December 2018 When you enter Pet Supplies Plus at 6177 S. Main St. in Whitestown, you can expect a friendly greeting. And there\u2019s a good chance that greeting will come from Frank. Frank will make you feel welcome, not just as a customer or even a neighbor but like you\u2019re part of the family. In fact, don\u2019t be surprised if Frank rubs up against you and gives you a good sniffing. You see, Frank is a Mini Goldendoodle. \u201cHe comes to the store with me every single day,\u201d says Andrew Cornelius, General Manager of the Whitestown pet supply retailer and Frank\u2019s pet parent. \u201cHe\u2019s just part of the team.\u201d The rest of the team at Pet Supplies Plus also shares Frank\u2019s enthusiasm for friendliness and customer service, if not his propensity for sniffing. Cornelius explains that more than just being a place to buy pet food, Pet Supplies Plus and its team members are a neighbor in the community, and they know that whether it\u2019s a dog, cat, ferret or frog, your pet is a part of the family. Each PSP team member is trained in the company\u2019s core values \u2013 Neighborly, Trustworthy, Knowledgeable and Pet-centric \u2013 so you can be confident you and your pet will get the best possible service. Pet Supplies Plus calls this concept Paw Print, and it extends throughout the company, including the locally-owned franchise in Whitestown. \u201cWe focus on neighbor engagement and being pet-centric,\u201d says Cornelius, who lives within walking distance of the store. \u201cWe get really involved in the community.\u201d That community involvement includes PSP\u2019s membership in the local Chamber of Commerce, sponsorship of various local sports teams and participation in celebrations around town. If there\u2019s a major event at the Municipal Complex or anywhere in Whitestown, you\u2019ll likely see the team from Pet Supplies Plus there too. In addition to a wide variety of premium, organic, natural and grain-free pet foods, Pet Supplies Plus also offers plenty of toys and treats to keep your pet happy and entertained. You might even discover some products you didn\u2019t know existed. \u201cA lot of people will get harnesses for their ferrets,\u201d says Cornelius. \u201cWe even have clothes for lizards.\u201d What will the welldressed lizard be wearing this season? Come into PSP and find out. The Whitestown Pet Supplies Plus not only can keep your lizard well-dressed but also will keep your dog well-groomed. Mary, PSP\u2019s in-house groomer, has more than 10 years of grooming experience. If you\u2019re more hands-on when it comes to your dog\u2019s hygiene, the store has do-it-yourself dog washing facilities too. Cornelius says plans are in the works to start offering dog training classes, supervised by Mary\u2019s husband, John, who has been training dogs for more than a decade. The couple lives in nearby Westfield, and Cornelius sees that as a win\/win for the small communities. \u201cIt\u2019s the coming together and bringing all their knowledge to better their own community,\u201d he says. There\u2019s nothing more important than the health of your pets, and Pet Supplies Plus has you covered there too. Once a month, PSP hosts a VIP Veterinary Clinic, providing low-cost, preventative veterinary care with no appointment necessary. Veterinary technicians administer vaccinations, prescription flea and tick control, de-worming services and microchipping. The clinics are open generally the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 \u2013 11 a.m., but it\u2019s best to call the store at 317-7697800 to confirm the schedule. Cornelius reiterates that it all comes down to building relationships with his customers who he refers to as neighbors. \u201cWe want to take that extra 30 seconds or a minute to carry your products out to your car and thank you for coming in,\u201d he says. It\u2019s a philosophy that is carried over from the other two family-owned Pet Supplies Plus stores in Lafayette and Crown Point, for which Cornelius also serves as District Area Manager in addition to the Whitestown location. So the next time your dog needs a bath, your bird needs some seed, your snake needs some mice or your lizard needs some formalwear, stop in and see your neighbors at Pet Supplies Plus. And say hi to Frank. Store information: Pet Supplies Plus 6177 S. Main St. Whitestown, IN 46075 317-769-7800 Hours: M \u2013 Sat. 9 a.m. \u2013 9 p.m.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 Sun.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0 10 a.m. \u2013 6 p.m.