Gallery Furniture has always marched to the beat of its own drum, and many folks wonder why there are monkeys and birds in a furniture store? Fact is, my wife Linda and I have always loved animals and for years have chosen to share this love of all of God's creatures with friends, family, and the world's greatest customers - those that walk through the door of Gallery Furniture.
Leading our lovely flock is Mack the Hyacinth Macaw - who has been the number one bird at Gallery for over 10 years. Over the years, Gallery Furniture has hosted the Three Amigos miniature horses, Post Oak the Grand Champion Steer, champion race horses, and other birds - yet Mack the Hyacinth Macaw has always held stage front and center.
Following the evening of the devastating fire of May 21st, Gallery Furniture received many inquiries from friends, and our family of customers who wanted to know how the birds - and the other beautiful animals - were and their condition following the fire. A series of blogs showcasing the animals, including one of Post Oak the Champion Steer living in a ranchland paradise, made their way so that folks could see that the animals they grew to know and love were doing quite well.
My wife and I then decided that since folks loved the animals so much, we should look into bringing more of them into the Gallery Furniture family. And While Linda was looking into acquiring some more birds she met Robert Williams and his then six-month old baby Brown-Tufted Capuchin monkey "Sasha". Robert is a native Houstonian whose love for exotic animals started when he was sixteen and has culminated into a passion to rescue and re-home several capuchins, an older female chimpanzee, even two brown bears!
Since the 100% Grand Opening Celebration, Gallery Furniture is proud to have one of the few Toco Toucans born each year outside the wild to share with its customers. There are also three Keelbilled and two Swainson's Toucans that came from expert breeder and bird caretaker Chad Jensen in San Diego, California. Together, Robert and Linda have put together a collection of over seventeen different species of exotic birds, which includes Mack the Hyacinth Macaw, who serves as patriarch to this magnificent assortment of birds.
Naturally, all creatures big and small need care, and with the Gallery Furniture monkeys, this is no exception. Both Linda and Robert are very busy with the six baby Gallery Monkeys and the two that belong to Robert. With love, care, and helping hands, the expert care of these creatures allows Gallery Furniture to bring to the world's greatest customers an experience to watch these great creatures interact with one another - from seeing them gleefully at play or sleeping peacefully - in the fabulous monkey habitat which made its debut Labor Day Weekend.
The Gallery Furniture Monkey troupe consists of Parker, a 4.5 month old female and Tidwell a 4.5 month old male, both Brown-Tufted Capuchins that were born at the Smokey Mountain Zoo in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Recently added to the troupe is Logan, a 3.5 month old male and Kate, a 10 week old female. Logan's namesake is that of the selfless young man who walked into the Post Oak location after the fire and insisted on giving myself and the Gallery Furniture family of employees a bag of money he had been saving for an Apple iPod. Since Logan's sister's name is Kate, it followed to reason that the we honor the family names. Gallery Furniture also has a baby Brown-Tufted male and White Throat male that are currently looking for names in the "Name the Monkey" contest (as shown on the front page of GalleryFurniture.com).
Sasha and Cody, also Capuchin monkeys, are Robert's own and they love to ham it up for the Gallery Furniture customers while in the monkey habitat - especially the male Cody who loves to swing and perform for all of the wonderful Gallery Furniture customers who stop by to watch and wave hello.
Gallery Furniture's animals are always there to bring a smile to the many visitors in the store every day of the week. Likewise, they are also there to provide educational opportunities unlike any other. Gallery Furniture will be starting a school field trip program where classes of children can come to the store to learn about the animals in an up close and personal setting. With Robert's expertise in education and instruction - he teaches at the University of Houston Downtown - Gallery Furniture will offer a unique look into these creatures for children who may never venture far out of an urban environment.
The Gallery Furniture animals will also continue the great Gallery Furniture tradition of charitable good will and helping others in need. For example, two of the Gallery Furniture monkeys made a special appearance at Petapalooza to help raise money for the Houston Humane Society - a notable organization looking to help God's creatures who have no voice of their own.
So, why monkeys and birds in a furniture store? Because Gallery Furniture is a one-of-a-kind furniture store. Not only will Gallery Furniture save you money and deliver your furniture TODAY, Gallery Furniture will also bring you a store experience unlike any other in the world… TODAY.