Being an owner of turtles, fish, and reptiles – and being a web person – I do most of my pet supplies shopping online. I have a few favorite online stores, one of them is That Fish Place (That Pet Place).
Until recently, I had thought that That Fish Place was an online only store – I had no idea that they were also a brick & mortar store. And so, on a road trip to Lancaster, PA I made a visit pilgrimage to one of my favorite online stores.
The visit left me with a bittersweet feeling as I was both disappointed and surprised at the same time because I had some expectations coming in…
But first, here’s their roadside sign:
That Fish Place logo, which is on the outside of the building:
Their tagline and entrance. Yes, that’s a 3D shark on the awning:
…And a close-up of that shark awning:
Here are the reasons I was disappointed:
- there aren’t any sharks inside!! (like on the awning)
- They have a lot of live fish and plants for sale on the web – except for a few display tanks, there wasn’t much of them. I was expecting to see aisles upon aisles of aquariums with different livestock for sale (unless I just didn’t see them if they are in a different room)
The reasons I was surprised:
- It was biiiiiig!!!
- They had a nice sized reptile room (they don’t have reptiles for sale online), including several nice dart frog vivariums and a some big reptiles by the reptile room entrance. They had loads of lizards and snakes, some pet turtles and frogs too
- There’s a stingray petting tank!! Awesome – this is the only pet store I know that has one!!
Here’s a panoramic photo of the stingray petting tank that I took – if it isn’t moving, click here to view:
It’s shaped like a fish!!!! At the time, new animals were put in the tank and were being acclimated – so the petting tank was closed.
The touch tank has a kids website, which is embedded below.
And lastly, here’s a panoramic photo I took of the store from near the entrance – if it isn’t moving, click here to view:
So there you have it. Have you ever visited That Fish Place, That Pet Place? What did you think about it? Let me know in the comments.