New bird store opens
Newlyweds from Boeme, Texas, born and raised, opened Cobabe Wild Bird & Gift shop on October 2. Ryan and Skyler bring their love of birds to the Beavercreek area and are looking forward to sharing that love with fans visiting their store located at 3787 Dayton-Xenia Rd., across the street from the Knollwood Garden Center and next to The Wood Box. Cobabe Wild Bird & Gift Shop will be celebrating their Grand Opening during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, November 1 at 10 a.m.
“The community shops on Dayton-Xenia Road have been an overwhelming support during the whole process. We owe a lot of gratitude to those who have not only helped spread the word about our shop but have been instrumental in getting everything put together,” Ryan Cobabe said.
Skyler and Ryan were married in Texas this February and planned on moving to Ohio in March, after Skyler’s family moved to the area due to business. They both sought new careers, but their love for nature and birds took hold and they knew they had to share that passion with the community. Within a short amount of time, a lot had to be done to open their current store.
“Skyler and I met working together for poultry supply company back in Texas. My father-in-law, who I have worked for almost a decade, now works for one of the largest bird seed manufacturers in the country and he is what inspired the store to open,” Ryan said.
The Cobabe’s wanted to spread the idea that whether customers are interested in feeding birds or they know someone that does, the Cobabe’s want to be the one-stop shop for the whole experience from searching specific birds to enjoying them while sitting on the back porch drinking coffee.
Ryan spent time packing chickens and wild bird products during a summer job back in Texas. That’s where his love for bird watching began. Eventually, the summer job turned into a career where he began working in research and development as a tech. Of course, this is also what brought these newlyweds together and they share the same desires for birds.
Being right across from Knollwood Garden Center gives this shop a great opportunity to provide a convenient shopping experience for bird products for those who love the outdoors. Even if bird watching is not desired, the shop offers unique gifts that revives and renews the bird watching and nature experience. There is something for everyone.
“My wife is my everything and this has been an incredible journey for the both of us. I couldn’t imagine doing this with anyone else at my side,” he said.
The Cobabe’s plan on opening a couple more shops around Ohio. They obtain their products locally and from other parts of the country. Their specialty is a line of cedar feeders that are made right here in Ohio. They hope to incorporate more locally inspired products in the future.
“I’d love to start volunteering for the Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm,” Ryan said. “They have an incredible operation going on over there.” Both Ryan and Skyler would also like to raise awareness about the National Audubon Society, whose conservation efforts have helped save countless species of animals, including birds.