Hot dog! Pet Salon, a full-service groomer that offers standard breed cuts and creative styling for dogs and cats, opened on September 30 and held their grand “paw” opening earlier this month.
Owner Cristen Voeltz told the Forum this spring that the main reason for the move was lack of parking near his location on First Avenue North in downtown Fargo.
“Downtown has changed a lot since we started here. It’s great for restaurants, shopping and stuff, but it’s become quite difficult for people trying to get their dogs in and out,” Voeltz said.
Cristen Voeltz owns and operates the Hotdog! Pet lounge at 814 Center Ave. in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum
In addition to better parking, the new location also almost doubles the area of the indoor lounge. The additional space made it possible to add three self-service grooming stations, Voeltz said.
Hot dog! Pet Salon will provide pet owners with shampoo, conditioner, towels and other supplies.
“They can use anything. Leave the mess, and we’ll clean it up when they’re done,” she said.
Voeltz said self-service stations are meant to attract new customers.
“A lot of clients that we have (now) are like, ‘We want you to do that’, but I feel like it might open up opportunities for people who don’t want to make an appointment,” a- she declared.
Self-service stations will be available from Friday October 18. Hours of operation are 10 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The last customers will be accepted one hour before closing.
Voeltz said self-service stations were a way for her to grow her business. Until she can hire another groomer, Hotdog! Pet Salon is unable to accept new grooming clients.
A variety of cat and dog merchandise is on display at the Hotdog! Pet lounge located at 814 Center Ave. in Moorhead. David Samson / The Forum
Voeltz admits that she is “really picky” when it comes to hiring employees.
“We are really looking for the right person who takes real pride in their work,” she said.
A great team helped Voeltz develop Hotdog! Pet Salon in what it is today.
“They are all lovely people who are good with animals. I can trust them completely,” she said.