News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 9, 2019
Pet Provisions to open in Blue Hill

Dog and cat food

Pet Provisions co-owner Whitney Thurston is stocking her soon-to-be-opened store at 3 Main Street, Blue Hill, with toys, accessories and U.S. and Canadian pet food supplies.

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by Anne Berleant

A new store is set to open at 3 Main Street in Blue Hill, answering the question, just what is going on behind those papered windows?

Pet Provisions is tentatively set to open on Saturday, May 18, in the former home of SaraSara’s, offering high-quality dog and cat food, toys and accessories.

Blue Hill dog trainer Whitney Thurston is partnering with Travis Reiley on the venture, which comes three years after Thurston opened Salty Dogs Obedience & Adventure on the Ellsworth Road in Blue Hill in 2016.

The business was named 2019 Business of the Year by the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and the response to the dog training business was such that Thurston moved her operation last month to a larger space.

“We can offer more classes and do things we couldn’t do before,” she said of the new locationat 668 Ellsworth Road.

It was comments from her dog training clients—the owners, not the dogs—that prompted her to open Pet Provisions, Thurston said.

“People are having to go far or buy online,” she said. “In this area, people like to shop locally and people love dogs.”

As a trainer, Thurston sees many dogs with issues that can be helped by the right toys, she said. “So many people come to me with behavioral problems that could be alleviated by letting dogs do dog stuff.”

Whether an “appropriate” chew toy or mentally stimulating toys, visitors will be able to choose what best suits their pet at Pet Provisions.

“It seemed there was a missed opportunity in Blue Hill to provide nutritious food, but more than that—to provide owners with stuff to make their lives better,” Thurston said.

She is quick to point out that cats will also be catered to at the new store.

Open hours for Pet Provisions are not finalized but Thurston said the store will be open six to seven days a week. “When people need dog food, they need dog food,” she said.