Bear’s Choice

Jason Rollene, the store manager of Jensen’s Jewelers, in Pocatello, Idaho, has always been a strong supporter of the local zoo with its emphasis on exhibits of animals indigenous to the northern states.

As an active member of the town’s Chamber of Commerce, Rollene became aware of opportunities to help build a habitat and interpretive center for grizzly bear several years ago. Since 2007, the Pocatello store (Jensen’s Jewelers has 14 stores) has held annual events to help raise the estimated $1 million needed to get the three-quarter-acre center built. Construction of the facility is currently under way with the halfway completion mark set for spring next year. —Paul Holewa, Retail Details, Oct. 22, 2009