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Julie and Bob Carter moved to Kahoka full time. They had been back and forth between Mark Tree, Arkansas and Kahoka for the last two years. Last spring, they decided to permanently move here to be close to Julie’s parents.
“I graduated from Clark County in 1981 and last spring we decided to come back home to be near my parents”, said Julie.
The couple closed her successful grooming business of seven plus years when they moved north.
The Carters had not planned on starting another grooming business when they relocated to Kahoka.
“I just agreed to help a couple of neighbors out by grooming their dogs and it kind of grew from that.” Julie stated, “When this building (on the westside of the square in Kahoka) became available, we decided to open The Paw Spa Grooming Salon.”
The Carters have several of their own dogs. A couple of bad experiences getting their own family dogs groomed prompted Julie to look into grooming school.
“I got the training to take care of our dogs and the business grew from there. I didn’t want other pet owners to have the bad experiences that we did,” Said Julie.
The shop is open by appointment only.
“We want to keep this business small so we can give each customer our undivided attention,” commented Bob. “That’s were I come in. I answer the phone and take care of those things so Julie can focus on the dog. I also help hold the dogs and pet and soothe them if they are anxious.”
“We want to treat our customers the way we want our dogs treated,” stated Julie, “Pets are members of the family and that is how we treat them.”
They offer a variety of full grooming services for dogs and will pick up and deliver if needed.
The Carters are happy to have settled in a smaller community and are excited to be part of the small businesses here in Kahoka.
“We are hoping that people will shop the other businesses while they are waiting for their dog to be done,” said Bob.
“We hope that having another business in town will encourage people to shop local,” added Julie.