Pet spa relocating to former laundromat

It’s called Brown Dog Pet Spa (formerly Brown Dog Pet Salon), but all sorts of dogs, as well as cats, rabbits and other furry creatures, are welcome at the grooming business that is being relocated to Park Place in Saratoga Springs.

Ashley Noxon opened the business three years ago at 256 Milton Ave. in Ballston Spa and has since outgrown her space, she said recently, standing inside the former Five Points Laundromat that is being outfitted with high-pressure wash tubs, organic shampoo and other necessities required by the full-service grooming business.

“When we opened in 2008, we wanted a place where I could serve existing clientele and still be affordable,” said Noxon, who runs the business with her boyfriend, Mike Hoffman. “We’re too big now. This is going to be a space where we can grow.”

The spa will offer treats for pets that are typically reserved for humans — cucumber rinses, aromatherapy and blueberry facials, in addition to bathing, probiotic rinses, hair and nail trimming and more. One-on-one attention for both the animal and its owner is Noxon’s promise. “It’s all about the comfort of the pet and the customer knowing their pet is comfortable,” she said.

Her specialty is creating a mellow, fun environment in which she can transform the most aggressive, anxiety-ridden dogs into calm, clean pups who love to have their hair done. “It’s set up as the opposite (experience) of the big box stores,” she said, noting her tendency toward a no-muzzle, no-cage environment.

Noxon, 29, became certified in canine cosmetology in her home state of Michigan and worked as a groomer in Colorado and Oregon before settling locally. She made a name for herself at Paws N’ Claws of Saratoga Veterinary Hospital before opening Brown Dog Pet Salon.

The renamed business at the new location, 40 Park Place, is set to open in February after major renovations are finished. Grooming services average $45 but can range from $30 to $75 depending on the animal.

Hoffman and friend Charity Cannon are Noxon’s stalwart partners, but she hopes to hire several more groomers soon and push the business to capacity, grooming 10 to 15 dogs per day.

For more information, call the Ballston Spa location — which is open through the end of January — at 885-5718.


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