Salon on Wheels
By Tamara Sevigny
Whoever heard of a salon on wheels? Imagine your salon showing up in a van at your house, parking in your driveway, and giving you a cut and style, even a pedicure right there in the van. Well, that’s exactly what Linda Ferraro does, but her salon, Nose to Toes, is only for canines. Her state-of-the-art, custom grooming van takes the stress out of going to the groomer for your dog. Her self-contained van has everything needed for a full-service groomer, allowing Linda to offer all the usual services offered by a shop.
Linda is a certified dog groomer. She studied at the Connecticut School of Dog Grooming in North Haven and taught there as an instructor after graduating. She left there about a year ago to start Noes to Toes. Linda’s husband, Todd built her a grooming salon on wheels. He took a Chevy Express van and customized it with everything she would need in a grooming shop, but in a compact space. There is a grooming table and tub, plenty of freshwaters, a wastewater tank, a dryer, and a generator to run it all. The van doesn’t require a hook up to the client’s water supply or electricity, nor does it leave behind dirty water in the driveway.
The success of the van is so great that Todd started his own company customizing vans and trailers. The customized vans are not just for dog groomers, but for other needs as well. For more information about custom vans, you can call Todd at Connecticut Custom Conversions at 860-550-5746 or visit www.ctconversions.com.
In addition to the convenience of coming to your home, Nose to Toes offers these grooming services:
• 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”
There is less stress on the pet and the owner having a groomer come to the home and it takes less time; about half the time you spend at a groomer. Also, your dog is in the van alone, or if you so choose, with up to one other dog at the same time.
Once your dog is cleaned up and ready to head home all he has to do is step out of the back door! The van is then fully disinfected and ready to head off to the next client’s home. All dogs are greeted with a clean van and a sterile washcloth and towel are used for each pet.
Nose to Toes is currently servicing the following towns and surrounding areas: Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Terryville, Plymouth, Berlin, Wethersfield Farmington, Avon, West Hartford, Southington, Cheshire, Hamden, Rocky Hill, etc. Call today to find out if they come to your area, 860-582-7855, or visit www.nosetotoes.net.