Thursday, January 26, 2023

Wag’n Tails Works to Remain a Necessary Gem with Competitive Pricing

Coronado’s 20-year-old pet care business concept at 945 Orange Avenue is open daily – offering public health protocols, small-town service, wholesome pet food, quality products, pet washes and pet care tips.

Hanging on by the skin of their teeth is how Wag’n Tails owner Melanie Parks describes how small business is doing presently.

Call the shop at 619-435-3513 or visit for help with getting affordable pet supplies in the easiest way possible during the COVID-19 environment.

“I just think all the small businesses are hurting,” she said of how COVID-19 is affecting retail stores.

Wag’n Tails at 945 Orange Avenue is a pet shop that has everything from quality pet food to toys, collars and grooming supplies — and a self-serve pet-washing area that includes all the needed bathing supplies with the $16 package.

An immaculate store with aesthetic shelving and displays all around the shop, Wag’n Tails also boasts a pristine pet wash area with two tubs that are first-come, first-served.

“We’re essential so we were never closed down,” Parks said, but explained how with so much around them closed down and people not coming to town as much on their errands, day trips or travels, “it’s kind of a mushroom effect.”

The pet shop’s baked goods look tasty enough for humans.

Parks talked about how with so many consumers shopping online now for convenience or safety, that also hurts business.

“I think there’s a misunderstanding that smaller stores are going to be more expensive,” she added, describing how patrons do come in and realize the shop offers competitive pricing. “I wish people would understand that.”

The shop owner mentioned people coming in asking her to do community charity.

“Charity only comes out of profit, and no one’s profitable right now,” she remarked sadly. “I’ve always been really good about that but it’s just not possible this year.”

Parks purchased the store in 2005 but noted that the prior owners started the concept in 1999. It’s always been in the same spot in Coronado.

Visit their website to learn more about how safely the store is set up, as well as how it offers curbside pick-up and delivery plus discounted rates during the pandemic. You’ll additionally find quotes from the community and some fun shots of furry friends.

“For the amount of pets that are in our area, our business should be thriving,” Parks said. “I shouldn’t have to beg people to shop here.“

Wag’n Tails
945 Orange Avenue • 619-435-3513
10 am – 6 pm Monday-Saturday | 10 am – 5 pm Sunday

Aly Lawson
Aly Lawson
Aly has a BA in mass communication, emphasizing journalism and public relations, and a MBA in marketing. She has worked as a reporter and marketer in various industries and overseas. She also won a best community business story award from the Nevada Press Association in 2017. Originally from Washington, this is her second time living in Coronado, where her husband is stationed as a Navy helicopter pilot. They have two small children and the whole family adores Coronado. Have a story for The Coronado Times to cover? Send news tips or story ideas to: [email protected]