They say it takes a village to raise a child, and for birds, humans are an important part of that village.
“Parents need as much assistance with food as they can get because they’re busy raising sometimes five children at one time,” says Abbie Pressley, co-owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Greenville. “And water is crucial year round.”
Abbie grew up in the country in Laurens and spent much of her childhood playing outside and witnessing bird activity firsthand. She was drawn to the vibrant colors and different behaviors, and a lifelong love of birding was born.
It was this affinity for our feathered friends that led her to purchase the local Wild Birds franchise nearly 20 years ago. Abbie was working in healthcare at the time and looking to make a change. She wanted to find a career path that held greater interest for her. Having grown up in a retail family, Abbie decided to follow in her father’s footsteps and take the leap into business ownership. She was joined a year later by her own daughter, Melanie Moore, who inherited her mother’s affection for winged creatures, as well as her entrepreneurial spirit. Melanie’s had a background in retail, and like her mother she wanted to align her work more closely with her personal interests.
The Congaree Road store sells everything one might need to support the birds around your home, from feeders and seed to bird baths and nesting boxes. They also stock a variety of bird-related gift items for the bird lover in your life.
“We enjoy working with people and helping them establish their yard so they can have the enjoyment that comes from bird watching,” Abbie says.
The shop is closed on Sundays, but Abbie and Melanie rarely take a day off from keeping a watchful eye over their beloved birds. The pair are best friends and spend much of their time away from work doing things together, from their daily walks to taking day trips to Biltmore and nearby mountain villages.
“Along the way, you can always pull over and stop to watch birds,” Abbie says. “Neither of us ever gets tired of birds.”
Wild Birds Unlimited, 626 Congaree Road, Greenville, 864.234.2150, greenville.wbu.com