Pet grooming business and boutique opening in West Lafayette – Coshocton Tribune
Haley Vickers wants to fulfill her dreams as a business owner to honor her late mother
WEST LAFAYETTE — Fulfilling her dreams and her late mother’s wishes of a better life for her children is leading a Newcomerstown native to open a new grooming and pet boutique.
Haley Vickers grew up around dogs and has had plenty of other pets, including a ferret, hedgehog and pig. She has always loved animals and that passion just took off about eight years ago, all leading to this new venture, All Paws on Deck Grooming.
“I honestly realized within the past year after watching so many people ask for a groomer that we really did not have as many local groomers as the community could support and that realization is what put my new business plans in motion. Me being me, I went in head strong and full force and made it happen,” Vickers said.
A lot of that drive came from growing up in a small village like Newcomerstown and being raised by a single mother who struggled to raise her children.
“Some people may not like small villages because everyone knows everyone, but for me it is the best place to be because of this reason. In times of need, people step up and do all they can. It is almost like one big family,” Vickers said.
It’s been tough since her mother died, but Vickers knows she’s looking down on her accomplishments, and smiling.
“I watched her struggle at times, and I knew that I wanted to persevere and fulfill my dreams so that I never had to go through that struggle in life. She was a fantastic mother even through all the trials,” Vickers said. “However, I always knew she wanted more for her children and that is why this new business venture is so important to me.”
Her best advice to anyone wanting to open their own business is to just do it.
“Even when things get tough keep striving for what you want. I once had someone tell me that ‘You are the only person standing in your way of achieving your goals.’ I’ve since lived by this,” Vickers said. “There comes a point in your life when you have to realize that saying no to yourself is not an option.”
Along with basic grooming services, Vickers said she’s collaborating with a dog trainer for basic obedience courses and a boutique will sell dog-related products from local vendors. One groomer has more than 20 years experience and another just a few years experience, and attended the vet assistance program at Mid-East Career and Technology Centers. Vickers hopes to add a cat groomer in the future.
“I want my clients to know that when they drop off their beloved pet we will go above and beyond your expectations,” Vickers said. “Another highlight we hope to offer soon is a pick-up/delivery service benefiting those that are unable to transport their pet for grooming services.”
A grand opening for All Paws on Deck Grooming will be held 4 to 8 p.m. April 1 and 8 a.m. to noon April 2 at 22560 Ohio 751, West Lafayette.
For more information, call 740-227-0105 or email [email protected] or find the business on Facebook. All Paws on Deck will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.