Plymouth-based pet grooming salon opens Granger location

NOW: Plymouth-based pet grooming salon opens Granger location

GRANGER, Ind.—Plymouth-based Gordon’s Grooming has opened a second location in Granger.

The pet grooming salon officially opened in Centennial Place shopping center on W. Cleveland Road on October 7 with eight furry friends on the roster for grooming services.

“It’s a good number for an opening day,” said owner Lara Latshaw, who added that currently at the original Plymouth location, upwards of 30 pets are groomed each day.

After growing up watching her grandparents groom pets, Latshaw returned to Michiana from Florida in the late 80s to purchase her grandparents’ home and reopen their grooming business, while also caring for them.

“We opened in Plymouth in July of 2013 in a 192 square foot building on my property,” Latshaw said. “After three years, we grew so much that we moved to a larger location right on US 30 across from Walmart in Plymouth.”

The 2,000 square Plymouth space proved not to be enough for the growing grooming service. Latshaw started work on the Granger location just a few months ago, partially because a lot of her groomers live in the area.

Latshaw with her dog, Bernard.

“I started off just coming up here, driving around and looking for places to lease. I had been in Centennial Place before and think it’s very welcoming and very cute and a good place with a variety of businesses and services available,” Latshaw said.

Two weeks ago, Latshaw started filling the space with furniture, tools and pet supplies.

Latshaw says her salon is the only A.K.C. SAFE Grooming Certified salon in northern Indiana, which appears on A.K.C.’s searchable marketplace.

Additionally, Latshaw is one of a small number of Nationally Certified Master Groomers in the state of Indiana. Latshaw’s employees are all working on continuing education courses to attain the title as well.

The new salon on Cleveland Road offers grooming services for cats and dogs as well as retail items like food, treats and pet accessories.

“I’m careful about only bringing in products that I’d give to my own pets,” Latshaw said.

One of the key services Latshaw explains is the use of her new Thera-Clean Microbubbles tool for deep scrubbing pets.

“The treatment is good for dogs with allergies or dogs that have been ‘skunked,’” Latshaw said.

Latshaw is also working with next-door neighbor Gigi’s Cupcakes to create “pupcakes” that will be available at the register.

Since 2013, Latshaw has taught Pet Tech CPR and First Aid classes. She regularly travels around the country to teach the course that she will soon offer at the new Granger location.

“It’s a four-hour class that involves lecture, hands on practice with stuffed dogs, a discussion and a PowerPoint,” Latshaw said. “It’s very beneficial knowledge to have in case you have an emergency and you need it.”

However, while important knowledge, Latshaw says that pet CPR and first aid should never replace veterinarian care.

A grand opening celebration is set to be held on November 9 with special promotions and treats for customers.

Currently, the Granger location is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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