Might 16—ASHLAND — Ashland Realtor Chris Hutchinson has added a brand new enterprise enterprise to his resume: canine grooming.
Though he is not bathing canine himself, he began Groomo, a cellular pet grooming firm serving the Tri-State and working by way of an app.
The concept: After downloading the app, potential shoppers can view the assorted packages obtainable and resolve if they need any add-ons. Primary selections are tub and brush, tub and trim or tub and groom and embrace hydro-massage, conditioner, brush out, blow out, ear cleansing and nails trimmed. There’s a selection of bandana or bow tie. Add-ons embrace paw therapeutic massage with moisturizer, facial (to eradicate eye and mouth stains), tooth brushing, gland expression and nails painted.
The worth of every package deal and add-on is listed; the ultimate worth is set after the groomer views a photograph despatched my the potential shopper; the groomer evaluates it and places it in a class, which reveals the pricing.
The Groomo van will arrive on the shopper’s home on the appointed time, take the canine to the van, carry out the companies and return it to the home.
“The van is a $115,000 tremendous decked-out, absolutely state-of-the-art medical grade facility with a generator and water provide, so we needn’t use the shoppers’ water or electrical energy,” Hutchinson mentioned.
The concept got here to him when he realized two different cellular groomers are not in enterprise, however once they have been, they have been booked up with a ready listing. Additionally, private expertise helped him understand how helpful the service is.
“I’ve a 100-plus-pound golden doodle and one other massive canine and it is powerful getting them to a groomer,” he mentioned. “There’s hair flying in all places.”
He additionally famous it is much less tense for the canine and it extra handy for some canine homeowners to simply deliver the canine to the door.
Your entire enterprise was “constituted of scratch,” with Hutchinson operating with the concept, creating the concept to make use of an app and making up the identify.
“It tells what the enterprise is in a brief, easy however enjoyable manner,” he mentioned.
At the moment, Groomo employs one lead groomer with years of expertise and one who’s in coaching. Hutchinson mentioned he interviewed 40 groomers earlier than deciding on one.
At the moment, Groomo covers shoppers from Ashland to Grayson to Greenup.
“We’re specializing in that triangle there,” he mentioned, noting he plans to get one other van and broaden territory. He mentioned he believes it should take 5 or 6 high-tech autos to maneuver into Barboursville, Huntington and Ironton. He hopes to franchise the enterprise in some unspecified time in the future.
The app is out there in The App Retailer and Google Play Retailer.