Sunflower Natural Pet Supplies started in 1997 as an aquarium maintenance company named the Manhattan Aquarium Company. It started as a home-based company that grew into a 5400 square foot, full-line retail store in November of 2003. In 2009, a second location opened in Lawrence, KS that focused on natural pet foods and operated under the name ‘Sunflower Natural Pet’. A few years later, it was decided to rebrand the two stores as ‘Sunflower Natural Pet Supplies’; a homage to the Kansas state flower of the same name. This change in name helped emphasize the fact that the store had become more than just an aquarium store.
When the store first opened, it was the fourth, independently owned store in a college town of 50,000 people. Today, Sunflower Natural Pet Supplies is the only full-line, independently owned pet store left. Sunflower Pet outlasted its competiors by staying relevant in the ever-changing pet market, and keeping up with trends and technology in the industry. This includes bringing in all of the latest items from Zoo Med, such as Zoo Med's AquaSun and ReptiSun LED hoods, Zoo Med Cavern Kits, and new Zoo Med Gourmet Foods. Owner Mike Bonella can be found attending many of the industry’s biggest trade shows, always on the hunt for the latest and greatest thing to advance the pet industry.
The store is active with the local Kansas State campus, participating in events like their ‘Week of Welcome’, where they greet students to town. They are also an active vendor at the local Konza Reptile show, supporting local breeders and highlighting Zoo Med items.
In store, Mike is quick to point out that he has always been a fan of Zoo Med products, using our products in store since its beginning. Currently the majority of the store's reptiles are kept in Zoo Med's Naturalistic Terrariums along with Zoo Med heat and UVB bulbs to provide the appropriate amount of sunlight and a reliable heat source. With a constant stock of Zoo Med products in store, it's hard to not find the perfect product for your herp.