Kennedy’s Pet Store opens in Old North’s New Crown Square Business DistrictPhotos by Wiley Price
Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 6:05 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Thu Sep 5, 2013.
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It seemed like a dream just a few years ago for new business owner Seth Turner Jr.
At 15, Turner decided to go into business for himself by walking pets and pet sitting. Now at 25, the young entrepreneur is the new owner of Kennedy’s Pet Shop, 2601 14th St., located in the Crown Square Business District. He celebrated the store’s grand opening on June 29.
Kennedy’s Pet Shop is a full-service shop with pet products and services, including dog walking, grooming, a dog daycare, cat visits and home consultations. The store also touts its homemade gourmet dog treats. Its motto is, “Providing pet lovers with outstanding products and services.”
Turner, the oldest of three, attributes his ambition to become an entrepreneur to his mother, Yolanda Campbell. A single mother, she raised her three children with an emphasis on self-reliance, discipline, education and entrepreneurship.
Turner, a graduate of Gateway Institute of Technology in the St. Louis Public School District, grew up in the Baden area of North St. Louis. He worked at the St. Louis Science Center while in high school, developing a strong work and business ethic.
The Crown Square Business District, located in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood, was once surrounded with vacant lots and deteriorating buildings. Now it’s a newly revitalized neighborhood. The redevelopment includes new businesses, art galleries, homes, an open market on the weekends, shops, and of course, Kennedy’s Pet Shop (KPS).
Turner said it’s a very pet-friendly area. People ride bikes or walk through the neighborhood to enjoy the views of the St. Louis Arch and downtown skyline. Turner said it’s a great place to care for and nurture the community’s furry extended family members.
“There may be a list of reasons that may stop you from caring and looking after your pet’s wants and needs,” Turner said. “However, before you get to that point, KPS will come to the rescue.”
KPS prides itself on catering to people who often work long hours and are in need of help in caring for their pet. The store provides training and also welcomes disabled pets in need of extra T.L.C.
For more information and to make an appointment for your pet, visit KPS online at kennedyspetshop.com or call 1-800-771-2183.