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Future of Petland Stores Up in Air

July 25, 2008

By Cindy Larson, The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jul. 25–Fido and Fluffy have two fewer places to shop in Fort Wayne.

Both local Petland pet-supply stores closed June 29, said Julie Washburn, public relations coordinator for Petland Inc. All Petland stores are franchises, she said, and the franchisees of the Fort Wayne stores decided to close them.

“We’re working to reopen them as soon as possible,” she said. Anyone interested in becoming a franchisee should go to www.petland.com and click on franchise opportunities. The stores were located in Glenbrook Commons and at 10538 Maysville Road.

Pavlov would be proud

Speaking of dogs, did you know your dog can have its own doorbell? Poochie-Bells are a new item at the Monogram Shoppe, 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Covington Plaza. They’re bells attached to a grosgrain ribbon that hangs from a doorknob. It comes with training instructions so you can teach your dog to ring a bell when it wants to go outside. They’re designed for large and small dogs and come in a variety of colors. Cost: $18.50.

Take a big bite

Ever start reading something, and the more you read, the less it makes sense?

We recently received a news release from Barnes & Noble about an event planned for the Glenbrook Square store called Bella’s Bite Nite!, a “Breaking Dawn” party.

Huh?

This was obviously something I should have known about, but didn’t, so I did a little research on the Internet. Allow me to translate for those of you who are as clueless as I am.

The Glenbrook store is staying open until midnight Aug. 1, hosting a party in anticipation of the 12:01 a.m. release of “Breaking Dawn,” the fourth and final book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga. The vampire-based fantasy/romance/horror series features the exploits of Bella Swan, who falls in love with a vampire. Apparently the books are wildly popular with adolescent and teenage girls.

Barnes and Noble at Glenbrook, 4201 Coldwater Road, has special events planned, including a trivia contest, giveaways, and a complimentary “Transformation Station” courtesy of the store and Libby Lu, where girls can get makeovers.

Sidewalk sale at Glenbrook

Now that summer is in full swing, of course all the stores are looking ahead to winter months and warmer fashions. So now’s the time to get bargains on summer clothes and accessories. Glenbrook Square, 4201 Coldwater Road, may be a good place to snag deals this weekend at its annual sidewalk sale. The mall is open through 10 p.m. tonight, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

Exhibit celebrates outdoor beauty

What would the Lakeside Rose Garden be like without color? Believe it or not, stunning.

Photographer Martha Trenkner’s stark black and white photographs present the park in a new and eerily beautiful light. Her work is on display Aug. 1-30 at the Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, 6312-A Covington Road, as part of the gallery’s “Outdoors … Works Inspired by the Beauty of the Landscape” exhibit.

The exhibit includes local landscapes and those from abroad, and includes work from artists Sarah Creason, Sheila Fink, Dawn Geradot, Pat Lewis and Sue Davis.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Know of a store opening, closing or remodeling? Find a good deal? Call Cindy Larson at 461-8284, fax 461-8817, e-mail clarson@news-sentinel.com or write to: In the Bag, C/O The News-Sentinel, PO Box 102, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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