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New Business Spotlight - Grooming business comes to you

September 04, 2010
  • Stash and Julie Nicodemus are owners of Dog-Gone Groomin, a mobile pet-grooming service based in Hagerstown. The business' van is equipped with a full-size tub with hot and cold water, a hydraulic grooming table to handle large dogs, soothing music for pets to enjoy and other amenities.
Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Name of business: Dog-Gone Groomin

Owners: Stash and Julie Nicodemus

Address: Business is a mobile pet-grooming service based in Hagerstown

Opening date: July 2010

Products and services: "Dog-Gone Groomin offers mobile pet grooming at your doorstep or office. We operate from a self-contained van, customized to provide complete grooming service for your pet. We offer a luxury bath and trim service with emphasis on the health, safety and comfort of your pet.

"Our portable salon is equipped with today's technological advances, including hot and cold water, heat and air conditioning, generator for all electrical needs, full-size tub, force dryers (no cage drying), hydraulic grooming table to easily handle larger breeds, soothing music for your pet to enjoy, and a clean and sterile environment."

Market area: Hagerstown and the surrounding area

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it? "We opened Dog-Gone Walkin, Professional Pet Sitters three years ago and decided to expand into grooming. We both completed a total of three courses at Hagerstown Community College, including Principles of Professional Pet Grooming, Professional Pet Grooming Practices Part I and Professional Pet Grooming Practices Part II, with more than 130 hours of course work to advance our grooming skills. In addition, we are both certified in pet CPR and pet first aid."

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Previous business experience: "We both have a lifelong love of animals and began pet sitting more than three years ago. Prior to pet sitting, we both worked in the service industry."

Number of employees: Two

Hours: Appointments are available Monday through Saturday

Phone number: 301-739-0867

Website: http://www.DogGoneGroomin.com

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