That Pet Place many years later
My son played his first college baseball game in Bel Air MD yesterday, and I followed the GPS down the toll road routes and tried my best to not have NASA mistake me for a meteor. Yeah, i was about a half hour late leaving.
I had my mind set on stopping at TPP on the trip home to break the trip up into a few manageable chunks. I hadn't been inside the place in at least 18 years. I have Lancaster photos of me and the kids and Michael was still in the "bunch of broccoli" phase. So I had a LOT of remembering to do.
It definitely changed in terms of the store layout, but the fishroom is where I saw the biggest difference that I could recall. The difference in floor space allocated to SW vs FW was astounding and to be honest there didn't seem to be any more foot traffic on that side. The FW side was at least clean and well-kept. No floaters, and the tanks themselves were all very clean. The selection could've been a LOT better. There were a few tanks without working lights. The only fish there I wouldn't have paid a dime for were the discus and angelfish. Both were really the worst looking fish in the place, by far, and actually the only truly sad specimens.
The plant room was somehwat disappointing. Selection could've been much better and some of the rooted plants were just over-priced I thought.
Just a little disappointed, and yeah I walked out empty-handed. Proud of myself on that count.
With my daughter in school in Philly I've stopped at the Aquariumcenter in Clementon a couple of times. The drygoods seemed really expensive, but the fish and plants were really top-notch I thought. I have to drive down there Thursday to pick her up for spring break and will most likely take the detour again. Somehow, I don't think I'll come away empty-handed this time.