Tropical Fish Store Owner Builds His Business in Springfield

The aquariums bubble like hundreds of simmering tea kettles. Multi-colored fish glide through underwater landscapes and a zebra eel uncoils and slithers out from under a rock. With more than 300 varieties of fish, The Nautilus Tropical Fish store brings the exotic to an otherwise humdrum street of antique shops in downtown Springfield.            

“What don’t I like about fish?” says Aaron Boals, the store’s owner. “I like that when they poop they don’t stink… that’s probably one of my favorite [things].” With so many fish tanks packed into his store, it’s no wonder Boals considers this an advantage. Boals, a resident of Springfield for his entire life grew up in the city’s downtown, but has since moved to the Hayden Bridge area.

Boals is proud of the historic district of Springfield which contains many early homes and historic buildings. He looks forward to the improvement of the downtown area. Springfield’s city hall is already supporting many projects for the downtown’s development, including the Millrace Restoration Project.

According to the website of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce, “After a decade of nearly no growth–the 1980s to the early 1990s–the pace and picture of the local economy has shifted dramatically.” Small businesses like Boals’ fish store have popped up in recent years and added to the diversity of Springfield’s downtown. Boals has been in the tropical fish business for over 18 years, but he only opened the Nautilus Tropical Fish store two years ago in Springfield, where he hopes to see his business succeed.

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Elementary students’ pictures at the Springfield Public Library.

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A zebra eel peeks out from under a rock at The Nautilus Tropical Fish store.

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The Wildish Community Theater hosted the jazz band Swing Shift and flautist Hubert Laws in a concert Friday.

 

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This mural depicts Springfield’s values of community, labor, industry, respect, dignity, and growth.

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Our Sewing Room gives the community a place to sew together.

 

 

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