Mende: Laurent Martinez has combined his three passions in a single boutique
Pet shop, video games and musical instruments can be found at Tropic Loisirs.
On Thursday afternoon, a teenage girl enters the Tropic Loisirs store and looks at the musical instruments on display in the shop from a distance, a gesture that is a barrier to entry. She comes to ask about the price of violins. A moment later, a young man comes to pick up the latest video game.
Since 1987, he has lived from his passions and has not hesitated to innovate in order to satisfy them and make the Lozerians benefit from them.
“I’ve watched the downtown area crumble year after year.”
He created a pet shop then, four years later, he opened the first video game store in Lozere and finally extended the offer to customers by adding a musical instrument business.
After changing addresses four times in the city centre, he found the ideal location at 15 Britexte Boulevard. “Having moved several times, I’ve seen the city centre crumble year after year. It’s become a desert,” he says bitterly.
The shop is divided into four parts: the music area, with the instruments on display, the pet shop, with the aquariums, the video game demonstration area and, finally, the room reserved for numerous video games.
In accordance with the environment
It’s been two years since the pet shop has completely changed. “With regard to environmental problems, I decided to sell only in the local short circuit, i.e. animals born and bred in Lozere. It’s the only pet shop in France to sell 95% of the animals bred here. Almost all the fish are Lozerian. They’ve been selected for twenty-five years.
“There’s fish, dwarf rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. I’ve stopped the birds. I don’t have everything, but I’m not worried about supplies.I’ve got three tanks, 25 yards long and 50 yards wide, for breeding. In the store, there’s only a few samples, and there’s 500 or 600 waiting.”
For Laurent, fish is a passion.he has passed the certificate of competence to be able to sell them safely.there are only temperate water fish.there are no more tropical fish, to have a minimal impact on the planet and ecology.
His brand new business is the sale of musical instruments, both new and second-hand, and he has set up a comfortable test room where customers can try their hand at it.