Purr­fect rea­son to pop along to the St Ives Food & Wine Fes­ti­val

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What started as a Satur­day pet shop job for Ed­wina Hall ended up with her fam­ily own­ing the store.

At the Pet Con­nec­tion in St Ives Vil­lage it’s now Ed­wina’s mum Karynne Courts who runs the shop, one of the 30 stalls at the St Ives Food and Wine Fes­ti­val on the Vil­lage Green on Sun­day 9 Septem­ber. The pet team will be sell­ing pet treats and an­i­mal ac­ces­sories - and of­fer­ing pet ad­vice.

But the shop cel­e­brates 25 years as a pet go-to des­ti­na­tion.

“In 1993, St Ives Purr-fect Pets opened as a place to go for peo­ple need­ing ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion about their pets,” ex­plains new owner Karynne Courts. “In 2007 my daugh­ter Ed­wina started there as a ju­nior, go­ing to TAFE where she re­ceived Certs in An­i­mal Stud­ies as well as a Cer­tifi­cate III in Cap­tive An­i­mals from the Taronga Zoo Train­ing In­sti­tute.”

It’s per­haps no sur­prise then, that Karynne bought the busi­ness in 2017, re­nam­ing it The Pet Con­nec­tion. Along with staff, many of whom have worked in the busi­ness for more than five years, they con­tinue to build on strong foun­da­tions and are ex­cited about con­tin­u­ing the next 25 years as The Pet Con­nec­tion.

Over the years the shop has seen just about ev­ery­thing in the pet space - from pythons and geese, to scor­pi­ons and rare pea­cock spi­ders.

“We’re pas­sion­ate about the store and its role in the com­mu­nity. Our an­i­mals come from breed­ers whom we know and trust and we’ve re­cently em­ployed a pro­fes­sional an­i­mal han­dler who trained cus­toms and po­lice snif­fer dogs. She will be lead­ing our ca­nine scent en­rich­ment classes for dogs in Oc­to­ber where dogs can learn how to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween scents.”

Other stalls at the St Ives Ro­tary Food and Wine Fes­ti­val in­clude 30 food stalls, 30 cre­ative craft stalls, 20 lead­ing Aus­tralian winer­ies, two dis­til­leries and a bou­tique beer gar­den. Com­plete the fun day out with fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment, an an­i­mal farm, face paint­ing, rock climb­ing, pony rides and a jump­ing cas­tle.

Full de­tails of the event are avail­able on the fes­ti­val web­site www. stives­foodand­wine.com. There’s also an on­line raf­fle - buy­ing tick­ets gives means you can help Ro­tary projects and char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions and the po­ten­tial to win one of 10 prizes: https://www.raf­flelink.com. au/stives­ro­taryfest

A way with an­i­mals: Ed­wina Hall with her Ca­boo­dle Baci and her mum, Pet Con­nec­tion owner Karynne Courts with Wed­nes­day the car­pet python, a reg­u­lar client of the shop.

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