CLARKFIELD - At just 20 years old, Amy Schlenner of Clarkfield is running her own business.
With the help of her parents, Schlenner, a Dawson/Boyd High School graduate, opened Pawlicious, a pet grooming business in downtown Clarkfield, near the Friendship Cafe and Sparkle Car Wash on April 2.
"I just kind of went with it I guess," Schlenner said about starting Pawlicious. "I always wanted to do something with animals. There's not a whole lot you can do with animals around this area and I just wanted to do something with dogs."
Photo by Cindy Votruba
Amy Schlenner, posing with her own dog, Marley, recently started her own pet grooming business, Pawlicious, in downtown Clarkfield.
Schlenner had worked as a certified nursing assistant before pursuing her own business. She took online classes through Animal Behavioral College to learn more about getting into the field.
But she's been used to being around animals all her life.
"I've been notorious for bringing animals home," Schlenner said.
The name Pawlicious just "came to her," Schlenner said, and the building's hot pink interior is based on her favorite color.
Her father, who has a construction business, helped her redo the inside of the building, which used to be a floral shop.
"My parents helped a lot," she said. The building was ready to go in two weeks' time, she said. "They're very supportive in starting my own business."
She had even pre-ordered all her business items before she even got the building, Schlenner said.
At Pawlicious, Schlenner does nail trimming, teeth brushing and ear cleaning.
"I also do full grooms, and I also do training from puppies to disobedient dogs," Schlenner said.
"The dog training is all done in-home," Schlenner said, adding that she'll go to the dog owner's house and is already training a few dogs.
Schlenner had an open house on April 18 and said there were about 150 people in attendance.
"I got a lot of new people I never knew before too," Schlenner said.