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September 17, 2010 / V A Nichols

Fur Monger Brings Shop of Cruelty to Galleria

Henig Furs takes former Just For Feet site outside Riverchase Galleria

Henig Furs plans to open a store next month on Galleria Circle in Hoover, in the long-vacant space formerly occupied by Just For Feet.

The new 10,000 square-foot store will feature items less expensive than in the company’s other Birmingham location and include an expansive outerwear collection, including ski jackets, wool coats and motorcycle apparel, said Henig Furs CEO Mike Henig.

“It’s going to be something new for our concept and our company,” he said.

Henig said the company began developing the new concept about three years ago but suspended it during the financial crisis in 2008. But as sales for the company jumped in 2009 and continue in 2010, it launched the plan again in January. Henig said that even while some department stores shy away from selling large amounts of outerwear products, they’re expanding. His company will also open stores in the same concept in two other locations this fall, in Montgomery and in Columbus, Ga. If those do well, Henig plans to expand throughout the southeast, he said.

Henig Furs’ current location in Hoover will continue to sell its usual products.

The new store will soon hold a job fair to hire between 20 and 25 employees, Henig said. It will also hold a grand opening celebration the last weekend in October.

“We are excited to have Alabama’s premier fur salon with us at Riverchase Galleria,” said Riverchase Galleria general manager, Sam Warbington.

Several additional retailers also recently opened or remodeled stores at the Riverchase Galleria, Warbington said, including The Limited, Pink, Victoria’s Secret, Francesca’s Collections and CCS. Wet Seal and Finish Line will open new stores in the fall, along with a remodeled Bath and Body Works reopening later in October.

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My first public participation in a demonstration against animal cruelty was at the Henig Furs in Hoover on a Fur-Free-Friday many years ago.

To me the cruelty of fur and leather products is apparent, to the less aware perhaps not so obvious.

A good starting-place to learn the truth behind fur apparel and products is Tribe of  Hearts‘ award winning documentary ‘The Witness,’ now available for viewing free online.

This is an honest and  transformative  film about a brash New Yorker whose life was changed by a kitten, and his efforts to awaken the consciousness of others.

Tribe of Hearts’ commitment to make films that awaken compassion and deepen each individual’s understanding of the interconnectedness of all life is evident in this film.

Do you share your life with a companion animal?

Someone who is always happy to see you, enjoys your interaction as well as just being together? Are you concerned when your friend expresses pain or upset? Would you protect your friend from harm?

Your companion animal’s not so distant cousins are the animals whose lives are ended when humans covet their fur and skin.

Whether wild or farm-raised, fur-bearing and hide-bearing animals are individuals with preferences and a strong desire to live.

In our heightened commercial,  supply and demand world,  humans hold the consumptive position of demand.

Remembering and living our values of compassion, interconnectedness, and peace can change our choices.

“Happiness is when what you think,

what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

—Mahatma Gandhi


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  1. tyler / Dec 25 2010 11:39 PM

    his furs are illegal rip offs

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