First Street’s newest biz caters to furry friends

— First Street is going to the dogs.

And cats.

But seriously, folks, a new business called Furrever Friends celebrated its grand opening Saturday, July 26, at the corner of First and Tulip streets. Owner Odean Dyer is anxious to meet your pets and improve their lives with healthy foods, cool accessories and professional groomings.

The new pet boutique — which Dyer operates along with his fiancé, Lana Grant — sells canned foods, dry foods, pet pastries and safety gear as well as pet sweaters, collars and toys in a kaleidoscope of colors and materials. They even offer Syracuse University items ranging from orange jackets to faux dog bones.

The shop’s rear room features a grooming studio outfitted with two stations where Fido or Calico can get a makeover and come out looking — and smelling —like a million. Once you’ve got ’em looking their best, your pets can be professionally photographed at the shop.

You and your best-loved beast can visit Odean and Lana at Furrever Friends on First Street, online at ffpets.com, or give them a jingle at 218-7368.

Chorus aces anthem

The Liverpool Community Chorus made a rare appearance at NBT Bank Stadium, singing the National Anthem prior to that night’s Chiefs game against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Conducted by musical director John Miller that evening, the chorus performed a well-harmonized and sprightly version of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Bravo!

Griffin Field memories

Speaking of baseball, last Saturday morning at the GardenView Diner, Bruce Beacham and I discussed the first-place Syracuse Chiefs and their chances of making the International League playoffs. I told Beacham about the feature story I recently wrote for Plank Road Magazine about the Chiefs’ indefatigable groundskeeper, John Stewart, and Beacham told me about the guy who used to tend the diamond at Griffin Field.

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