After working for different grooming companies, Katie Soistman’s aim for a few years had been constructing and working her personal grooming salon. Finally, her delight in her arduous work and devotion paid off. Summer season Meadows Pet Spa has been working efficiently for over 10 years in lovely rural Hampstead, Maryland as the primary pet “spa” and solely cage-free expertise in her county.
Katie began by renting a farmhouse that she might additionally groom out of, however she shortly outgrew the house. She then moved to a Fundamental Road retail house on the town and enterprise boomed. Just a few extra years of arduous work and saving, and she or he was in a position to purchase her personal farmhouse and property with an unfinished outbuilding which she started changing to the pet spa of her desires. Peaceable, quiet, immaculate, protected and picturesque, Summer season Meadows Pet Spa is already at capability with a full schedule of normal shoppers that she simply loves—and so they love her.
Diligently self-taught, Katie began out bathing as a youngster. When she was 11 years previous, she acquired her personal toy Poodle. She would work off her canine’s grooming prices by bathing for the groomers for 10 years whereas she accomplished her education.
Katie’s dedication to arduous work and saving enabled her to steadily transfer in the direction of her aim. She labored to transform her new residence’s outbuilding to a grooming salon, one room at a time, beginning with the foyer. The formerly-unfinished constructing turned the Summer season Meadows Pet Spa, which she named for her beloved Newfoundland, Summer season.
Now, at 33 years previous, Katie grooms solo with no different employees. She cherishes her clientele which she describes as “really superb.” There’s a ready listing for others in her space hoping for a gap. Everybody comes on a six-week or much less schedule.
“Having everybody on a schedule is so great,” Katie says, because it frees her to deal with the pets and her work.
“Once I bought the house, my store was an unfinished storage that I slowly transformed. It didn’t even have water! Now it’s a crisp and clear oasis that I welcome my shoppers to so proudly,” Katie continues. “Simply this yr, my latest challenge was including a courtyard for my shoppers to calm down in and wait for his or her pets in the event that they’d like. My work room is spacious and full of pure mild and I actually attempt to deal with the wellbeing of the pets in my care by providing a private hour devoted to solely them.”
Katie calls herself a “small canine specialist” and stopped taking any doodles years in the past, necessitated by the identical wrist points that plague many groomers. She gives “After Hours” service for these unable to attend, however expenses time and a half for her extra time.
Cat grooming in a separate a part of the constructing is one particular function of Summer season Meadows Pet Spa. Katie often reserves cat-exclusive days in her schedule. She had groomed cats earlier than, however lastly went to highschool to grasp the craft. Katie graduated from NCGI (the Nationwide Cat Groomers Institute) in March 2020, and have become a proud CFMG (Licensed Feline Grasp Groomer). She reviews that her shoppers inform her how arduous it’s to discover a good cat groomer. Her cat-owning shoppers are type, grateful, versatile, nice and good tippers.
Katie takes design severely. Her farmhouse on the identical property because the pet spa seems rather a lot like her store, full with considerate décor and solely choose items of furnishings. Katie loves high-quality antiques and is saving to open one other enterprise, this time once more on Fundamental Road—an Vintage Store. She works one weekend a month in the direction of constructing out that house, which she has already begun work on. Attending yard gross sales and flea markets are amongst her favourite pastimes.
Katie’s favourite facet of her work is her dedication to one-on-one service for each shopper. In true spa-like vogue, every pet shopper will get a heat towel from her towel hotter and has her full consideration for the complete time they’re collectively. She has no cages and has her shoppers “nicely skilled” for instant pickup upon completion of every groom. She retains to a six-hour day, grooming 5 to eight canines most.
Katie’s dedication to higher her personal craft consists of plans to develop into CPR and First Support licensed. She maintains a terrific rapport with fellow groomers in her space by internet hosting grooming get-togethers at her home the place they take pleasure in events by her pool. Native groomers come over to swim, get training and maintain lessons. Katie loves groomer training and often attends three commerce exhibits a yr, together with Groom Expo in Hershey, PA—shut sufficient that she will keep at residence.
Katie expresses that being a rural groomer has many rewards, together with a wonderful place to work and stay, nice shoppers and a extra relaxed way of life. ✂️