Opening of a new salon for animals in the south of Lyon
A shopping spree in downtown Lyon’s south led Amanda Carisse to open the city’s new pet grooming business.
Carisse, a former student of Livonia Churchill and a resident of Plymouth, was visiting the city several months ago and saw a vacant position at King Plaza open. After considering her options, she decided it was time to open her own business.
Prefurred Pet Salon opened in November at 22890 Pontiac Trail. The boutique offers an appointment grooming service for dogs and cats, as well as a walk-in nail service for pets.
The company is a natural fit for Carisse, who said she worked as a pet groomer for several years at a store in Plymouth. When the opportunity presented itself, she and others she had worked with decided to go into running a business themselves.
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âI had been looking to buy a store for a while and we found this place to rent,â she says. âWe had been looking for about a year and I happened to be shopping downtown with one of my girlfriends and saw it for rent and had to jump on it.
“I like the vibe of a small town.”
She said she discovered the location in late October and signed a lease in early November, opening the business at a very fast pace compared to others. The space was already set up for a grooming business – it previously owned the Royal Touch Pet Salon – so no major renovations were needed inside, although a renovation was needed.
Carisse also being a student at Schoolcraft College, trying to open a new business with a full academic course load made November difficult.
âWe were here for 16 hours a day trying to prepare this place,â she said.
The store offers a full service of pet grooming, from bathing to cleaning teeth, etc. The store has seen a lot of business since it opened, which Carisse attributes to its offerings and hours: The store is open on Sundays, a rarity in the pet grooming world, she said.
Megan Maiorana, one of the store’s groomers, said she especially enjoys working with dogs who may have emotional issues or who may be difficult to groom. She said she had a lot of practice and was very comfortable working with animals that some groomers might not accept.
âNot everyone has the same techniques for making it comfortable for the dog,â said Maiorana, a resident of Romulus. “I love doing this for them.”
Carisse said she decided to no longer be an employee and become an owner after several years in order to run a store as she saw fit.
âYou can take it like yours, do it exactly how you want it,â she says. “There are so many other factors to owning your own business.”
The boutique is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. While nail trimming can be done without an appointment, grooming requires an appointment. Customers can create one by calling the store at 248-787-5458.