This week, 'The Groom Room' opened its doors at 104 N Second St. in downtown Cherokee. Owner MeLisa Johnson will offer her pet grooming services to the public. Johnson has just recently relocated her business from Storm Lake.
She will be providing such services as grooming dogs and cats, nail trimming, pet tooth-brushing, ear cleaning along with carrying small animal pet supplies.
Johnson is a mother of six children whose oldest is 19 and three youngest are 11 years old. Her oldest two children can be found helping their mother run the shop.
Johnson, who has been a pet groomer for the past 23 years, will be open from noon to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Plus from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
She is currently teaching EMT students and stated that her business hours will expand after she is done teaching. She is also a member on both the Quimby and Cleghorn Volunteer Fire Departments.
Johnson is a native of Wayne, Neb. and is currently living north of Quimby with her family. When asked why she got into the pet grooming business, she said, "It all started way back when I was little. I would grab the clippers and just start cutting. My father didn't appreciate it too much."
She took her grooming training in Dallas, Texas, and spent time there before moving to Iowa. When asked what type of animal she enjoys working on the most, Johnson said, "I like working with terriers. They just have a kind of feisty little personality and that's a challenge."
For right now, Johnson is getting things in the shop in order, but she has considered forming some obedience classes at one of the parks later this year. You can reach Johnson at the Groom Room at 225-1150 or just stop in. The Groom Room is located on the west side of the Rasmus Realty building.