ZANESVILLE – For mother-daughter duo Summer Shaver and Cindy Birtcher, entrepreneurship is nothing new.
“It’s in our blood,” Shaver said.
After selling their Newark bakery, the two decided to start a new business venture involving animals. Both have dogs, and Birtcher also has birds and a pig.
It seemed like the right time to launch It’s Bath Time, a new pet care company that offers both professional grooming and self-service washing on Maple Avenue. It opened on Monday.
Shaver, who has owned the business, has been grooming dogs for 12 years, but the two collectively have a lot of animal care experience.
Birtcher said they have always loved animals. The concept of self-washing and grooming in one place was appealing, she said.
“It’s always hard to wash your dog in the tub and kill your back,” Birtcher said with a laugh.
Going from a bakery to animal grooming was an unusual leap, the two acknowledged, but it seemed like the right time to open a grooming service. Shaver said in her experience as a professional dog groomer, she has seen more people adopt pets during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two have also noticed another trend over the past year: a backup in grooming services. There is no shortage of pet care needs in the community, Birtcher said.
Both said they have received a positive reception on social media, where they also post updates and describe their services. They offer grooming techniques like a full bath and brushing, walk-in nail trims, toothbrushing, and other animal preparation options.
Cats, dogs and small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and piglets are welcome. They also cut the wings and nails of birds, a rarer grooming option outside of veterinary clinics.
With positive feedback from locals and on social media, the two are excited to start a new adventure.
“So far (the community) has been very supportive,” Shaver said.
For more information on It’s Bath Time and the services it offers, visit its Facebook page. It is located at 1535 Maple Avenue.