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Groovy Cats and Dogs moves down Dale Mabry Highway to Carrollwood Center

Yvonne Guibert, from Groovy Cats and Dogs, and Karen Lewandowski, coax Thor, a standard poodle, to paw paint at the Paws in Ybor Pet Expo at the Ybor City Saturday Market in 2007.

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Yvonne Guibert, from Groovy Cats and Dogs, and Karen Lewandowski, coax Thor, a standard poodle, to paw paint at the Paws in Ybor Pet Expo at the Ybor City Saturday Market in 2007.

Groovy Cats and Dogs, a pet store specializing in all-natural and holistic food and treats, has just relocated to the Carrollwood Center.

Moving from a location that was just a few miles south on Dale Mabry Highway, the store has nearly doubled in size, from 700 to 1,300 square feet.

Owner and "pawprietor" Yvonne Guibert said she had looked up and down the highway as far north as Van Dyke Road, as well as in the Citrus Park area. She eventually decided on her new location because the square footage was most appropriate for her needs, and because she found the majority of her customers lived within a 5-mile radius of the new store, she said

"We wanted to stay close to our customer base and continue to grow our business in the Original Carrollwood neighborhood," she said.

Groovy carries several brands of pet foods that boast all-natural, preservative-free, human-quality ingredients from companies like Sojos, California Natural, Dogswell, Canine Caviar and Paw Naturaw.

The store brims with treats and toys, including Mimi's Pup Cakes (from a local baker; $11.95 per pound), Zukes Fresh Breath Bones ($3.75), and Planet Dog's Orbee Tuff toys (balls and bones in a variety of colors and sizes ranging in price from $6.95 to $19.95).

What patrons will not find are animals for sale.

"In fact, we passionately promote adopting pets from one of the many local rescue groups and support local rescue in everything we do," said Guibert, 45. "We're always doing special events and fundraisers for our local rescue groups, and we also offer a 15 percent discount to the rescue groups."

Groovy Cats and Dogs is located at 10213 Lake Carroll Way, at the corner of North Dale Mabry. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call (813) 265-1333.

Dollar dealer crosses the street to new spot

Fans of dollar deals will be happy to hear the emptied Dollar Tree formerly located in the North Pointe Plaza has not gone out of business but rather moved to a bigger location, just across the street in the Carrollwood Commons strip center.

Store management said they had put signs up in the old location noting the move, but the signs had been removed, leaving the location to look abandoned.

According to merchandise manager Melissa Bates, the new store is almost twice the size of the previous one and now carries far more and diverse products.

"We've got more room, so now we can offer more seasonal items, more party goods, more food products and more brand name products," she said.

Although the new location opened only one month ago, Bates said the added inventory enabled the store to almost triple its sales revenue.

"In these times, everyone needs to be careful about spending," she said. "We sell products that other stores sell for seventy percent less than they do, so it really makes sense for people to shop here."

The new store is located at 15042 North Dale Mabry Highway and is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, call (813)265-2529.

Company puts homes for sale in best light

As foreclosures abound, it may be a rough time to have a home on the market, and that, says Carol Anne Faulkner, makes her new company that much more relevant.

Fixin' to Move is a home-based business that specializes in home staging.

Faulkner analyzes a client's house, from curb appeal to interior colors and furnishings, then provides a detailed critique containing suggestions for maintenance and interior/exterior decor improvements.

The end goal is to sell the home in the least amount of time for the highest possible price.

"People still need to sell their homes right now," said Faulkner, 51, a former showroom consultant and retail store manager in the kitchen and bath industry.

"If you put your home on the market, you are automatically in competition with all the other homes in your price range. You want to sell your home, so you need to prepare it to outshine the others."

Initial consultations vary from one hour for an empty house ($100) to two hours for an occupied home ($275).

Clients receive a binder outlining the action plan specific to that home. Gift cards are available.

For more information, see or contact Faulkner at (813) 949-6384.

Groovy Cats and Dogs moves down Dale Mabry Highway to Carrollwood Center 06/04/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 4, 2009 4:30am]
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