Back In Business

Blue Fin Pet Shop Reopens After Fire

The Blue Fin Pet Shop in Falconer has reopened, much to the joy of the community. Pictured from left are Falconer Mayor James Rensel, Dan and Sylvia Magara along with their furry companions Lotto and Buddy; and Falconer Fire Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Piazza and his wife, Lisa, the Falconer Volunteer Fire Department co-president. P-J photo by Katrina Fuller

FALCONER — A staple business in Falconer has reopened, causing pet owners and community members to rejoice.

The Blue Fin Pet Shop at 17 Main St. has opened its doors for business for the first time since the Jan. 14 fire that damaged several nearby buildings, and owners Dan and Sylvia Magara couldn’t be happier. The Magaras said it took some “intense” work to get the business back up and running, but said they did it for the community.

The business had extensive smoke damage, but was cleaned up by ServPro. The Magaras repainted the shop themselves and restocked the shelves to be ready for their opening day on Thursday.

“We did it because the village and the people wanted us back,” Sylvia Magara said. “This is headed to 36 years, and we’ve made a lot of friends.”

She said the fish currently being sold from the shop actually survived the fire.

“This will be a piece of history when they take it home,” Sylvia Magara said. “The animals are very comfortable, and everybody has been checking on us to see if we’re safe. It’s been very nice and rewarding.”

Rocky, the African grey parrot, is also back at the business, Dan Magara said.

The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Today, the shop will host a “Gold Party” for customers who previously were selling their gold jewelry and other items to the shop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m, with a 10 percent bonus on jewelry.

“They can come back and see Buddy and Lotto,” she said.

Falconer Mayor James Rensel said he and the rest of the village are thrilled to see the business open again. Rensel said the Magaras and their business are all “survivors.”

“It was effected by both fires,” he said. “They came in and took care of their business. They have great dedication to the community.”

Falconer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Piazza said he is also glad to see the business open once again. Piazza said he is thrilled with the dedication of area community members and the work of the mutual aid firefighters who came to the rescue on Jan. 14.

“You can’t ask for a better community,” he said.

For more information on the Blue Fin Pet Shop, find them on Facebook or call 665-3522.