Our Story


Our Story


Harry Gross in 1944, operating out of his house on the site of the East Sprague store. Harry was a natural promoter. This and his desire to grow his business led him to start selling pets and pet supplies along with the traditional lawn and garden products. 

In 1946, Ken Hester Sr., with his wife Frieda and two young sons, moved to Spokane from Seattle to pursue a career with a local seed company. They loved Spokane and in 1954 Hester purchased Northwest Seed & Pet. In the early 70’s Hester’s two sons joined the family business and changed the name to Northwest Seed & Pet. In 1979, Hester, Sr. sold the business to his sons. The brothers soon decided to expand the business by adding a second location on North Division in 1983. After two successful years they doubled the size of the North Division store!  In 1978, Bob Mauk started to work at Northwest Seed & Pet and in April of 2003 he had an opportunity to purchase the business from the Hester brothers. 

Northwest Seed & Pet has enjoyed 77 years in business. Mauk says, “We know what works in the yards, gardens and ponds of the Inland Northwest.” Bob recently completed several indoor remodeling projects in the tropical fish and pet areas.  Bring in your questions or just stop in and explore, you’ll be amazed at the variety and selection. From indoor and outdoor plants …tropical fish to Bat houses …locally grown gourmet popcorn to Huckleberry syrup and jams, Northwest Seed & Pet has it all.