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  • Hello From The Pristine Pet in Charlotte, NC

    Hi,

    My name is Brittney, I'm 19, and I'm a new groomer-in-training.

    I'm taking my certification classes with Kathy (online) Groom-A-Dog. She's GREAT! I also live only 40 minutes away from her resident school, so I can visit from time to time.

    My mom has allowed me to transform our entire 1 car garage into my shop. It has lots of perks but also some challenges with heating right now.

    So far I've done really good getting my 'certification' dogs.

    This site is really cool. I plan to be a very active participant.

    Oh, and here's my website if you wanna take a sneak peak. (Mom made it for me)

    www.ThePristinePet.com

    Thanks!!

    Brittney

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    Welcome aboard! You'll have lots of fun here..

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    • #3
      Welcome! Glad to have ya! Love the name of your salon too.
      Mandy, Birdie, Evie, Willie and The Woo
      Check out my Blog at doggydivasdish.com

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      • #4
        Welcome! I had to post to say that your website is awesome. Very professional and upscale looking, I would definitely want to take my dog to you. Good luck with the new business!

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        • #5
          Greetings! Very nice site. Kudos to your mom! We wish you the best of luck in your new business!

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          • #6
            Nice job on your website, your prices are really reasonable, just make sure you are getting paid for all your work. Have fun with your new career, you'll love it.

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            • #7
              I agree with everyone else..the website is awesome!! Your mom seems very supportive...and talented too!! I have one question...how were you able to open a groom shop in a sub-division?....are you zoned to open a commercial business there? I'm very curious, because I am just starting out too...and would love to work from my home in the beginning, just to gain a good bit of experience without putting a bunch of money in to renting a space somewhere, but I know that zoning in my area would have a cow (and so would my neighbors) if I started an official groom shop in my home. Maybe the laws are different where you are, but here in Central Florida (my town) they are very strict. Let me know how you went about this. I have one more thing to ad...and that is...I wish I would have started this whole process at age 19!!! Good for you Girl!!!! I have 20 years on you...and I regret that I didn't do what I really and truly loved from the beginning.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by deberdoo View Post
                I agree with everyone else..the website is awesome!! ...and I regret that I didn't do what I really and truly loved from the beginning.
                Sorry for the delay in responding.
                First we checked with our Home Owners Association and coventants. I called first and said we wanted to groom dogs. Just a few a day. They said that was cool but adhear to the covenants, which stated:

                (p) Any business or trade, except that an Owner or occupant residing in a Unit may conduct business activities within the Unit so long
                as: (1) the existence or operation of the business activity is not apparent or detectable by sight, sound, or smell from outside the Unit;
                (ii) the business activity conforms to all zoning requirements for the Properties; (iii) the business activity does not involve regular
                visitation of the Unit by clients, customers, suppliers, or other business invitees or door-to-door solicitation of residents of the
                Properties; (iv) the business activity is consistent with the residential character of the Properties and does not constitute a nuisance, or
                a hazardous or offensive use, or threaten the security or safety of other residents of the Properties, as may be determined in the sole
                discretion of the Board, The foregoing shall not preclude occasional garage sales, moving sales, rummage sales or similar activities
                provided that such activities are not held on any one Unit more than once in any six-month period.
                The terms "business" and "trade," as used in this provision, shall be construed to have their ordinary, generally accepted meanings and shall include, without limitation, any occupation, work, or activity undertaken on an ongoing basis which involves the provision of
                goods or services to persons other than the provider's family and for which the provider receives a fee, compensation, or other form of consideration, regardless of whether: (i) such activity is engaged in full or part-time, (ii) such activity is intended to or does generate a profit, or (iii) a license is required.

                Since that was OK, we went to get the business name (DBA) and license. The business license required a Zoning Permit, which in this case was a "Home Occupation Permit". There are guidelines about how many people you can have (2 cars), hours of operation 7am - 9pm, I think, and some other minor requirements - OH, all business must be by appointment only, which is what we do anyway. Again, this is in Charlotte, NC.

                After all that - we were good to go. We've also told our neighbors and of course offered them discounts

                Check into it in your area.

                And Good Luck!

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