In the days leading up to its opening, Spring Burrell, colleagues and friends were at the new Ufuri Pet Salon location getting ready every evening until 1 a.m.
Now their hard work is over and the show is open at the former Advanced Computers location at 918 Pine Grove Ave.
“This will be our place for at least the next 15 years,” said Burrell, the owner of the salon.
This is the salon’s third move in the past seven years, previously to 414 Huron Avenue, downtown. and before that at 235 Huron Ave.
Burrell said she was told on September 5 that she had to leave 414 Huron Ave. before September 10.
Port Huron Planning Director David Haynes said a hazardous building label was put on the building because it was deemed unsafe until its ceiling could be repaired.
“The building needs to be repaired,” he said.
It’s an old plaster ceiling, “the old plaster from the turn of the century,” above the suspended ceiling, Haynes said. The ceiling brackets need to be repaired because someone could be injured by falling pieces, he said.
He believes the city’s building inspector has given the owner until September 30 to complete the repairs and that the building cannot be reopened until the repairs have been made.
Charles Ganim, owner of 414 Huron Ave., refuted the allegations and declined to comment further.
Burrell said she was unaware the ceiling was covered with a drop ceiling and that she had raised other construction issues in the past.
“Long story short, they never properly fixed it,” she said.
She said she found the new location the Sunday following the eviction notice and made an offer the following Wednesday. She’s been working on the space since before opening Tuesday.
The salon was still working on quirks on opening day, and Burrell said with every move she’s learned to handle things better.
She said the move was a “huge investment, more than I can ever explain”, and she spent around $ 17,000, draining her savings.
There is a loft above the living room that she hopes to renovate and rent and it was the idea that she is in charge of the building that sealed the deal, she said.
And this space is not connected to other buildings like the old space, so it stands out more and could attract more customers, she said.
There is an office space upstairs and in the bathroom there is a platform that older dogs can access more easily. The front of the building is filled with dog accessories like tags and collars and there are jars for treats.
The opening hours of the show are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday. The salon tries to keep prices the same, but it has taken a hit with the pandemic, Burrell said.
Of the three cats who called Ufuri home, Scout is at Burrell’s to watch his diet for health reasons. But Eleanor and Banjo both took the plunge with the living room. Banjo even has a new window seat in the new space.
Moving three times in seven years is difficult. But now this is it.
“We’re not going anywhere, this is our last move,” Burrell said.
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