Before The Pet Place, there was Pet Prints, a photography business that specialized in photographing animals in the Bay Area in their natural surroundings with natural lighting. In 1992 the pet supply store in Menlo Park that is now The Pet Place was sold to Marc and Lynn Macy who later expanded the store and doubled its’ size. However, The Pet Place is not only a place to buy a range of pet supplies; it’s also a resource center for people looking for all kinds of information to help care for their pet.

The Pet Place is determined to provide the best customer service to any person or animal that comes in. Not only do they keep the store visually familiar with the newest supplies in the same place for people to recognize, Marc handpicked an extensive collection of CDs to create a comfortable atmosphere while in the store.

“It’s a total labor of love,” Marc said. “We make sure we make it comfortable when people come in.”

While the store’s challenges are part of the routine, keeping up with current information and making sure the store is well supplied makes it difficult for the Macys to make time for many hobbies. Instead, they make the most out of being at home with their cats, gardening, and cooking. Marc and Lynn Macy are not only life long Menlo Park residence, “we are dedicated every way to the well being of animals,” Marc said.

 

About the photo-journalist: Jose Sainz-Medina

This collection of photographs and articles serves as a form of storytelling; it highlights business owners who have established their roots in Menlo Park and have faced challenges, as well as notable achievements throughout their lives. Jose Sainz-Medina hopes to serve as a visual storyteller. A storyteller who can interpret the stories that people, like business owners, want to tell about themselves and their business, explaining who they are and what their business provides to the community. After four years of studying photography and two years of journalism at Eastside College Prep high school, Jose developed a love for both visually and verbally communicating to those who are willing to listen.  In his spare time, Jose spends hours at his local Starbucks making coffee, as well as focusing his photography towards architecture and natural landscapes. In the fall, Jose will face his own challenges as he begins his college career at the University of California, Riverside.