Vinny’s Pet Shop has been a family owned shop since 1978, when Vinny Santomarco founded a small pet store Bay Ridge to support the pigeon-racing hobby. It quickly became a local hangout where pigeon fanciers could purchase feed and chat over a cup of coffee, and remained so until Vinny passed away in 1990. The Santomarco family continued the operation and began expanding beyond pigeon feeding and supplies, including a flourishing dog and cat supply business.
Business increased as Vinny’s Pet Shop’s great reputation continued to spread, and soon it outgrew the storefront it had occupied for over 25. In 2005, the store relocated to its current location, just a few blocks away. The move offered an opportunity to offer a wider selection of products, including a focus on natural and healthier foods to match the changing needs of its neighborhood clients.
In November 2017, we, The Casalinuevo Family, took over the business. Here’s our story about how we got here: It all started 10 years ago when we adopted Snuggles. We had just been married for a couple of months and my wife came to me one day and said: “I want something little to love”. It was then that we started researching and pursuing adoption of our first pet. We wanted to become “Pet Parents”! When we met Snuggles, he was a shy little puppy. We carried him and put him into our arms and when he looked up at us, we immediately fell in love and knew from that moment that he was ours forever. Six years later, we decided to extend our family. Snuggles now has a 4 year old brother named Aiden, and a 2 year old sister named Ailesse. They both love Snuggles dearly.