RC pet groomer chose business site wisely
Growing up in Estancia, Kymberlee Lopez was always around animals.
“I grew up with horses, rodeoing, all kinds of animals,” she said. “I love animals. That’s why I got into this.”
“This” is the pet grooming business, specifically the Angels and Outlaws Pet Grooming shop in Rio Communities.
Lopez moved to Los Chavez when she got married about nine years ago, and for a long time she knew exactly where she wanted to located her shop.
“I had my eye on this building for about five years,” she said. “I asked Ron Gentry (the owner) to let me know if it ever became available. The previous occupant’s lease ran out about a year-and-a-half ago and he gave me a call.”
Why that particular building in Rio Communities?
“It’s right on the way to the golf course,” she said. “People can drop the dog off, go play golf, and pick the dog up on the way home.”
That strategy has paid off.
“It has really taken off, even more than we expected in this economy,” she said. “In just a year-and-a-half I have over 350 clients.”
It’s been so successful, she said, that she and her husband bought a house and moved to Rio Communities.
To prepare herself for this career, about three years ago Lopez attended the Albuquerque Grooming Academy, which she said is one of only two schools in the country that train and certify pet groomers (the other is in Florida).
“I had heard that eventually groomers would need to be certified,” she said, “so I decided to go ahead and get that out of the way now. But that’s what sets me apart — I’m certified.”
Lopez works by appointment only, and doesn’t have regular business hours.
“I don’t book more than six dogs a day,” she said, “and I can get a dog out in about two hours at the most, so the dog doesn’t have to sit in a cage all day waiting its turn. I don’t like having to keep them in a cage for very long.”
Lopez offers a full range of grooming services and can handle dogs of all sizes.
“My husband helps me with the big dogs,” she said.
The size differential inspired the shop’s name, Lopez said.
“The big dogs are the angels and the little ones are the outlaws,” she said.
In addition to grooming services, the shop offers many pet products, including a line of clothing and apparel, collars and leashes, flea and tick products and food.
Lopez only uses all-natural products, she said.
She also saves all the dog hair she shaves off and donates it to be used as filler in the collars used to soak up oil spills like the one in the Gulf of Mexico.
Lopez offers discounts to members of the Rio Communities Association and some organizations in the area.
Angels and Outlaws Pet Grooming is located at 304 Rio Communities Blvd, just north of the center.
Lopez can be reached at 505-264-6516.
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