Tyra’s Pooch Parlor moves to larger storefront, adds dog park
FRENCHVILLE, Maine — In a time when many businesses are reducing hours or shutting their doors completely, one Frenchville dog grooming operation has expanded services.
Tyra’s Pooch Parlor moved storefronts to a larger building to accommodate the business’ growth, which now includes a fenced-in outdoor dog park, the only dog park in the St. John Valley.
“I changed locations for better parking, convenience and much more space for myself, employees and customers,” proprietor Tyra Michaud said.
Michaud purchased the building located at 38 U.S. Route 1 in Frenchville with her own money, earned from the success of her business, which was previously located on Pelletier Road.
Last year Tyra’s Pooch Parlor was awarded a Micro Enterprise Grant from the Community Development Block Grant Program in the amount of $50,000 to help cover the cost of the dog park and renovations to the new storefront, a former automotive garage owned by Gallant Raymond.
Michaud, who graduated valedictorian of her class from Wisdom Middle-High School in 2015, followed her dreams and became a certified canine cosmetologist, commonly known as a dog groomer.
Tyra’s Pooch Parlor offers the typical grooming needs for dogs as well as cats, such as nail care, bathing, brushing, drying, haircuts and ear cleanings, with an added bonus Michaud described as “making them look cute.”
The business also sells pet products such as quality foods, toys, leashes, collars and shampoos.
In addition to the dog park, Michaud has added a self-wash station, hydrotherapy bath tub, and more storefront merchandise.
“The dog park is open to the public once they sign a release form, free for anyone to use at any time,” Michaud said.
The Pooch Parlor employs two full-time staff members who see anywhere from 70 to 90 dogs per week for grooming treatments.
Michaud celebrated the opening of her new storefront with a Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday.
“I am very blessed to have such a wonderful clientele that has followed me on my journey to where I am now. I would not have been able to do this without the love and support from my community, friends and family,” Michaud said.