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Paw Spa Groomery offers individual care for your pets

Alissa Hare runs the Paw Spa Groomery out of her home in New Richmond, but has been a pet groomer for the last 18 years. Jordan Willi / RiverTown Multimedia

New Richmond resident Allisa Hare has been a pet groomer for the last 18 years and has owned a grooming business in New Brighton, Minn., for the last 13 years. However, she has had a dream of working with animals closer to home, which is why she opened the Paw Spa Groomery at her home on Fox Way.

"I made the move to have a business out of my house because I want to be in my own community. And there is a need for more groomers in town," Hare said. "When I was first trying to find a place to open in town, I couldn't find anything that was cheap enough for me to be able to afford the rent. But then my husband suggested that I run it out of our garage and just do it at home. So that is what I did."

The Paw Spa Groomery (329 Fox Way) is now open full time — by appointment — six days a week, except for Sunday. The spa offers full grooming services to both dogs and cats and has no size restrictions. Hare said she is currently looking for new clients to add to her current roster of 60 or so regulars.

"I was going to college and chose this path instead. I absolutely love it," Hare said. "I was grooming a couple years before I bought the business I was working at in the Cities. It is a good career. It is fun and rewarding."

Hare works with 15-20 clients a week and can usually fit in five to six animals a day. Each grooming session lasts from an hour to two hours depending on the size of the animal and the amount of hair.

"Everything is very personalized and I only work with one dog at a time," Hare said. "It is quiet, which is different than my other shop. There are three of us there, so it can be loud and there is a lot going on. Here, it is just very calm, quiet and very individualized, which I like."

The Paw Spa Groomery can be found on Facebook and appointments can be made by calling 715-246-4044.

"I'm looking forward to meeting everybody. We've been out here 15 years, so I know a lot of people and I'm just happy to be working in my own community. It has been my goal for about three years to work in my community," Hare said. "When I put my mind to something it usually happens."

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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