Holly Elassaad

Healing Paws for Warriors gives veterans hope

Healing Paws for Warriors gives veterans hope

Mike Arena did not smile. When the 22-year U.S. Air Force veteran returned to the states, he was medically retired. He had sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in combat and his trauma manifested in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Read the full article in the March 14 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Who spends more on pets for Christmas?

Who spends more on pets for Christmas?

When it comes to the holidays, many Americans will not leave out their pets in the gift giving, amounting to a significant portion of the billions spent on pets each year. But looking at the data, one group stands out in this spending trend: millennials. Read the full article in the Dec. 20 issue of […]

Pet Nation’s new resident highlights benefits of rescue

Pet Nation’s new resident highlights benefits of rescue

There is a new kitty in charge at Pet Nation, and his name is Salvador Dali. The rambunctious black-and-white kitten made his home at the shop after being rescued from the streets by shop owner Holly Elassaad last month. “We were having those funky storms that were coming in in the afternoon. Out of the […]

Saving with Soul rescues hundreds

Saving with Soul rescues hundreds

Saturday was a special day for 11 dogs and cats in Navarre as they found forever homes during the first Saving with Soul Pet Rescue Adoption Event at Pet Nation. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad said they have wanted to get involved in pet adoption events at the store but did not due to concerns […]

Stocking stuffers for pets

Stocking stuffers for pets

Outside of her normal business approach, Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad put on some big sales for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year in the hopes of capturing a specific kind of Christmas shopper: pet lovers. The pet products industry will generate more than $69 billion for items geared to the 312 million […]

AT&T outage disrupts small businesses’ sales

AT&T outage disrupts small businesses’ sales

Small-business owners in the Shoppes of Navarre plaza had an unwanted surprise when they went to open their doors Dec. 10. Their AT&T Internet service was not working. For some, like Holly Elassaad of Pet Nation, that also meant the phones were down. “If they call it would just ring and ring,” she said. “The […]

Pets take bite out of millennial wallets

Pets take bite out of millennial wallets

Americans own more pets than ever before – and that means they are spending more on their animals. The number of American households with a pet rose to 84.6 million this year, up from 79.7 million animal-owning households in 2015. In 2017, pet expenditures nationwide are expected to reach an estimated $69 billion, according to […]

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Creatures from the plastic lagoon

Reptile enthusiasts of a certain age likely remember the tiny turtles sold in lagoon containers, swimming in the nonexistent shade of a thumb-sized plastic palm tree. They lived short lives at the hands of the children who pined for them. But the times – and regulations — have changed. Housing a pet turtle, especially an […]

Flea Barket welcomes people, pups

Flea Barket welcomes people, pups

Tents — and dogs — crowded around the storefront of Pet Nation on Saturday for the inaugural Flea Barket, a pet-friendly outdoor shopping event. A handful of local small businesses and home-based entrepreneurs set up booths to sell their wares and share information about their services. Deborah Patterson, founder of dog treat company Precious Pups […]

Flea Barket aims to honor shop’s cat and promote local business

Flea Barket aims to honor shop’s cat and promote local business

In honor of the passing of Pet Nation’s 14-year-old tabby cat Tiger Woods, the locally owned pet supply store intends to hold a charity Flea Barket selling a variety of items for humans and pets July 8 outside the store. Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad said the event, to be held at 1898 Andorra Street […]

Navarre shoppers not forgetting furry friends this Christmas

Navarre shoppers not forgetting furry friends this Christmas

Christmas shopping is in full swing for four-legged family members in Navarre said Pet Nation owner Holly Elassaad. Elassaad has seen a jump in shopping by her regular customers as they seek Christmas gifts for their pets this holiday season. “Christmas themed toys are always big, and we start selling those right around Black Friday, […]

Pet costumes grow in popularity

Pet costumes grow in popularity

As Halloween approaches, millions of pet owners in the U.S. are looking to dress up their furry friends in celebration of the holiday. In fact, more people are planning to dress their cats and dogs for Halloween than at any point in the last 10 years according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Halloween report. […]

Bearded dragons are popular pet choice

Bearded dragons are popular pet choice

Bearded dragons, or beardies as they are affectionately called, are a laid back, hardy, easy to care for lizard that make the perfect reptilian pet for adults and children alike. The lizard is originally from Australia, although now all beardies purchased in the United States are captive bred. Australia banned the export of the lizards […]

Hot car bill passes Senate

Hot car bill passes Senate

Florida senators passed a bill on Thursday that will allow the rescue of unattended vulnerable pets or people from hot cars in the summer without civil liability. Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office receives several calls each summer about pets trapped in hot cars and left unattended. To read the full article, click HERE to subscribe […]

Letters to Santa at Wee Market

Letters to Santa at Wee Market

Wee Market located in the Publix shopping center in Navarre is offering kids of all ages a unique opportunity to send a letter to Santa this holiday season. The pint-sized mailbox is located just inside the front door of the shop and children can drop their letters into the box. Read the full article in […]

Wee Market hosts Grand Opening event

Wee Market hosts Grand Opening event

Wee Market hosted its Grand Opening event in the Shoppes of Navarre Oct. 31, featuring specials from their vendors, children’s painting activity and trick-or-treating for the children. “It’s a great opportunity for the community to see the different vendors we have at Wee Market and support local businesses,” said Holly Elassaad, owner of Wee Market. […]

No tricks and all treats for dogs at Pet Nation

No tricks and all treats for dogs at Pet Nation

Pet Nation held its annual Halloween event for dogs on Oct. 30 with trick-or-treating for the canines dressed in costumes. “We usually get between 40-50 dogs for the event, but this year we definitely broke the record with 100 dogs,” owner Holly Elassaad said. The popular costumes this year were sports-related; football, baseball and referees. […]

Wee Market provides big business opportunity for community

Wee Market provides big business opportunity for community

Holly and Abdul Elassaad have owned Pet Nation in the Shoppes of Navarre for more than a decade. But they have been eager to create opportunities for other small businesses and finally decided it was time to make it happen. And that is where the idea for Wee Market was born. Wee Market will be […]