Pet Styling by Mimi
Pet Styling by Mimi is an all-breed dog and cat grooming business. I am the proud owner/pet stylist. I have been in business for over 4 years now in beautiful Boerne. Prior to that, I worked with Dr. Lang in Boerne for 2 years. I received my intensive training in Houston attending the Golden Paws grooming school. As a means of keeping up with the latest trends and grooming techniques, I attend an annual conference in Houston filled with seminars allowing me to maintain and even grow my skillset. I got into grooming by complete accident and pursued a career out of necessity. After giving birth to my beautiful daughter Emilie and staying home to raise her I found, despite my background in accounting, reentering the work force a challenge with few possibilities for reentry. After finally finding work as a server, I decided I had to forge a new path and reinvent myself. I had some history/training with dogs having completed a program as a master dog trainer in my native Canada. Concurrently I bought a Brittany to show, and while trying to figure out how to groom him, I realized I wanted to be a dog groomer. As a reflection of my dedication to this newfound career I drove 2 hours each morning and evening for months until I completed my courses and began to expand my experience working with a vast amount of breeds learning to groom and care for each wonderful pet that came my way. After working at PetSmart for a few years, I started to work specifically with veterinarians. By 2012, my family and I were lucky enough to move to Boerne where I have been a groomer for over 6 years.
When you open a dog-grooming salon or any kind of service business, it takes some time to establish a clientele. The first 6 months were a challenge but there is no other way around it. Once you throw yourself in the storm, you just have to wait until it passes. After persevering through that first year, through hard work and a continued devotion for both our clients and their pets, our pool of customers gradually grew from 4 clients to nearly 2700. Thanks to our devoted clientele, we remain in high demand.
I credit my success to not one thing but a conglomeration of many traits. My business administration background, sustained dedication to my career, and an innate belief that one can succeed if they simply believe in themselves. In business, you face a varied set of challenges and expectations from maintaining your revenue stream to treating your staff with the respect they deserve and supporting them the best you can. Everything from revenue to staff demands your utmost treat equally and with respect. I am proud that I own the business outright, I never borrowed money and constantly reinvested in the salon serving as a primary motivator to keep things afloat and offer the best service. We definitely had bumps along the way but you address those, make changes and just look forward.
One of those bumps I had to address was moving the salon in October of 2017. I was very happy with the location thanks to the cost-effective rent, but unfortunately, in April of 2017, due to the location being sold, I was forced to find a new home for our salon. Due to the nature of our business, I encountered resistance from proprietors who had an issue with noise levels and sanitation. It took a great deal of perseverance, having to find agents willing to help and a proprietor open to taking a chance on my salon. Thankfully, we found a willing proprietor and a price that was within the budget. Once moved in, I had to reimagine what this new location could be, reinvesting in order cosmetically enhance the location and tap into the beautiful bucolic feel that Boerne has to offer. When met with having to find a new location at a higher price, rather than close shop, I had to tap into my experience and durable sense of confidence to find a new home for our pets, one that I am extremely proud to call our new home. Thanks to our convenient location, we were able to expand our wonderful client base in order to serve not just Boerne but the greater Kendall county and beyond.
I never fail to remember, that every day for a period of time, I am responsible for these beautiful living creatures, family pets that are more than just pets, but part of my clients’ families. We go through a host of steps to ensure the safety of both pets and our dedicated staff. As a business owner, this is my livelihood and I cannot thank the greater Boerne community for entrusting me with their little family members.
What keeps me energized is the reactions of the clients when they see their pets and both client and pet enjoy the transformation and the benefits of grooming. It is those reactions that we live for and give us so much satisfaction. As a way of giving back to our community, we also work with rescue groups hoping to do our small part helping to unite our community members with some loveable pets looking for a home of their own.
With the arrival of Kady, a super talented and passionate groomer, we expect to grow our clientele base at our new location and continue our dedicated approach to every facet of this business. We look forward to many more years serving our wonderful community and thank you for the continued support and patronage.
Pet Styling by Mimi
1028 North Main