Small Dog has a growing appetiteBy Bruce Edwards
STAFF WRITER | August 26,2013Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
Bronson Harvey, center, talks about computers with Zach Andrulat at the Small Dog Electronics store in Rutland. The company is opening a store in Key West, Fla.The Small Dog continues to grow.
After opening its Rutland store this spring, owner Don Mayer has expanded his Small Dog Electronics business farther south — south, as in Key West, Fla.
“We’re always looking for opportunities to expand our retail presence,” Mayer said.
The latest opportunity presented itself when a small Apple reseller in Key West put their business up for sale.
Mayer said while Small Dog’s home base will always remain in New England, the chance to acquire the Key West store was too good to pass up.
Mayer is in the process of converting the store to look like other Small Dog stores.
“There’s a lot of tourist traffic there from cruise boats and stuff so we may have slightly different selection of products that cater to that audience,” he said, “but in general it’s going to be Apple products and accessories to go along with Apple products as well as iPhone and iPhone accessories.
Mayer said the Key West store is the only Apple specialist store within 100 miles. He said the closest store is Miami.
Apple has its own company-owned stores. Then there are 160 independent Apple resellers or specialists around the country, including Small Dog, that are authorized by Apple to sell and service its products and accessories.
The Small Dog store on West Street has been open only a few months but Mayer said he’s pleased with the results to date.
“We’re very excited about Rutland because it serves as a model for us for other potential smaller stores in smaller communities,” Mayer said, “which I feel is the direction we’re going to have to take because Apple itself will go to the larger markets.”
With the Key West acquisition, Small Dog now has five stores: Waitsfield, South Burlington, Rutland and Manchester, N.H.
@rutlandherald.comMORE IN National / World BusinessNike came out with a new product last Tuesday, an updated and — for my feet — more comfortable... Full StoryWASHINGTON — U.S. Full Story
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day 1739, 'Richard Palmer' identified in prison at York Castle as the notorious outlaw DICK TURPIN; IN 1836, Battle of the Alamo begins near San Antonio de Bexar, Texas; 1896, the Tootsie Roll invented by LEO HIRSCHFELD.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1472, Orkney, Shetland islands put up as collateral by Norway to Scotland in lieu of dowry for MARGARET OF DENMARK on her marriage with JAMES III, king of Scotland; 1962, JOHN GLENN first American to orbit Earth.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: City mayoral candidates debate campaign issues; Hartford, Conn., woman still missing; Neal Goswami reports attempts to legislate suicide; local woman loses 100 pounds through TOPS program.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1878, JOHN TUNSTALL murdered near Lincoln, New Mexico, by the outlaw JESSE EVANS; in 1930, ELM FARM OLLIE first cow to fly in aircraft, first to be milked airborne; 1955, nuke test WASP; '79, snow in Sahara.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Rutland Herald News Editor Alan J. Keays and staff writer Gordon Dritschilo discuss stories planned for the February 18, 2015, edition of the newspaper: Winter budgets maxed, legal marijuana, Springfield bank job, USPS slowdown
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1249 AD, ANDRE of LONGJUMEAU is dispatched by LOUIS IX of France to meet the KHAGAN, ruler of the Mongol Empire; in 1804, during 1st Barbary War, STEPHEN DECATUR scuttles the pirate-held USS Philadelphia in Tripoli.