If Iggy’s Place, on Valley Road in Upper Montclair closes, which could happen soon should business remain at current levels, Eddie, a Chihuahua mix, will not be able to stop in during one of his daily strolls, relax and have a treat. His owner, a nearby resident, says she’ll be lost without the Valley Road store.
A tipster, who alerted us to the store’s troubles, says owner Danny Heaps isn’t making money and can’t afford to lose anymore. She added that Heaps fosters stray animals at the store and how it would be a shame to see the pet supply store close. Reader Scott Sorentino wrote about Iggy’s as a Favorite Place:
Owner, and animal lover Danny Heaps, knows how to run a tight ship. He’s got anything you could ever want in one compact space.
Danny’s community service in rescuing abandoned kittens and cats is astounding — the amount of money that he must spend on their shots alone is unimaginable. I see it as his labor of love.
What will it take to keep Iggy’s operating? We spoke to Heaps who says businss has fallen off dramatically in the last year. “It’s a funny thing owning a small business in Montclair. I never knew how hard it would be,” says Heaps. “The business is there to subsidize the animal rescue we do. I want to keep doing the rescue work, but I can’t afford to if the business continues to lose money.”
Heaps, who works in the music industry managing rock musicians and promoting high-end music camps, says the next few weeks will be crucial, but if things don’t improve, he would have to close the store in September. He’s hoping customers will support Iggy’s, adding that rents are high and there are too many empty store fronts in Montclair.
Heaps also encourages pet lovers to visit the store and see the five cats and a dog at Iggy’s Place who need a home. Pictures to come.