Best of Boston

1997 Best Pet Store

P.J.’s Pet Center

Thank God, an animal supermarket that hasn’t succumbed to the Chain Store Massacre. The fresh- and saltwater fish selections are astounding, with the occasional availability of stingrays, three-foot snowflake eels, and lionfish. The cat and dog department isn’t the biggest, but the assortment of reptiles, birds, and small rodents is more than ample. Also, every pet accessory you can imagine, and the employees are nothing less than experts.

Route 1 South, Saugus, 617-233-4325,