Store of the Month – September 2019

Pet World

Store Address
711 W 23rd St #26
Lawrence, KS 66046

Store Hours:
Monday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 6:00pm


On Memorial Day of 2015, Tim Emerson saw his 28-year-old pet store burn down. A lesser man would have moved on, but Tim wouldn’t let his dream die, and rebuilt the whole store. This month it has the honor of being featured as our Store of the Month, and it’s not hard to see why. Walk into this store, and you’ll be mesmerized by the walls of elaborate jungle habitats, the giant sulcata arena, or the endless fresh and saltwater tanks.
You don’t have to see it to believe it though; Pet World is the only pet store to win “Best of Lawrence” every year. They boast that Kansas uses their store as a training site for all Animal Health Inspectors because of Pet World’s pristine condition.

They offer exotic animal boarding and rehoming, youth volunteer programs, paid apprenticeships, internships, and special needs employment. Each of the animal sections in their store operates with its own specialized staff. If you have questions about reptiles, amphibians, arachnids/arthropods, fresh/saltwater fish, birds, small mammals, cats, or dogs, you can have it answered by a specialist who knows your animal’s needs.

They breed many of the reptiles they keep in store, and over the years the store has bred a variety of reptiles including, chameleons, bearded dragons, rat snakes, corn snakes, ball pythons, geckos, and more. In the fish room you will find a selection of fish from across the globe. Tim has traveled across the globe to meet with fish wholesalers, to ensure that their selection surpasses their customers’ expectations.

They also have several store pets, from Larry the White’s Tree Frog, to Phoenix the Cockatoo, Banana Pepper the Albino Iguana, and Goliath the Burmese Python, and many more.

In the end what really matters at Pet World is their community. This is reflected in the many offerings they provide such as summer camps, Parent’s Night Out, birthday parties, story time readings, Animals After Dark, and apprenticeships. The biggest offering though is their annual Thank You Days event every April. Pet World gives back to their customers by having store wide discounts to say thank you for all of the support and love. If you ask any Pet World employee what sets the store apart, and makes them happy to work there, is the customer service and education they provide.

If you go into Pet World during the Month of September, make sure to take a selfie and post it on social media with #zmstoreofthemonth! If you do, you’ll be entered to win $100 of Zoo med products of your choice!