GORGEOUS view of the outside!
Meet the tiny shop of Kathy Arzt Padgett, Sassy Suds Pet Salon located in Perry, Georgia.
Originally from Colorado Kathy relocated to Perry with her now ex-huband (military) and stayed after her divorce. (What a surprise! I am a former military spouse as well).
While talking to her we found out that we had both worked for the same shop prior to opening our own shops and that the time spent in that "little shop of horrors", as I like to call it, sent us both in the direction of opening our own places. In fact we have an awful lot in common! OH the stories we shared about our time there. "It's really sad how both of us put up with that place because we needed the job" Kathy said when we were discussing it. I replied "Yep but we are both stronger because of it." Crazy how it worked out. We are both still getting better and better and she is no longer in the grooming field at all.
Her life took a tragic turn about 12 years ago when her daughter was killed in a car wreck. After the things that happened to her once she returned to her job she knew she could not continue to work there and went into business for herself.
Her husband is a general contractor who left his job to bathe for her she was so busy and he built her shop, which measured all of 15'x10' out of a metal storage shed. It has since morphed into the building they are in now which he built from the ground up to her specifications.
Kathy said " We knew we needed a bigger building....we priced the "sheds", but for the size we wanted, it would have been over $10k and then we would have had to have finished it. The walls in the sheds were only 7', with 24" studs and the floor felt springy to me. Our final cost for the build was about $7500. We did build it on skids, like the portable buildings, so it could be moved. Our shop is right in town, in a residential area. Our clients love the environment of our shop. My overhead as far as utilities, rent, and insurance is very minimal, so it allows me to spend more on quality products and equipment. We do groom all sizes and have all of our clients on at least an 8 week rotation. I absolutely wish I would have done it sooner. I couldn't be happier with our business as a whole." her current shop is 12'x32', so 384 Sq Feet. My front room including reception and housing for finished pets is about that big!!!!
Lovely grooming area with everything neatly stored which is critical in tiny spaces!
Lots of room to house pets safely and comfortably! Note the central vac system!!!!
Unfortunately she has been ill this year and being tiny has its advantages. "I've been back and forth between doctor after doctor since November dealing with a serious health scare. I'll get biopsy results next Friday. Another plus of being tiny is that I've been able to shut down when I've needed to and shuffle clients around."
"Our clients love the environment of our shop. My overhead as far as utilities, rent, and insurance is very minimal, so it allows me to spend more on quality products and equipment. We do groom all sizes and have all of our clients on at least an 8 week rotation. I absolutely wish I would have done it sooner. I couldn't be happier with our business as a whole."
I agree that being tiny has it's advantages! I am currently working injured myself (ribs, pelvis and kidney injury due to a bicycle fall - don't ask!) and cannot move anyone around nor can I AFFORD to close due to the size of my shop and the overhead. Being tiny really does have its advantages!
Even a full sized tub fits in her space!!!
Kathy has created a warm and inviting space for herself and her clients. I am planning on stopping in and saying HI! the next time I am in the area. She lives about an hour from me. So fun to see her enjoying her space and her career so much after going through everything she has been through.
A weaker person would have folded but she picked herself up and kept on keeping on.
Staying tiny helps her stay focused and grounded as well as allowing her do what she enjoys most in this world, which is taking care of other people's pets as if they were hers in a place that feels like home! That s a goal I think many of us have for ourselves and Kathy is living it!
Next up?? A small salon from across the pond. SHHHHH It's a secret!!!!