Fish Mart’s Laura Reid
Receives Top Industry Honor
The World Pet Association (WPA) honored Laura “Peach”
Reid, president and CEO of Fish Mart, a wholesale supplier
of tropical fish and companion pets, with the Matsui Lifetime Achievement Award at the House of Blues in the Mandalay Bay Resort during the SuperZoo trade show.
Reid, who is serving her second term as chairman of the
board of directors of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Coun-
cil (PIJAC), is known as a stalwart leader in the pet indus-
try. She has been involved in legislative issues for decades,
serving on numerous boards and committees. She has also
contributed countless hours of time and money to support
issues involving animal welfare, and she is a champion of
pet-related issues and usually first to step up to the plate to
address them head-on, according to WPA officials.
Reid is the perfect recipient of the WPA Lifetime Achieve-
ment Award, said WPA board member and past chairman
Michael Lasky of Schiaffino, Lasky & Associates.
“Her contributions and commitment to pets and the pet
industry are unsurpassed and so greatly appreciated,” added Lasky, who presented the award to Reid before the start
of the SuperZoo Kenny Loggins concert, which was presented by WPA.
Pet Product News Names Winners of 2018-2019
Retailer of the Year Awards
Pet Product News honored outstanding pet
specialty retailers, groomers and service providers with its annual Retailer of the Year Awards
during a ceremony held at the SuperZoo trade
After combing through dozens of applications
from pet businesses all across the U.S., PPN’s editors selected one standout store as its Retailer of
the Year: Healthy Pet Products, which has two
retail stores and one grooming store in the Pittsburgh area.
An additional 11 stores join Healthy Pet Products as special honorees in this year’s Retailer
of the Year awards. These stores have earned
awards for their business achievements in a variety of categories.
In the coming months, PPN will feature profiles of the winners in each issue of the magazine.
THE WINNERS ARE:
Retailer of the Year: Healthy Pet Products. The
retail stores offer products for dogs, cats, small
animals, birds and wild birds as well as boutique items. They also offer grooming, delivery and educational seminars to customers.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION CATEGORIES:
Long-term Retail Success: Agri Feed Pet
Supply, which has two stores in Knoxville,
Social Steward: Bark Out Loud Doggie
Boutique & Café, which has one store in
Retail Concept: Cool Dog Gear, which has
three locations in Pennsylvania
Marketing: Dog Krazy, which has four
locations in Virginia
Concept & Innovation: Flying M Feed, which has
one store in Houston
At Your Service: Happy Dog Café, Boutique and
Spa, which has one location in Belmont, N.C.
One to Watch: Lisa’s Doghouse, which has one
store in North Bay, Ontario, Canada
People & Pet Partner: Purrrfect Bark, which has
one location in Columbus, N.C.
Independent Spirit: The Quirky Pet, which has
one location in Montpelier, Vt.
Franchise: Wag N’ Wash Natural Food &
Bakery, which has 16 locations in the U.S.
Holistic Approach: Whiskers Holistic Petcare,
which has two locations in New York
WPA president Jacinthe Moreau joined the Pet Product News 2018-2019
Professional Pet Groomers &
Retailer of the Year Award winner, Toni Shelaske (center left) of Healthy Pet
Products, and Pet Product News editors Jennifer Boncy and Lindsey Wojcik
at a special presentation that was held on June 27.
Stylists Alliance Unveils New Website
The Professional Pet Groomers and Stylists Alliance (PPGSA) formally unveiled
its new website, petgroomersandstylists.
org, during the World Pet Association’s
(WPA) annual SuperZoo trade show.
The site serves as an online resource
for anyone information about the PPGSA’s standards of care for pet grooming.
Representatives of PPGSA member
organizations presented the website to
an audience of groomers, stylists and
allies from the grooming stage on the
SuperZoo trade show floor.
“Since their introduction, these stan-
dards of care have been a valuable resource to groomers and pet owners alike,” said Teri
DiMarino, PPGSA spokesperson and president of the California Professional Pet Groom-
ers Association. “With this new website, they will be even easier to find and review.”
In presenting the website, PPGSA representatives pointed out the information
available to training and certification organizations interested in joining the PPGSA and
having their programs recognized as PPGSA compliant. They also highlighted the site’s
utility for those outside the grooming and styling community to learn about responsible
The founding members of the PPGSA unanimously adopted the standards. A “living
document,” they will be regularly reviewed to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date
safety and sanitation practices.
Although the PPGSA does not issue certifications to individual groomers and
stylists, current and future alliance members commit to incorporating these standards
into their own training and/or certification programs, ensuring that groomers and stylists are taught and held accountable to the same standards irrespective of which program they pursue.