Mobile dog groomer comes off the road, settles in Stevensville

After 11 years on the road, Diana Cotter was ready for a fixed location for her business. Downtown Pet Grooming opened its doors Nov. 1 at 5720 St. Joseph Ave. in downtown Stevensville.

After earning her grooming certification in 2006, Cotter went into business with a mobile grooming van. As her business grew she was able to buy a better van and expand the region she served. Eleven years later she is ready to settle her business in one place and chose the 450-square-foot space that came with an $8,500.00 investment.

She made the move with the assistance of the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance.

She says last year's winter weather and the volatility of gas prices were two of the determining factors in her decision to take her business off the road. She also wants the option of more time with her own four dogs--two mini dachshunds, a black lab mix, and a chocolate lab mix.  

Many of her previous customers now come to her, though those the farthest away are making other arrangements for dog grooming.

Cotter says the fact that she only grooms one dog at a time is something that many dog owners appreciate, especially if their dog might not like crossing the path of another canine.

"I don't take more than one dog at a time like some groomers do," Cotter says. "It's way too chaotic."

A full day for her would be taking in four to five dogs, most getting a full grooming that lasts about 90 minutes. "With my service you get everything," Cotter says. "I don't charge a la carte."

She provides a package of canine grooming that includes nail clipping, haircuts, shampooing and more. And she wants customers to know their dogs will be groomed in a sanitary, safe, and loving environment.

Downtown Pet Grooming is open Tuesday through Saturday by appointment only.

Source: Diana Cotter, Downtown Pet Grooming
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