This article was published on Beauty News LA.com May 2007
I dread getting my hair cut the way some people hate going to the dentist. For some reason the word trim gets lost in translation and I end up with much less hair than I bargained for. These fears have been projected onto my little girl, Sassy. She is a precious apricot toy poodle who looks adorable with long curly locks, rather than the fancy dog show cut and bows. Until now, the only place Sassy has ever been groomed is at my local Petco. I came to the realization though that I would never go to a place like Supercuts, so why should she? That’s when I found Sparky’s, a pet salon that offers everything a pampered pet deserves.
Sparky’s is a refreshing change the minute you and your pet walk in the door. The salon is remarkably clean and fresh smelling, with all the grooming conducted in the open so owners have the option of observing. After an initial consultation with one of the “Trusted Expert” groomers to determine the best cut for Sassy, her knots were brushed out for over an hour before she received a pre-bath trim. Your pet is then bathed with a luxurious shampoo, and for an extra fee can include a pet massage by a trained therapist, a hot oil treatment and teeth brushing. After the bath, Sassy was then dried out, brushed again and styled with two precious bows.
Although I’m still not a believer in bows, I left them in for the rest of the day because every little girl deserves to look like a princess sometimes.
This article was run on 6/18/06 in the
Sparky’s, the first pet salon to ever open in Beverly Hills has now opened a second salon at 11960 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles and pets couldn’t be happier as everything they do is designed with the pet’s comfort and safety in mind.
To insure the best experience, the salon is bright, roomy and spotlessly clean, with a state-of-the-art air purification system that eliminates air-borne bacteria and flying pet hair. All grooming is done in plain view – if the customer likes, their pet need never leave their sight.
Employees, all animal owners themselves, have five years experience and must undergo a rigorous written and hands-on training program and have mastered gentle, confident animal care and handling, as well as grooming skills.
Sparky’s specialty is the special-needs pet: animals with physical limitations such as advanced age or blindness are handled with the greatest of care and love.
Although they prefer to schedule dogs and cats by appointment, they also welcome walk-ins. Door-to-door locations service is available within a three-mile radius for $15 round trip.
Consultation with the master groomer begins with an evaluation of the dog’s teeth and gums, which indicate a lot about a dog’s health. They have over six types of all natural shampoos including oatmeal, hypo-allergenic, flea, whitening and others all designed to create a healthy and beautiful dog.
A 15-minute deep muscle massage by licensed therapist, great for older or special-needs pets, is available for $15, a stimulating hot-oil treatment that invigorates the pets skin and coat for $20, and nail polish for that finishing touch is $5.
Dogs staying more than 4 hours are given bottled water and a brief walk.
A pet boutique carries a selection of clothes and accessories and the gourmet bakery features all natural pet treats including brownies, churros, cupcakes and even hamburger and French fries.
Owners will leave the salon with a picture of the pet at no charge which can then be put on a customized t-shirt, mouse pad, plate or mug right there at the shop.
Sparky’s original location is 9221 W. Olympic Blvd. in Beverly Hills. For information on services call 310-274-3647 or 310-571-3191
This article was on the front page of 12/4/05
| Posted by Semhar Debessai on Dec 4, 2005, 22:45
BEVERLY HILLS – The city’s pets could not be happier – or better looking – since the emergence of Beverly Hills’ first licensed pet grooming business, Sparky’s Pet Salon.
This 2-month-old business almost did not come to pass due to a longstanding city ordinance that prevented having a group of four or more dogs within 50 feet of a residence. “Well, everything in Beverly Hills is within 50 feet of a residence,” said Pat Clancy, one of the four owners and managing partner of Sparky’s.
Instead of giving up the dream, however, the partners took a shot at appealing to the City of Beverly Hills for permission to conduct their business in the city, in spite of the ordinance. With the counsel of Assistant City Attorney Robert Pittman, who spoke on behalf of the soon-to-be business and its value to the community, especially considering the number of Beverly Hills residents who own pets, Sparky’s was granted licensing.
It took two days to overturn a regulation that had kept the pet-servicing industry out of Beverly Hills for years. “This is a sweeping change, not just for us, but for other [pet] businesses,” said Clancy. When considering the possibility for the increased competition now that the ordinance is no longer an issue, Clancy responds with confidence that client loyalty will not falter because, simply, “We’re good at what we do.”
With all four partners possessing a business background, there has been an extra emphasis on providing an experience for the clients – both pets and humans – that exceeds expectations and the typical salon services. Located on Olympic, Sparky’s hopes to continue its tradition of firsts (1st city approved salon) and be the first choice of Beverly Hills residents and beyond when it comes to premier pet care.
This article was run in the magazine, September, 2005:
Sparky's, the first pet salon in Beverly Hills is opening its doors. Staffed by knowledgeable experts in the field, who are also animal owners, Sparky's concept is based on what they would want for their own pets: the best natural products, the most comfortable environment, stylists that can groom all breeds to AKC standards, but also create according to their client's needs and desires. Sparky's also provides everything from fashions to pastries and is a pleasant surprise for both pet and owner, reminding us of the close bond they both share. They are located at 9221 West Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills 90212.
Open 6 days a week. Call for an appointment (310) 274-3647.