TAMPA — Four years ago, Valarie White started Paradise Paws, a full-service provider of personalized care for dogs and cats, and the need for her pet sitting services grew rapidly.
"The demand started off with people working so many long hours," White said.
Positive word of mouth and referrals resulted in an expanding clientele.
"The pet sitting business was growing year over year," said White.
Now, once again, demand is prompting her to expand her business. After getting requests for grooming and training, White recently opened a store that offers these services.
"We're always looking for ways to go above and beyond," White said.
At Paradise Paws dog owners can opt for a bath, mini groom, or full groom, and pricing is based on the size of the dog.
Other services, such as nail trims are offered.
Grooming is available by appointment only.
Paradise Paws also has a boutique that carries specialty foods, gifts, greeting cards and accessories. These items are made by local artists.
Paradise Paws is at 2012 W Busch Blvd. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For more information, call (813) 944-2012, or visit paradisepaws
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