exotic pets

Fred Pace/The Herald-Dispatch S&S Reptiles and Exotics, located in the 700 block of Third Avenue in downtown Huntington, just across the street from the Huntington Arena, have scheduled a grand opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 15.

HUNTINGTON — You won't find any dogs or cats at Huntington's new exotic pet store, but there are a lot of other animals, such as birds, reptiles — including snakes — and amphibians.

S&S Reptiles and Exotics, located in the 700 block of 3rd Avenue in downtown Huntington, just across the street from the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, have scheduled a grand opening at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15.

Jason Sias, Evan Adkins and Kevin Smith are the owners and managers of the new business.

"We will have various types of exotic birds, tarantula spiders, scorpions, other invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles, including snakes, frogs, turtles, alligators and a caiman, which is a semiaquatic reptile similar to the alligator but with a heavily armored belly, native to tropical America," Adkins said.

Adkins says he and his partners have been doing reptile expos for a while and felt the Huntington area had a need for an exotic animal store.

"We just saw an opportunity to help exotic animal lovers with all their needs, from feeders to supplies to lots of exotic animals in stock," Adkins said. "We have rats, mice, crickets, worms and more here. Everything people need for their exotic pet we will have it and at decent prices."

For the grand opening the new business will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., but the regular hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and closed on Monday, Adkins said.

For more information, visit online at www.facebook.com/pg/siasandsmithreptiles/ or call 304-529-3794.

"See our Facebook page to enter a drawing for a $100 store credit, which will be announced at noon during the grand opening on June 15," Adkins added.

QUICKSILVER: After a one-week delay, Benjamin Morgan, an entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio, says his organization, Old North Arcade, is officially opening Quicksilver in the former Max & Erma's space at Pullman Square at 4 p.m. Friday, June 7.

Quicksilver is a bar arcade that hosts a huge collection of retro arcades and console gaming systems that will all be free to play for patrons who are enjoying adult beverages. They will also feature a selection of pinball machines, as well as Skee-Ball, air hockey, Dance Dance Revolution and life size Jenga and Connect 4 on the patio, according to Morgan.

"Our bar will offer a rotating selection of local craft drafts and a full service cocktail and liquor menu," he said.

Morgan said he plans to implement a lot of the recipes that have been successful at his organization's Columbus location, such as the Save The Princess, Arcade Lemonade and Hagrid's Butterbeer.

"The kitchen will open shortly after the arcade bar," he said. "We don't have a final menu yet, but we've been incubating a concept for over-the-top gourmet hot dogs."

He said the establishment will be for age 21 and over only after 8 p.m., but will allow children under parental supervision daily until 8 p.m.

"Our goal is to provide a destination and interactive nightlife venue that will synergize with the surrounding food, beverage and entertainment offerings that make Pullman Square so unique," Morgan said.

HONEY BONES: Honey Bones, located at 1555 3rd Ave. in downtown Huntington, announced on its Facebook page that it is closing.

"Hey Huntington, We at Honey Bones want to thank everyone for the support in the last year. Our fried chicken experiment has decided to go on hiatus. The iconic building that houses us will be home to new experiments that we think Huntington will embrace in the future. Stay tuned. Our last days will be this Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 6, 7, 8, 9 from 11-9 — if you have a favorite, now is the time to enjoy it one last time," the post said.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter @FredPaceHD.

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