BILOXI, Mississippi (WLOX) – Despite the pandemic, over the past year new businesses have opened in southern Mississippi, and one of them is a new dog grooming business in Biloxi.
Wags N Swag in Biloxi opened their pet grooming business in November 2020 and is still going strong. Owners Al Jackson and Ebony Moore first started raising bulldogs in their home for a year, but since then they’ve turned their love for dogs into a business.
“Breeding was our first priority,” said Moore. “With so many dogs in the house, all these furry babies, we were like, ‘Hey, we have to learn how to cut them ourselves’, once I learned how to cut them, it became fun. and something I was proud to do. “
Business owners have reported being self-taught with no experience, which makes them more proud of their accomplishments.
“I believe we’re the first black-owned dog grooming company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast because I’ve never heard of it, so I’m super proud of us,” said Jackson.
Moore also added, “Since we weren’t both former business owners and didn’t come from a background of business owners, it’s really exciting to bring the two of us together. “
The owners weren’t sure what to expect from the pandemic, but they both put all their blood, sweat and tears into the business.
“I had no idea what the whole pandemic was going to be at the time we were planning to open up,” Jackson said. “Now that we’ve opened up during a pandemic, it’s making a big difference. People are not financially stable, times are tough right now.
While still strong, business is still different due to the pandemic.
“We have high end products here, we’ve learned that people just can’t afford to buy what they want because of the pandemic,” Moore said. “Socially, it’s different too. We would like to have an overflow of customers here, instead of two at a time due to social distancing. “
The owners explained that they are happy to say that they have broken all records and believe that they are a good example to others.
“I want to push the younger generation to the most positive path,” Jackson said. “I want to show them that you don’t have to look to negative things to get by. There are more positive things you can do.
Moore also added, “Being African American dog groomers is so rare along the Gulf Coast. I’m very happy to be able to pass this on to my younger generation and let them know that you can think outside the box. You can try something different than what you are comfortable with.
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