Issue #180, June 23, 2011

Articles

Bird's Eye View

introducing two local business' parrots

by Trevor Kupfer photos by Elizabeth Schultz, Andrea Paulseth

Buddy from Parrot Bay
 
Buddy from Parrot Bay

Having a pet in the lobby of a business is a fairly popular thing in the Chippewa Valley. These domesticated patrons serve as unofficial mascots who greet visitors (especially kids), and – let’s face it – who doesn’t like to greet an animal from time to time? But while most are dogs and cats, at least two Valley businesses have parrots. And after chatting with them about it, I think they’re on to something …

“People love him,” Ship Shape Car Wash owner Deb Hoover said of Tattoo. “I’ll have parents come in and say, ‘Don’t tell my kids I was here without them.’ ”

Sandy Scholfield, co-owner of Parrot Bay Tanning Salon, has similar experiences with Buddy. “A lot of people like her and talk to her, and some people even bring in treats!”

Despite being two very different businesses, one in Eau Claire and the other in Menomonie, the parrots at Ship Shape and Parrot Bay are surprisingly similar. 

Tattoo is a 24-year-old Yellow-Naped Amazon, a breed that is mostly bright green, lives in Central America, is just over a foot long, and should live to see a 60th birthday. Buddy is a 25-year-old Blue-Fronted Amazon, a breed that is mostly bright green, lives in South America, is just over a foot long, and should live to see a 50th birthday.