but also demanding and a big ham for attention. No one can resist my soft ears and sweet, loving brown eyes.
I love visiting the store with my mom where I am the official manager of the treats table, making sure all of them are delicious enough for our discriminating doggy customers. I am paid in belly rubs.
Do you have a picky and independent cat? Salty’s store manager, Alyx Winek, specializes in finicky cats! She was inspired to work with animals when the staff at a locally owned pet store helped her with her cat’s food allergies. “The knowledge that they shared with me inspired me to want to share pet nutrition knowledge with every pet owner,” adds Winek. And since August 2017, Salty’s has been lucky to have her as a valuable part of their staff.
Alyx was rescued by Simmons, a ten-year-old Basset Hound and cats Kevin and Steven. She also lives with a tiny little rescue turtle, Tater.
As the manager of Salty’s, Alyx keeps tabs on all the products requested by clients and supports her team in their never-ending quest to provide the best customer experience in Portland! And she does all of this while keeping happy customers coming back to the store for their fave toys and treats!
Why Salty’s is her dream job?
“The short story is that I love to talk about my dog and other people’s dogs all.day. long! It also helps that we basically have a puppy parade in the store all day which makes the time just fly by. Other than fawning over our four-legged guests, I love helping people that are struggling with their pets. Unfortunately, our animals can’t exactly tell us what is bothering them, but, if you know what to look for in behavior, diet, and activity, we can help figure out what is bugging them and work towards a solution,” explains Winek.
Garden Center Department Head
My interest in plants began with my education in Ayurveda and Western Herbology, where health is in part derived from both wild and cultivated plant allies. As my interest in growing and wildcrafting my own foods and medicines grew, I moved to Hawaii. For several years I worked the land and supported a sustainable island food system. Being surrounded by tropical plants and tending to their needs gave me a new appreciation for the plants we cultivate as household companions.
Back on the mainland, I have found my way to a different side of the plant industry. At Fang! Pet & Garden Supply, I head up the houseplant and garden nursery departments. I am responsible for purchasing, budgeting, aesthetic direction and educating. I love going to the flower market early in the morning and vying for exotic and unusual plants to offer in our houseplant department. I also enjoy getting to work outside in the spring and summer months while we educate new gardeners on the possibilities of food sufficiency.
I began at Salty’s Pet Supply back in 2010 after working in the Veterinary field and have spent a long time working with dogs and cats. And after moving back from Hawaii, I went back to Salty’s as the store manager in the summer of 2016 until the opportunity to develop the nursery and indoor plant sections at Fang! presented itself at the beginning of 2017
My cat Livia (well she’s a dog-cat/adventure kitty) has helped me expand my understanding of feline intelligence and how deep the relationship between us can be. (My cat did not tell me to say that).