The Taos News - Best of Taos 2020 : 2019-06-13

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THANKS TAOS FOR THE VOTE OF BEST VETERINARI­AN! Squeaking, flying pigs, cotton pterodacty­ls, mealworms, bridles and pillows are just a few of the menagerie you can find at Blue Sky Pet and Feed Supply. For the fourth year in a row, the shop has won for Best Place to Buy Pet Supplies. Best of Taos Upon entering the business, the south wall appears like an old saloon complete with wood paneling, riding saddles and helmets hung upon the walls. The far right wall has a metallic brooder full of gray, brown and gold baby chicks. Often in place of the chicks are shelter kitties housed in a tall cage looking for homes, mewing at customers. Behind the counter there may be a 10-year-old border collie-, sheltie-mixed canine named Chick keeping owner Ann Romero company during store hours. Walking farther into the store there are buckets of dog chews, shelves full of ingredient­specific food for chickens, goats, horses, cattle, dogs and cats. There is a DIY dog wash, designer dog bowls, hamster wheels, kennels, cat trees, animal medical supplies and shampoos. SALAZAR ROAD VETERINARY CLINIC DR. KIM SIDES • DR. TRISHA ALBIN • DR. KIM HERNDON DR. HOLLY JOHNSON • DR. OLIVIA LOVE Alongside Romero are employees Melissa Winters and Jaime Ortiz who operate the store six days a week providing Taoseños needed products for their furry, hoofed, meowing and feathered friends since it first opened in December 2011. 758-9115 • 1025 Salazar Rd. Taos, NM 87571 “First I thought I wanted to do strictly horses, not with the business, but with my life and I realized here it’s hard to make a living doing that year-round. So I wanted to do my own thing,” said Romero who went on to open Blue Sky Pet and Feed Supply. Romero has been riding since she was 9 years old. She received a degree in equine studies from Southern Virginia College. She’s shown horses and started with English riding in the Eastern part of the state. Then transition­ed to Western riding. She’s won ribbons and buckles in competitio­n back East and in Santa Fe. Romero has previously worked with a veterinari­an office and understand­s dietary needs as well as dieting restrictio­ns. She is currently a mother to a 6-year-old son, dogs, cats and horses. “That’s all right now,” she chuckled. Voted Best Patio 2019 Blue Sky utilizes several distributo­rs and can custom order a variety of products for their customers as well. The only rule, it must be natural. “I carry natural [products]. There’s no corn, no wheat, no soy, no byproducts, no artificial preservati­ves,” said Romero. Romero passes her knowledge onto the employees, a vital source that has helped Blue Sky win yet again. Best of Taos “I go over the foods with the employees — ingredient­s in the food, the important ingredient­s, people might be looking for,” she explained. Romero trains her staff to create conversati­ons with the clientele to figure out what their needs are. p. 56 103 EAST PLAZA, TAOS thegorgeba­ Open daily at 11am 575.758.8866 TAOSNEWS.COM/BEST-OF-TAOS 55

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