Downtown Highland Park has gone to the dogs — and cats and other pets.
Pets4Life, an all-in-one pet facility, celebrated its arrival at the prime downtown location, 661 Central Ave., with a grand opening on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Friends, neighbors and city officials stopped by the new business Wednesday to enjoy the festivities, including treats for both humans and canines and a ribbon cutting.
The business gained final approval from the city in early 2023 and has since built out its two storefronts, 659 and 661 Central, which from 2002 to 2016 housed Running Right and Alberto’s Cycles, respectively.
Pets4Life offers full-service veterinary care, featuring surgical rooms, a pharmacy and overnight capabilities. It also has doggie daycare and grooming on its lower level and sells retail items on its main floor.
Siblings and dog lovers Greg Gibson, of Highland Park, and Meg Gibson Revord, of Winnetka, founded Pets4Life about two years ago, leading up to the storefront in Highland Park. Greg Gibson said after looking at numerous spaces, the highly visible Highland Park spot was a big sell for the owners.
Gibson Revord, an attorney with experience in healthcare, said that she and her brother saw issues with veterinary care, including rising costs related to financial strains on vets. They believe Pets4Life’s structure will help alleviate some of that pressure.
The pet-care facility officially opened a few weeks ago, and Greg Gibson has appreciated the warm welcome.
“The people in town are really welcoming,” he said. “It seems like the kind of town where people want to support local businesses.”
Pets4Life’s vet services are open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; grooming from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday; and retail 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
For more information on Pets4Life, visit its website.
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