Diana R. Dubbeld (Diana)
|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 12:07 pm: || |
Yesterday I stoped by 10 Detroit area pet shops and asked them to pass out our flyers for the walk-about to intrested customers. 6 stores agreed to help our cause. Please suport them as they support us and visit their shops! Let them know that you are coming to them because they support the Belle Isle Aquarium!
Fresh Water & Salt Water
Fish Fish Supplies
38131 Ann Arbor Rd. Livonia, MI 48150
Owners Dale Ernst II & Chris Carothers
THE FISH DOCTORS OF CANTON
Quality Fresh Water, Salt Water, & Reef Animals
Complete Aquarium Systems
Full Line of Aquarium Products
8689 N. Lilley Rd. Canton, MI 48187
Owners Marcus Zevalkink & Juan Yaksic
PET SUPPLIES "PLUS"
Discount Pet Supplies
43665 Ford Road Canton, MI 48187
Manager Ted Linden
THE FISH TANK
Fresh & Saltwater Fish
5971 N. Wayne Road Westland, MI 48185
Saltwater, Freshwater, Reef, Exotics
954 S. Wayne Rd Westland, MI 48186
GREENWOOD PETS& PLANTS
Michigans Largest Pet Supermarket
Over 10,000 Galons of Tropical Fish
Specializing in Marine Fish & Invertabrates
28980 Joy Livonia, MI
I will be goin out today to visit more stores!
Diana R. Dubbeld (Diana)
|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 3:59 pm: || |
Here are three more stores that support us. There were a total of 200 flyers given out to these stores (20 per each store) as well as flyers stuck on Pet Supplies Plus and Superpets bulliten boards.
31128 Five Mile Livonia
JAN"S TOPICAL FISH
Tropical & Salt Water Fish & Supplies
4807 S. Telegraph Rd. Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
5317 S. Telegraph Rd Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
|Posted on Friday, January 21, 2005 - 5:51 pm: || |
Great work! I have these supporting businesses on the site:
It's wonderful to see that our local businesses support the Belle Isle Aquarium.
|Posted on Thursday, February 03, 2005 - 10:30 am: || |
I know that the owner of Pet Supplies Plus is a huge supporter of the Michigan Humane Society. Maybe someone could contact him to get support for us at the corporate level? And what about contacting the director of the Humane Society for his endorsement?
Another group to ask for support from might be the Detroit Art Deco Society. The physical building of the aquarium is significant by itself, and I believe they are a large active group.
Anyway, just my thoughts . . .
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 11:01 pm: || |
I would like to add to the list of F.O.B.I.A. friendly stores. My boys Spencer 8,and Cameron 6, posted flyers last week for the rally. THANKS TO ALL WHO CAME OUT IN THE SNOW STORM!!!!
32552 Woodward Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Royal Oak,MI 48067
PREMIER PET SUPPLY
31215 Southfield Rd.
Beverly Hills,MI 48025
|Posted on Monday, February 21, 2005 - 11:39 pm: || |
I'll second that! It is so heartning to see people coming out and braving the inclement weather to support the Aquarium. With this kind of determination, how can we fail?
|Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2005 - 8:02 pm: || |
With STEPHEN GOODFELLOW as our leader we can not fail!!!!!!!!
Thanks for getting the ball rolling
|Posted on Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - 8:46 pm: || |
Now that we are working on fund raising we need new flyers to down load.
|Posted on Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 3:06 pm: || |
I just posted a bunch of posters including Critters and Pet Supplies Plus both are on Ecorse road. Also Tim Hortens on Van Born IN Taylor. Sunnyside also on VB in Dh, Clark gas station on Van Born, and 7-11 on Van Born.So far just 1 donation box out there.downriver. Plus a bunch of grocery stores.
|Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 12:47 pm: || |
Here are the wonderful businesses who allowed me the space to place Change Drive jars in their stores.
Captive Reef (734) 261-9392
811 Inkster Rd., Garden City, MI 48135
Fantastic Fins (734) 464-3523
38131 Ann Arbor Rd., Livonia MI 48150
Cichlid World (734) 522-0009
27843 Ford Rd., Garden City, MI 48135
Something Fishy (734) 722-4474
954 S. Wayne Rd., Westland, MI 48186
The Fish Tank (734) 467-7706
5971 N. Wayne Rd., Westland, MI 48185
The Fish Doctors of Canton (734) 416-0876
8689 N. Lilley Rd., Canton, MI 48187
Pet Supplies Plus (734) 981-9191
43665 Ford Rd., Canton, MI 48187
Greenwood Pets & Plants (734) 422-3071
28980 Joy, Livonia, MI
The Aquarium (734) 522-3146
31128 Five Mile, Livonia, MI
Pet Station (313) 292-6343
5317 S. Telegraph, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125
101 Aquariums (313) 292-3872
25565 Van Born, Taylor, MI 48180
Family of Pets (248) 427-1150
|Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 8:07 am: || |
Although you missed some of the stores in Detroit PROPER, we are joining in on the cause, I just hope it's not to late to be effective. You can add Exotic Aquarium to the list.
