How did Songbird get it start?
Michael, the owner, had thought about opening a wild bird store many times throughout his life. His first serious thought was in late college, when he approached one of the large national franchises where he had shopped since he was a boy. They smiled politely and said "come back when you got a couple hundred thousand dollars." He entertained the idea a few other times while working in the nonprofit sector, but after 10 years doing environmental conservation work, he knew it was time.
In 2013, he approached another local store owner to inquire if they were looking to sell and retire. However, after only a handful of days in discussions, Michael walked away as there were far too many ethical issues with that business’s operations.
"While starting from scratch may be the hardest path to take, being able to build my own business with my own values and my own approach was everything I could've dreamed for."