Jun. 7—LIMA — Top Shelf Grooming, LLC has opened for business at 1041 Shawnee Road.
The business is owned by Angela Brissey who has been grooming pets in the area for eight years. Brissey is excited to own her own grooming business.
"I love what I do. I'm living the dream. Can't beat that," she said.
Brissey worked her way up in the grooming business.
"I ran the Petco grooming salon out on Allentown Road the past five years and now I'm going out on my own," Brissey said.
Owning her own grooming business is something she's considered for years.
"I was working retail at Walmart years ago and I never had the heart for that. I decided I wanted to work with animals," she said. "I did horses when I was younger and then I got into a bather-brusher position."
The bather-brusher position allowed her to learn about grooming.
"That's the entry-level position, doing the prep work for the groomers and then you learn how to do the other stuff," she said.
The grand opening of Top Shelf Grooming was on Monday, complete with a Lima Allen County Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting, but she's been open for about a week now and is booked solid for a couple of more weeks.
The cost to groom a dog varies.
"I usually give individualized quotes until I get a price point, but it's pretty comparable to where I came from (Petco). If you were used to those prices, then I will honor those prices," she said.
Dogs are not her only clients. She can groom cats and also offers nail trims for rabbits and guinea pigs.
Her ultimate goal?
"I'd like to pursue my master grooming certificate so that I can certify other groomers. I have been teaching other groomers around here, so I would like to be able to teach and run a grooming academy as well as a grooming salon and have a gourmet doggy bakery as well," Brissey said.
If you would like to make an appointment, you can call her at 419-860-8126.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.