My friend Liz sent me a note letting me know that there seemed to be a new business—a dog groomer with a self-serve angle—moving in on Main Street down by Aubuchon. She told me to check it out, so I did.
I parked on Main and saw a man who looked like a contractor standing outside the spot where Bon Marche used to be located. I commented on it being a new business and he told me it was his wife's. I promptly introduced myself, shook his hand, and welcomed Robert McCart to Maynard.
Robert told me that he and his wife have been long time Sudbury residents and that his wife has been running a dog grooming business from their home. I asked him what made him decide on that location. He said it seemed like it was just what they needed and that they had been planning on opening a shop outside of their home. When I asked him what brought him to Maynard, he said, "I've always liked Maynard—pretty little town, and it just seems to be getting better." Of course that made the Maynard cheerleader in me smile, but then he said something that I didn't expect. He said, "I'm good friends with the guy that owns the Fine Arts Theater." When I told him that I know Steve Trumble he continued, "He told me that I should bring my business here because Maynard is really up and coming." (Well done Mr. Trumble, well done.)
I was invited into the shop to take a look around. Oh, it's darling. It's like a little dog salon. It's bright and clean. Stone-tiled columns topped with dog-bone shapes add whimsical elegance to the space. The tubs of each self-serve station have doors on them—no lifting that one-hundred-pound lab. And they're raised off the floor, so you won't break your back leaning over to clean. I was told that dryers will be in the corner of each station, ready to be used as soon as your pet is done with their bath.
Scrub-a-Dog plans to open its doors for visits and introductions—an open house, really— on Friday, April 10th. Please join me in welcoming this business that, given the dog-loving community we have, is sure to be a big hit!