KALEVA — At simply 19 years outdated, Kaitlyn Weaver already has a whole lot of issues found out.
“I at all times form of knew that I needed to do one thing with animals and be my very own boss,” Weaver stated. “By way of having little jobs right here and there as a youngster, I didn’t actually like not being in management.”
That’s why Weaver says she determined to begin her personal enterprise — a pet grooming salon — in Kaleva.
“I suppose you possibly can say that’s what pushed me to have my very own enterprise, and simply the love that I’ve for animals,” she stated.
Named Barkin’ Bandit, after Weaver’s beloved household canine, the salon opened for enterprise roughly 5 months in the past at 9666 Jouppi Highway.
“We only recently needed to put my household canine down this previous yr, and his identify was Bandit and he and I had a very nice connection,” Weaver stated. “He was my greatest pal rising up — form of like an emotional assist canine — so I undoubtedly selected the identify primarily based off of him now not being with us.”
When requested what being a younger entrepreneur felt like, Weaver’s reply was “nerve-racking.”
“It’s undoubtedly been an enormous studying course of,” she stated. “It’s required speaking with lots of people that I wouldn’t have ever thought I might attain out to, however I’m actually having fun with simply studying about all the pieces after which having the ability to take what I’ve realized and share that with folks.”
Her favourite a part of being a canine groomer — other than the lovable pets — is how busy the work will be.
“You don’t actually get a break and I like that about it,” she stated. “We are able to’t simply sit down and have lunch such as you would with a traditional job. I suppose you possibly can say I just like the fast-paced atmosphere that comes with it.”
Since its opening, Weaver stated she has had her palms full grooming a few of the county’s largest canine.
“We cater extra to massive breed canine, corresponding to Nice Dane, Saint Bernards, Nice Pyrenees — that type of factor,” she stated. “We’ve taken in a whole lot of canine groomers have rejected in our space due to their measurement.”
Weaver, a lifelong Manistee-area resident, describes her enterprise as a “one-on-one groomery,” which she stated was an actual profit in constructing rapport with the animals.
“We’re form of extra of a relaxed, cool and picked up aspect of grooming,” she stated. “We wish to have only one canine there at a time so we are able to construct that bond along with your canine particularly. In the event you come right into a groomer and you’ve got canine throughout, your canine tends to get extra wired. ”
Weaver recommends bringing canine to a groomer for a easy brush and tub each month and says it is necessary for pet house owners to grasp that each canine takes to grooming in a different way.
“Each canine isn’t going to look the identical, even when they’re the identical breed, as a result of there’s some issues we are able to’t do on some canine that we are able to do with others simply due to canine habits (and) temperament,” she stated.
Go to Barkin’ Bandit on Fb for extra data, and name (231) 299-7177 or electronic mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.