Salon on Wheels
Who ever heard of a beauty parlor that travels? Imagine if your local salon came to your home in a van, parked in your driveway, and gave you a cut, style, and even a pedicure right there in the van. That’s what we call mobile salon service. That being said, Linda Ferraro runs a salon called Nose to Toes, which caters exclusively to the grooming needs of dogs. Taking your dog to the groomer no longer needs to be a stressful experience thanks to her custom-built, high-tech grooming van. Linda is able to provide all of the standard services that are available at a shop because her van is completely self-contained and contains everything necessary for a full-service groomer.
Linda holds a qualification in the field of dog grooming. After graduating from the Connecticut School of Dog Grooming in North Haven, which she attended for her education, she went on to work there as an instructor. Since she wanted to launch Noes to Toes, she left her previous position about a year ago. Todd, Linda’s husband, fashioned for her a mobile beauty parlor that she can take with her. He took a Chevy Express van and outfitted it with everything she would require in a grooming shop, but he managed to fit everything into a relatively small space. In addition to a grooming table and tub, there is an ample supply of clean water, a waste water tank, a dryer, and a generator to power everything. The van does not need to be hooked up to the client’s water supply or electricity, and it does not leave a mess of dirty water in the driveway after it has been there.
Because the van has been such a huge hit, Todd decided to launch his own business and specialize in the customization of vans and trailers. The customized vans can be used for a variety of purposes in addition to providing services for dog groomers. You can reach Todd at Connecticut Custom Conversions by dialing (860) 550-5746 or visiting their website (www.ctconversions.com) for additional details regarding customized vans.
Nose to Toes is a mobile grooming service that offers the following services in addition to the convenience of coming to your home:
• Bath with a Sterile Wash Cloth
• Trim to Breed Standard or Customer’s Choice
• Rid Hair on Pads of Feet
• Nail Clipping
• Ear Cleaning
• Customer’s Choice of a treat; Dog Biscuit, Bandana or Bow(s)
• Flea Dip
• Skin Treatments
• Shave Downs
• FURminating (Shed-Less Treatment; Reduces Shedding)
• Nail Painting, “For Special Occasions”
Having a groomer come to your home saves time and reduces stress for both you and your pet. The amount of time you save is roughly equivalent to the amount of time you would spend at a traditional groomer. In addition, your dog will be transported in the van by themselves, or if you prefer, they can travel with up to one other dog at the same time.
Simply letting your dog out the back door is all that is required of him once he has been groomed and is prepared to return home. After that, the van is thoroughly disinfected, and it is time to move on to the next customer’s residence. Each canine customer is greeted with a spotless van and given a washcloth and towel that have been thoroughly sterilized before their arrival.
Nose to Toes currently provides services in Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Terryville, Plymouth, Berlin, Wethersfield Farmington, Avon, West Hartford, Southington, Cheshire, Hamden, Rocky Hill, and other nearby communities. Visit www.nosetotoes.net or give them a call at (860) 582 7855 to find out if they offer their services in your area.