Marketplace: Canine Clips is clean, affordable salon
The founders of Canine Clips say they’ve designed their space to correct every problem they’ve seen in the dog grooming industry.
That begins in the front room where tinted glass keeps clients from seeing their owners before treatments are through and getting too excited.
The grooming area is spacious which helps clients stay calm. There’s hardly any barking, said founder Brent Haacke, adding that he might be quieter than his neighbor in the building on Landmark Drive next to Taco Bell.
Canine Clips uses a clipper vacuum to minimize hair on the ground and the drying room is completely separate so blowers aren’t making hair that is there airborne. The kennels are spacious and every client is referred to by name, Haacke said.
Many businesses suffer from high turnover, but at Canine Clips the groomers are all experienced and it’s mostly a family-run affair so clients are likely to see the same faces every time.
"It’s uncomfortable dropping a member of the family off to a strange place," he said. "We want to make them feel comfortable."
Salon manager Jordan Snell said he loves the location in Kimball Junction near the Walmart and the I-80 exit.
"We were able to design it differently and keep it a lot cleaner so there’s a lot less hair," Snell said.
The other lead groomer is Stephanie Snell, Jordan’s wife and Haacke’s daughter. The couple owned a successful grooming business for three years when Haacke convinced them to move locations and hand business operations over to him.
The Snells have more than 20 combined years of experience grooming. Haacke had a 35-year run in the banking industry. The financial crisis convinced him to change careers. As he pondered where he wanted to go next, he realized he’d spent so much time poring over business plans it would be fun to create one himself.
Enjoying the people one works with is also important, so he pitched the idea of joining his daughter’s enterprise. Their combined expertise gives Canine Clips the financial soundness of a franchise with the personality of a family business, he said.
Now the Snells focus all their attention on clients while Haacke balances the books and pays the bills.
Canine Clips occupies the unit formerly home to Bark City, which was perfect because the plumbing for pet baths was already in place, he said. It offered "do-it-yourself" washing facilities.
That trend is growing in popularity, Haacke said, so to compete his shop offers an "economy wash" which provides the same quality job as a self wash for only a few dollars more. Now there’s no reason to get yourself wet as well, he said.
But the specialty is traditional full grooming services with the option of styling, teeth brushing, paw waxing, nail trimming and other treatments. Haacke said the quality of service rivals any pet spa, and the price competes with every grooming business in town.
Next year Canine Clips foresees going mobile, too, he added.
Open since March, the shop hasn’t even gotten its marketing strategy into full gear but is increasing clientele monthly, Haacke said.
"I’m convinced we’ll do well," he said.
6531 Landmark Drive – Unit C
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