| By Kathryn Deen |
A love for dogs and a love for each other. That winning combination sparked one Clermont couple’s decision to open a grooming salon.
Susan and Armand Routhier opened K9 Crew Cuts in September in Clermont (at 2105 Hartwood Marsh Road in the Royal Oaks Plaza).
The timing was right with Clermont’s booming business climate.
“We know that this area is growing, so it made perfect sense to open shop here,” Armand said.
Susan does the grooming and Armand handles the business side.
The full-service dog grooming salon offers walk-ins for nail cuts and files, as well as appointments for grooming or even just a bath.
A special offering, you can opt for a photo shoot for your dog after its groom and order a photo keepsake (such as a mug, license plate, key chain or luggage tag).
Armand enjoys being the photographer and making the mementos through his screen printing company of a dozen years, Sonshine Promotions.
Susan has 23 years of grooming experience, likely a factor in winning the Next Door App’s 2017 Best in Neighborhood award.
Susan started grooming in Massachusetts after graduating from Pedigree Career Institute top of her class. She won the New England Pedigree Grooming Professionals award in 1997 with K.C., a retired champion from the professional show dog circuit.
The Routhiers moved to Clermont a couple of years ago and brought their services with them from Leesburg, where Susan did grooming for 12 years.
The 12,000-square-foot Clermont shop is their first storefront. It has four rooms with cages to accommodate dogs in their care. The catchy name K9 Crew Cuts was inspired by Susan’s military family.
“(It’s) A place where dog owners can come and feel extremely comfortable leaving their fur baby in the hands of a stranger, without paying too much,” Armand said.
The couple loves participating in community events, such as the recently Poochapalooza at the Lake Louisa State Park.
K9 often gives away free T-shirts and recently partnered with the Humane Society of Lake County to make Olympic-themed dog tees.
Have you tried K9 Crew Cuts yet? Let us know in the comments below or tag us with your photos on social media.
Kathryn Deen is the founder and editor of Clermont Magazine, a Clermont resident and an award-winning professional journalist.