EAST LANSING, Mich. — A new business is coming to East Lansing next month that will offer services like Dead Sea mud baths, hydrating blueberry facials, deep conditioning treatments, and blowouts… for dogs.
The 778 square foot space at 1306 East Michigan Ave. once housed the Gillespie Group’s Midtown Leasing Office. Then it sat vacant for about six months, and now it will be PawSnickety Pet Salon.
“PawSnickety Pet Salon – my mom actually made it up for me,” owner Melissa Porlick said. “I’m very particular. I’m very picky. I take my time. For me, everything has to be perfect, which is sometimes a bit too much, but I’m a PawSnickety person, so I wanted a PawSnickety salon.”
“We love adding tenants to our buildings that serve the community,” said Megan Weber, leasing and business development manager for the Gillespie Group. “With the increase in the number of animals, even in our residential units, we know there is a demand there that people need to groom their pets.
A quick Google search found only two other pet groomers in the 48823 zip code, but Gillespie Group says nearly half of its East Lansing and downtown Lansing tenants have at least one. pet.
“We knew it was a perfect fit because we heard it from our residents,” Weber said. “Asking different businesses, community members – when a dog groomer approached us, we were super excited and acted quickly.”
According to data from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the number of pets adopted from shelters and rescues in Ingham and Clinton counties increased by about 400 pets in 2020. to 2021.
“Right now the problem with dog grooming is like – it’s a national problem,” Porlick said. “Across America, honestly, there’s been a shortage of groomers since COVID…a lot of groomers have struggled to get back to work.”
Porlick is 24 and has been grooming dogs for six years.
“I started making my own dogs,” Porlick said. “I apprenticed with someone and then went to grooming school. I worked at a few salons and really wanted to do things my way.”
The goal is for PawSnickety to open in early October, Wednesday through Sunday, though Porlick said it’s already booked for the first half of the month.
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