Morgan Willis took over Atlantis Pet Retailer, positioned at 2821 NE Stephens Avenue, on Aug. 1, 2020. Since then, she has made many new additions together with, a brand new paint job, counter, and snake room. In addition to new indicators, decor, tanks, small animal racks, vegetation, reptiles, fish, and pure fish decorations.

Willis has at all times been fascinated with animals. She has recollections of strolling again to her childhood dwelling with a lizard or a giant snake wrapped round her arm.

Morgan’s father, Lee Willis, has at all times had a love for exotics.

Morgan Willis stated, “He would rush to take my image.” Willis has had reptiles since she was very younger and has had numerous expertise with them. Due to this, she utilized for a job at Atlantis in 2018.

Proudly owning Atlantis is a dream realized for Willis.

“After getting employed, I labored as an worker from 2018-2020 beneath the administration of Kelly Weaver. Kelly had talked about to me a number of instances about taking up the store and the way it could be an ideal match for me. If somebody would’ve informed me I might be working a small enterprise at 22 years outdated I might’ve laughed! It has been a dream come true and I wouldn’t commerce it for something,” Willis stated.

It took a number of work to refurbish Atlantis. Willis stated, “We now have labored so arduous since August first to replace the constructing and our provides. Taking up a enterprise in the course of the pandemic has been a problem however with the assistance of my dad and superb employees, we’ve completed lots and are very excited to maintain increasing!”

Essentially the most noticeable change is the intense inexperienced paint job the shop has gotten. “The colour of the constructing is definitely known as “Lazy Lizard Inexperienced.” After many conferences, whereas speaking with my dad and employees, we agreed {that a} tropical colour would match the perfect and would stand out. Earlier than the constructing was arduous to seek out and we’d get calls continuously on account of prospects wanting instructions to the shop. The gecko indicators have been designed by my dad and the font was my concept.”

One in all their most up-to-date additions is a snake room. Willis stated, “We began the snake room in March and it’s nonetheless not completed. We discover it helpful for patrons to have the ability to see most of our snakes in a single spot, and it’s additionally simpler for us to regulate the temperature in an enclosed room.”

Atlantis has been in Roseburg for greater than 10 years.

Like many different small companies, Atlantis has struggled from COVID-19.

“I really feel like COVID is essentially the most difficult half, I’ll place large orders every week and obtain lower than half of what I ordered. It’s irritating to some however most of all it frustrates me as a result of I would like to have the ability to keep absolutely stocked for our prospects and their animals,” Willis stated.

Atlantis Pet Retailer has employees who can assist with any pet-related questions and considerations, from rodents to reptiles, fish to amphibians, and birds to invertebrates. In addition they have the provides and gear wanted to make sure that your animal is comfortable, wholesome and effectively taken care of.

“That is my dream,” Willis stated. “Whenever you love your job and get up excited to go to work, you realize you’re dwelling your life proper. I like with the ability to give prospects recommendation and watching them go away the shop comfortable and in good arms. My employees and I’ve a number of belief constructed with our prospects and wish them to stroll by means of our doorways and really feel welcome. One other factor I take pleasure in is all of the fantastic individuals that go with Atlantis and the entire new upgrades for the reason that transition. I actually respect all of our loyal prospects who’re bearing with us in the course of the arduous instances of not with the ability to obtain all the pieces I order.”

Skylar Knox is a seventh grader at Fremont Center Faculty in Roseburg. Her work may be discovered on skylarknox.com

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