The first 72 hours of 2008 will be busy ones for the critters at Fins and Feathers, a pet store at the corner of Monmouth Street and Maple Avenue.

They’ll be hopping, flying and skittering a couple of hundred yards west to their new digs on Monmouth, in the former home of the Victory Market.

“Me and my 700 kids,” says store owner Helen Davis, who also has five human kids, most of whom will be expected to lend a hand in the moving effort.


The store, which started out at 16 Monmouth (now the location of Art Forms, which is closing at the end of the year), has been at its present location for 24 years.

But the lease is up, and Buona Sera Ristorante, which owns the building, is planning to expand into the space, we hear. redbankgreen was unable to reach owner Chris Mariani for details.

“We were going to move to Shrewsbury, but I’ve been here so long I just had to stay,” says Davis, who started working at the store 23 years ago, when she was 19.

Though the two stores are comparable in size, the new Fins and Feathers address will have something the present one doesn’t: off-street parking — six spots.

“To have parking in Red Bank is gold,” Davis says.

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