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Meet Shada Ghatrehee of The Dog House of Frisco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shada Ghatrehee.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I have always loved all animals since I was a child. I now own four dogs and a horse. I thought long and hard about my career after graduating from UNT. I was a manager at my dad’s hair salons, then I realized I wanted to open my own business and since I have the love for animals, I went back to school for dog grooming. I fell in love with creating unique styles that I learn from managing a hair salon.

I originally was going to open a dog grooming, boarding and daycare but when I found this perfect building in historical old downtown Frisco, I immediately realized it was the ideal location for retail and dog grooming only. I have lived most of my life in Frisco and with my family. We are so proud how Frisco has developed over the years. My parents, my brother and I have all contributed to the purchase this commercial building to help me achieve my dream business.

As the city grows, and I continue to grow I will hopefully have multiple professional groomers who have the same passion and perfection I do for animals. I am so excited to see the whole entire Frisco grow, especially historical downtown Frisco. I am so proud to be part of all the new quaint businesses opening in downtown Frisco near my dog grooming shop. My ultimate goal is to make all my fur babies and their owners very happy with my service so that I become successful to donate part of my profit to help local dog shelters and network to help rehome rescue animals.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There will always be some ups and downs in this field of business. However, I have been extremely blessed that I have had a wonderful first year of opening. I have had a few struggles since opening. These include the building which is over 90 years old. The water pipe busted and then a month later my AC unit went out and then I had a client accidentally back into my building. It all happened maybe a few months after I opened the shop.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Dog House of Frisco – what should we know?
The Doghouse is a dog grooming facility which offers a small retail section. I’m not just the owner but I am also the groomer. I specialize in hand scissoring and hair dye.

A few things that set me apart from my competition is that I strive to give every client and dog the best experience. I treat every fur baby like my own no matter what condition they are in. At my shop, I work on one dog at a time, which means I am only appointment based so that dogs are not sitting in crates for hours. Typically dogs are out of the shop within one-two hours from when they have been dropped off. I also take pride in my shop. I decorate on holidays and keep the place as neat as possible. I am always adding new items and switching things around to make sure clients don’t see the same items every time they come it. It helps give the shop a home touch feeling.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe my honesty with clients is my biggest characteristic to my success. I try to help educate them on different cuts and styles for their 4 legged loved ones. I believe it’s important to also listen to what each and every client wants.

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