New Zpup owner ready to take on dream

New Zpup owner ready to take on dream

Since taking over the existing Zpup Dog Spa & Self Wash in Lincoln last month, Amanda Lord has worked to create new services for pet owners, including an a la carte menu and a rewards program. (Valley Breeze photo by Jessica Boisclair)

LINCOLN - With 10 years of experience in the grooming industry, Sturbridge, Mass., native Amanda Lord has fulfilled her dream after taking ownership of Zpup Dog Spa & Self Wash in Lincoln last month.

Lord said she worked at a pet salon in central Massachusetts before moving to Providence last year.

"I worked for PetSmart for awhile through the holiday and then took this place over," she said.

After working for different salons throughout the years Lord began thinking about owning her own grooming business.

She soon noticed that Zpup, located at 1525 Old Louisquisset Pike, was up for sale and decided it would be smart to take over an already existing business.

"They had clients and everything I needed so I thought it'd be better for me," she said. "It's been really great so far, business is pretty steady and everybody is taking the change over great."

Lord said she has four dogs and a horse and "owning a grooming salon has been a dream for a long time."

The spa offers a full-service grooming salon for dogs and cats alike. There is also a self-washing station available for pet owners at $20 per dog.

This station gives owners the opportunity to wash their pets while leaving the cleanup to the employees of Zpup.

Along with these services, Lord said she added a new à la carte menu, which provides nail painting, facials, teeth brushing and mud baths for pets.

"I also started something called the 'Wash N Wag' rewards and every time they come in and self wash their pet we'll punch the card and they get the 11th one free," she said.

In order to introduce herself to clients new and old, Lord said she will host an open house event on Sunday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Representatives from PAWS New England plan to bring four dogs for people to possibly adopt. There will also be free nail trims and the self-wash station will be open.

Lord said another event would be held at the spa on Sunday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. to give pet owners the opportunity to become pet CPR and first aid-certified.

For $45, attendees receive a copy of a digital booklet, CPR card and certification.

Zpup Dog Spa & Self Wash is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; on Thursday they are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.