Animal Palace, a mobile pet grooming company based in Wellington, has opened a new, state-of-the art salon in the Kobosko’s Crossing shopping plaza at 9176 Forest Hill Blvd.
Longtime Wellington resident Joyce Gropper started her mobile pet grooming business in 2005, and within two years had four trucks operating seven days a week.
In 2012, the company opened a storefront in West Palm Beach, and when the chance arose to open a storefront in Wellington, Gropper jumped at the chance.
The salon operates daily for the convenience of pet owners’ busy schedules. The goal of Gropper’s pet spa is to not keep animals caged up for hours at a time by scheduling appointments. It does accept walk-ins; however, wait times are not guaranteed. An express service is also offered for clients who want their dogs to be in and out quickly.
The location also has a boutique that offers specialty shampoos and fragrances, flea and tick products, maintenance tools, and custom-made clothes, harnesses and collars. Animal Palace carries products that pet owners won’t find at other pet stores at reasonable prices, Gropper said.
At Animal Palace, clients can see the entire grooming process taking place via two bone-shaped windows, and cameras record every movement in the salon. The business caters to every dog’s needs, including older dogs and those with various disabilities, and also serves all breeds. “Big or small, we do them all… cats, too,” is Gropper’s mantra.
Normal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, but for a surcharge, after-hours grooming is available by appointment. For more info., visit www.animalpalacepetgrooming.com.
The grand opening for the Wellington salon will be Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is welcome for tours, and anyone’s favorite four-legged companion is welcome as well. Refreshments will be served for everyone, including pets. There will be a drawing for a free grooming and basket of grooming goodies.
Local foster organization Luv A Pet will be on hand that day with dogs and cats to adopt out. Any dog getting adopted out that day will get its nails clipped and a $10 off coupon toward a future grooming session at the salon.
For more information, call Gropper at (561) 383-5000.