Exotic Aquarium (313)-342-3515
16865 Schaefer Hwy (at McNichols)
One of our longtime customers told us about the cause just last week. We have a donation bowl in place. If the aquarium can stay open past the April closing deadline, we would be willing to sponsor a Save The Aquarium Day, where part of that days profits would be donated.
We have also talked to some of our local Reps from the Aquarium related companies to see if they would be interested in helping.
I will also be updating our website to link to this one.
I'll see if I can attend the next FOBIA meeting.
Manager, Exotic Aquarium
|Posted on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 - 10:27 am: || |
|Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 1:39 pm: || |
Has anyone asked if they would be intersted in selling the shirts at local pet shops? Try even asking Critters on Ecorse road near Pellham. I would but I been sick lately,and I have no voice.Is there anyone one out there can even sell them at their employment? I remeber a few years ago in a small town,they sold shirts at a few locations to help save a old hotel. They sold enough to save it! This town had only 18,000 people. If they can do it so can we. I hope the fundraiser at the Yacht club sells well over 300 tickets. Is the aquarium open this weekend?downriver.
|Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 10:04 pm: || |
THE AQUARIUM IS OPEN THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!
Buy your tickets for the dinner at the aquarium this weekend. Tickets are going fast DONT wait. There will be no tickets sold at the door. So get them on line or at the aquarium this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
|Posted on Friday, March 25, 2005 - 3:12 am: || |
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2005 - 11:39 am:
Has anyone asked if they would be intersted in selling the shirts at local pet shops?
Provided that the April 3 closing is not a done deal, Exotic Aquarium of Detroit would be happy to sell some of the Shirts in our store. We get a pretty decent daily foot traffic and I think they would do well.
I will attend the FOBIA meeting next week (coming late, we close at 6:30pm) and maybe if it will help we can set-up something there.
|Posted on Saturday, March 26, 2005 - 9:30 am: || |
Thank you Art Payne. Is there anybody else out there willing to sell the shirts?
|Posted on Sunday, March 27, 2005 - 9:11 am: || |
I don't know whether the April 3 closing is a done deal, alhough someone said they heard the Mayor say so in a radio interview the day after his state of the city speech. (he did not mention the Aq. in his soc speech).
I think the odds are the Aq. will close after April 3, although the city council passed a resolution that the Aq. should stay open until July 1. However, the mayor can ignore this res. if he chooses. It is questionable whether there are five votes on the council to hardball the mayor on the Aq. by refusing to pass (or defeating) an appropriation he wants/needs unless he agrees to keep the Aq. open.
The mayor has apparently concluded that the repercussions of closing the Aq. will not substantially harm his re-election chances. However, we apparently have no inside information as to whether the mayor and his advisors (whoever they are) consider this point debatable, or have firmly and finally concluded as much. Only time will tell whether that conclusion is correct.
Regarding shirts, I think that they may be a good thing to continue to use if the Aq. does close after April 3. We would have to have a discussion about whether the better slogan on the shirts would still be Save the Belle Isle Aquarium or Re-open the Belle Isle Aquarium. You can save something that has been closed, unless it has been irrevocably destroyed. However, "re-opening" may get the goal accross better and point to the future better. Continuing to use "save" may make some people think that we are just selling off old shirts printed before the closing, or are only talking about the building, which people may equate in their minds with "the Belle Isle Aquarium" after it closes (if and when it does).
I was asked if I had shirts when I went to Suzy's Bar in Hamtramck last Friday to make an announcement to the crowd about the AQ, and was invited to come back next week with shirts. I'll inquire whether I can leave some rather than do a traveling salseman thing.
I think our most pressing need at this point would be some major media coverage of (1) recent attendance (post the first closing announcement) which indicates the potential for substantially increased attendance in the future with proper publicity and (2) the one major donor offer we do have re the roof.
Media coverage of these two points could affect the question of whether closing the Aq. is a political liability for the mayor. As long as we (FOBIA) and the relatively few people we reach directly are the only people who know about the recent attendance upsurge and its significane and the roof offer, its not a big campaign liability. although it still could become one.
|Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2005 - 10:03 am: || |
On channel 2 this morning that is all they talked about. They had a reporter in front of the aquarium all morning. He mentioned todays rally,the Yacht Club fundraiser,and this Sundays closing. downriver.
|Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2005 - 12:52 am: || |
It had been a while since I had actually visited the Aquarium (embarrassed to say HOW LONG) so I spent my easter Sunday afternoon visiting the place (I usually work weekdays and weekends when it open & my ONLY off day is Monday when it is closed)
I took almost 200 pictures of the place and placed some of my favorites out of the bunch here:
Looking back, some of my favorite fish that I seem to order and personally like are ones that are on display at the Belle Isle Aquarium. Some are VERY slow movers (retail wise) like Congo Tetras, Lamprologus Brachardi and Archerfish, but I think I like them because they impressed me in my younger days from visiting the Aquarium.
I guess I was inspired after that visit on Sunday, and if the Aquarium doesn't close on April 3rd, I am ready to kick it up a Notch or TEN to raise some money (and awareness) for the place.
I have been talking to Vance and have a few things in the works if it does remain open until the new July 1st deadline, I'll post them here as they come closer to being a reality.
Exotic Aquarium: http://www.ExoticAquarium.com