LIMA – Danielle Thompson was stopped on a train when she noticed her future company headquarters.
The building had been leased that day.
Thompson, owner of Flying Fur Pet Salon, had always wanted her business to be located on Eastown Road – she loves the atmosphere there – and the building at 2150 Eastown Road offered her the perfect opportunity.
She moved the business from its old location, 3200 Elida Road, last week, and her first day of operation in the new location was Tuesday.
The space is larger than its previous space and allows the company to expand its offer. From grooming to boarding, possibly daycare and more.
Thompson opened Flying Fur Pet Salon in October 2012 on Elida Road after operating the business from her home previously.
Although she knows she took her chances by opening the business outside of her home, she is glad she did.
Now her business is growing and she ran out of space in her old location, her customers were asking for more too.
“A lot of customers wanted to get on board. They don’t trust their animals everywhere, ”she said.
Thompson was afraid of dogs as a child and young woman until she volunteered at an animal shelter at the age of 21 and “fell in love”.
Now she enjoys seeing the different personalities of dogs, different breeds and loves what happens when she is done grooming them.
“I love the transformation,” said Thompson. “It’s fun and it’s good that a dog can come in scruffy and come back clean.”
Thompson owns four dogs herself. One, her Shih Tzu Kylee, comes to work with her every day.
With over 13 years of experience in animals, including as a veterinary technician, Thompson takes pride in the customer service offered by Flying Fur Pet Salon.
“To me, these dogs are all my pets,” she said. “I have a huge heart. I treat them all as if they were my own, not just another dog to be groomed.
Flying Fur Pet Salon groomer Heather Predmore grooms Lola, a mini schnauzer, in the salon’s new location on Eastown Road.
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