Q&A with Woofs & Waves

Woofs & Waves is a new pet store on the east side of Sioux Falls. Find out more about them and their store in our latest Q&A with Justin, owner of Woofs & Waves – with a couple unique questions thrown in!

What inspired you to start Woofs & Waves?

It has always been a passion of mine to open my own pet store.  It took years of planning and discussing details with my business partner, Mark, before we actually to the first step in starting our own store.  Having been in the industry for a while we were able to design a business plan that aligned with the things we wanted to improve on in the industry.

L to R: Justin Shatto, Christine Gillick & Mark Olesen

Tell us about Woofs & Waves?

Woofs and Waves is thrilled to be the first pet store of its kind to be able to service the east side of Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities. We have a wide variety of high quality dog and cat food in addition to an extensive line of food and supplies for reptiles and small animals. In addition to food, supplies, treats and toys for all pets, our store also features an impressive selection of saltwater, freshwater and exotic fish. Showcasing 83 tanks and over 5000 gallons of water, we have the perfect addition to any aquarium. We also specialize in the knowledge and experience to keep any aquarium in optimum condition.

Our pets are our family and we have a knowledgeable staff with over 50 years of combined experience who can help provide nutrition and behavior education for all pet parents. We are excited for the opportunity of serving residents on the east side Sioux Falls and look forward to being a part of it’s continued growth.

Woofs&Waves (8 of 14)What experience do you have in the pet industry?

I started in the pet industry when I was 14 years old and have been working off and on throughout the years.  My passion is for aquariums and I learned everything I know from my business partner Mark (who has been in the aquatics industry for 25+ years).  At the store I’m known as the African Cichlid expert.

What types of products do you sell?

We sell a little bit of everything.  From Small Animal, Bird and Reptile supplies to a variety of all natural foods and treats for your dogs and cats.  We also sell many standard and custom aquariums, aquarium products and supplies, and pride ourselves on the variety of fresh, saltwater, and exotic fish that we consistently have in stock.

Do you support local small businesses who have pet items by selling them in your store?

We always shop local whenever we have the chance.  One of our biggest grooming suppliers is Groomers Choice, an international grooming supply company.  We also carry a product called the Portion Paw which was designed and created here in Sioux Falls.

How long have you been in business?

We have been in business for about 6 months.  Our first day of business was 11/16/15.

What made you decide to open on the east side of Sioux Falls?

We wanted to open on the east side of Sioux Falls because there was a great need that wasn’t being met.  Eastern Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities (Brandon, Northwest Iowa, and Southwest Minnesota) would have to drive clear across town to get the quality pet supplies they need.

Do you have any special events or hosting a rescue group coming up?

At this time the only special event we have coming up is our Grand Opening event coming up on Saturday, June 11th 2016.

Do you have any pets? If so, do they come to the store with you?

I have a 2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer named Ava.  She will come to the store occasionally, but she gets anxious when she does because of the open field right next door that she feels she needs to run in constantly.  Christine will bring her dog occasionally and we always have our customers bringing in their dogs to come check out the store!  YES, customers’ dogs are always welcome at our store as long as they are leashed.  We love to have guests come visit us!

If you could pick your favorite celebrity pet, who would it be?

I don’t follow pop-culture very often, but I always enjoy hearing stories of service dogs (civilian and military) that dedicate their lives to loving and caring for their owners.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

If I could be any animal it would have to be a dog.  I think it’s self-explanatory why!


5426 E. Arrowhead Pkwy.  Sioux Falls, SD 57110

(605) 274-9663





Photos by Little White Dog Pet Photography

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