In late September, Nancy Fedelem’s pet supply store in Kenton, Fang and Feather, packed up its kibble at 1926 N. Kilpatrick St. and moved about 12 blocks away to a new, larger home at 3131 N. Lombard St.
Fedelem had been open at the Kilpatrick location, in the heart of Kenton, for about four years. She is also the owner of Salty’s pet supply store on North Mississippi. The new Fang and Feather, still in Kenton but a little closer to the outskirts, will offer approximately 4,100 square feet of space, plus a 200-sqare-foot lot, versus approximately 1,100 square feet in the previous store.
“It presented an opportunity to grow the store and expand our offerings,” said Fedelem. “I’d been shopping for awhile and when this space became available I knew it was perfect. Some of our customers who live across the street or close by are sad because they’ll have to drive. But we also have customers who live close to the new store and they’re happy, so there’s a trade-off.”
The new Lombard store had been home to Dick Maunu’s commercial printing business for more than 25 years. Maunu still owns the building, leasing the space to Fedelem, and Fedelem will continue to offer the building’s seasonal Christmas tree sales, which have been popular in the neighborhood for many years. Before Maunu opened his print shop, the space had been home to Teeny’s Department Store, a North Portland anchor where many older neighbors remember shopping for clothes and school supplies. Fedelem is excited to be bringing retail back to the space.
“We’re thrilled to be picking up where Teeny’s left off,” said Fedelem. “There are so many memories there – and maybe a couple of ghosts.”
In spring, Fedelem will use the additional space to expand her business to include nursery and gardening supplies. The name of the business will stay Fang and Feather for now, but could change later in the year – possibly to Fang and Flower – and reflect its growing focus.
“I have always loved the Kenton community and we feel so supported here,” said Fedelem. “We will miss all of our wonderful Kenton neighbors, but we’ll only be a few blocks away. We’ll miss Posie’s for coffee on a daily basis, Swift and Union, Pizzafino, Kenton Antiques – where we get so many of our store fixtures – and Little Red Press who does all of our printing.”
Little Red Press will still do Fedelem’s printing and Kenton Antiques will only be blocks away. The new neighbors, however, also seem promising.