Milton Keynes is a city of pet lovers, and in an increasingly competitive market, one local pet store insists customers would be barking mad to go anywhere else.
Fur and Purr is still enjoying a thriving business says boss Tony Wilson, despite doing things ‘the old-fashioned way’.
Located in a twee little 17th century building on Stony Stratford High Street, Fur and Purr remains a far cry from the large-scale pet retailers in the area.
But from rabbits and rats to a wide selection of birds, it houses an array of animals for customers to buy, along with the necessary pet products to maintain them, such as food and hutches.
And as well as providing a personal service to its regular customers, the shop serves as a place for people to visit as a leisurely activity.
“For a lot of families, we’re the local zoo!” said Tony. “We are always getting people in just to say hello to the animals, particularly our own rabbits, Missy and Buttons, who we often allow to hop around the store.”
With Fur and Purr going strong along with a number of other small stores on the high street, Stony Stratford shows that independent traders can still thrive, even in a growing city like Milton Keynes.