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Family business going to the dogs

May 8, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Parson family of Austintown were all smiles last week as the officially cut the ribbon on their new business, Puptown Pantry and Gourmet Barkery, 110 Javit Court Plaza. The new upscale facility was part of a planned growth idea for the owners.

For years, Austintown natives Roger and Bobbie Jo Parson, along with Roger's mother Lana Parson, had run a successful dog treat company, but all three felt it was time for a change.

''We are a food service company and we wanted to expand our business to incorporate grooming,'' Roger said.

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Groomer Heather Doniferro, assists the Parson family members Bobbie Jo, Roger and Lana as they cut the ribbon on their new business, Puptown Pantry and Gourmet Barkery at 110 Javit Court Plaza.

The owners brought in a professional groomer in Heather Doniferro, who has 20 years' experience grooming and working with veterinarians. She is experienced in handling show dogs as well as the family pet.

On top of the grooming, a seamstress was also hired to handle custom fit clothing for canines.

Roger said the plan to establish an upscale grooming facility has come together well and the business is already establishing a customer base. He said a person can bring in a dog, get it groomed, outfitted with custom fit clothing and leave with some top quality treats, even birthday cakes for dogs.

One other service Roger said will be added is pick-up. He said in Austintown and the surrounding area, a lot of elderly dog owners may not drive or can't get out of the house to have their dog groomed. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, he will have their dog picked up at their home, groomed, and returned home.



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