Councilwoman to close pet boutique, 'slow up' Hyatt to continue other pursuits

September 29, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

Jacqueline Hyatt has decided to retire -- a little.

In hopes of finding time to relax and visit with her grandson, the Hampstead councilwoman will close the doors of Hyatt's Animal Boutique Oct. 16.

But she said she intends to continue in office, run her pet supply store in South Baltimore and pursue a new, undisclosed venture with her daughter, Elizabeth. She might even volunteer with a program helping people earn their high school diplomas, she said.

"I need about 10 days in the week," Ms. Hyatt said yesterday with a laugh, referring to the 10-hour days and seven-day weeks she spends at the Hampstead store. "Now that I'm nearing 65, I have to have some time. I have to slow up here."

She dismissed with a chuckle friendly advice that retirement and "doing nothing" would make her grow old.

"When do I have time to do nothing?" she asked. "I like doing things; it keeps me energized. But I'm doing too much."

The decision to close her 17-year-old pet store and animal-oriented gift shop on Main Street wasn't easy, Ms. Hyatt said.

"This has been a really loving experience," she said. "I like to think it was a two-way street: I enjoyed being here, and people enjoyed having me here.

"It was a very sad decision, but now that I have committed myself, I'm all right with it."

Selling the business was an unthinkable option, Ms. Hyatt said.

"I will sell the building, but not the business," she said. "It's like having a child. I don't want anyone else to have it."

A going-out-of-business sale is unnecessary, Ms. Hyatt said. All of the birds are hers, she can transfer the supplies to her other location, and she can easily find homes for the small pets.

"I'm just going to quietly fold my tent and leave," Ms. Hyatt said. "But I don't want to sneak away in the dead of night. I feel like I'm deserting my customers and friends, but we all have to make changes.

"This change will be for my good."

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