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Bark Place Grooming opens

Bark Place Grooming opened at 11416 Kingston Pike on Jan. 3, settled and had a grand-opening celebration in May.

“We’ve been welcomed. It’s been a good journey; we’ve not had any problems and everything has went fine with opening,” said Sherma Elliott, owner.

Elliott employs two groomers, Katina Leonard and Connie Westerman, who were previously groomers at SuperPetz.

“When SuperPetz closed in October, that’s how this was born: so that they would have a place to be,” Elliott said.

“They are such expert groomers, and they were my personal groomers. When they closed SuperPetz, we were just like ‘What are we going to do? They have no place to groom.’ Of course, they could have found a place, but we decided it would be a good business decision to open a small shop and have those two girls,” Elliott added.

“The response in Farragut has been phenomenal. Everybody has welcomed us.

“The mayor’s dog was our very first dog. He had been a client of Connie Westerman’s a good long time, so he was our first dog,” she added about Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III’s dog.

Westerman owned her own grooming shop, Groomingdales, in the same suite in which Bark Place is now housed.

Bark Place is does “complete grooming, bathing, anything that goes along with bathing, hair cuts, nails if that’s all that’s required … [and] a lot of specialty dogs,” Elliott said.

“And Katina is one of our groomers that does cats as well,” she added.

Bark Place does no overnight boarding or sedation.

“If anything like that is required, they would have to go to a veterinarian. We work with Dr. [Don] Lentz. He’s our veterinarian to be on call if there’s any kind of needs … a lot of times, we’ll see a little infection somewhere,” Elliott said.

“I’m an R-N and my husband has a home improvement business. So they’re the groomers and … I can appreciate looking at something that might not be right and asking for veterinary assistance,” she added.

“I guess what we want people to know is that we are animal lovers. I have done a great deal with rescue,” Elliott said.

Elliott’s dog, Millie, is a habit dog with Human Animal Bonding of East Tennessee.

“So I take her to St. Mary’s hospital once a week,” she added.

“We’re just animal people and that’s what got us, my husband and I, involved: doing rescue and just the love of animals,” Elliott said.

For more information, call 865-777-2275.


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