LIMA — Danielle Thompson was stopped at a train when she noticed the future home of her business.
The building had been put up for lease that day.
Thompson, owner of Flying Fur Pet Salon, had always wanted her business to be on Eastown Road — she likes the atmosphere of it — and the building at 2150 Eastown Road offered her the perfect opportunity.
She moved the business from its previous location, 3200 Elida Road, this past week, and its first day open in the new place was Tuesday.
The space is bigger than her previous space and allows the company to expand what it offers. From grooming to some boarding, potentially daycare and more.
Thompson opened Flying Fur Pet Salon in October 2012 on Elida Road after operating the business out of her home before that.
Though she knows she took a chance opening the business outside of her home, she’s glad she did.
Now, her business is growing and she ran out of space in her old location, her customers were also asking for more from her.
“Lots of clients wanted boarding. They don’t trust their pets everywhere,” she said.
Thompson was afraid of dogs as a child and young woman until she volunteered at an animal shelter when she was 21 and “fell in love.”
Now, she loves seeing the different personalities of dogs, different breeds and likes what happens when she’s done grooming them.
“I like the transformation,” Thompson said. “It’s fun and it’s nice that a dog can come in scruffy and get back all clean.”
Thompson owns four dogs herself. One, her Shih Tzu Kylee, comes to work with her each day.
With more than 13 years of animal experience, including working as a veterinary technician, Thompson is proud of the customer service Flying Fur Pet Salon offers.
“To me these dogs, they’re all my pets,” she said. “I have a huge heart. I treat them all like they’re mine, not just another dog to groom.”
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