Life after Energizer keeps on going and going and going: Bow Wow Barber offers mobile pet grooming
By Jacki Wood
Editor’s note: this is the first in a series about former Energizer employees who have become entrepreneurs since the plant’s closing.
Jennifer Lynch pulls her forest green mini bus right up to the front door and hops out ready to groom Bella, a cute Maltese.
Normally timid around others, Bella gave her new groomer a few kisses after her trim.
It’s a familiar scene happening all over Northwest Missouri and Southwest Iowa, from Maryville to Skidmore and Bedford to Bethany. Dogs and cats getting trimmed, bathed, pampered and pedicured. All at the convenience of the pet owner. And all right outside their front door.
And soon, that forest green mini bus will be replaced with a custom-built trailer for Lynch’s new business, Bow Wow Barber mobile pet grooming.
When Energizer made the announcement in November 2012 that it would be closing the Maryville plant, nearly 300 employees faced uncertainty.
“At first, the announcement was very unsettling and left a lot of what ifs, what now, what am I going to do questions in all of our minds,” Lynch said, who resides in Maryville and has been a resident of the area her entire life. “But I couldn’t let all that bother me.”
Lynch, 35, and the mother of two children, had worked at Energizer since March 2000.
She tossed around several ideas about what to do. The self-described animal lover had been grooming her own dogs for several years, so going in that direction just made sense.
In December of last year, she decided to attend Petropolis, an International Society of Canine Cosmetologists accredited school in St. Louis. She was trained by master groomers and has the option of becoming a master groomer herself.
“I just looked at the situation as a way to finally get a chance to do something I wanted to do and not what I had to do,” she said, “to do something that I truly enjoy.”
Through her schooling at Petropolis, she became a certified pet groomer and opened Bow Wow Barber in April of this year.
The mobile business offers a full grooming service including baths, nails and haircuts on all sizes of dogs and cats.
“I did a lot of research when making the decision to go mobile with my grooming,” she said. “(I wanted) to be different than others and to cater to people and their busy lifestyles.”
Some of the advantages of being mobile, Lynch said, include pets not having to wait in cages before and after grooming, less stress for pets visiting a loud shop with other animals and more convenient for owners without having to drop off and pick up their pets.
“I provide a service unlike other groomers in this area and the results have been fantastic,” she said. “I enjoy everything about my decision to start up my own business.
“Since the plant closed, my whole life has changed – for the better.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 660.541.0621 or visit Facebook.com/BowWowBarber2014.