The K9 ultra lounge welcomes VIP puppies – Our communities

A new lounge for West Winnipeg’s chicest pooches will include a full-service bar. However, the drinks are for the dogs, and instead of spirits and beers, the staff will be serving animal broth shots. With a drink within arm’s reach, the dogs can relax on one of the velor sofas in the living room.

Carly Reimer and Nikki Carruthers are putting their signature to dog grooming and daycare with the launch of The Neon Dragon (7-3075 Ness Ave.), a self-proclaimed luxury pet studio, K9 ultra lounge and selfie lounge.

The pair have already caused a stir online with their company’s brand. The neon and black color palette and cosmopolitan designs are reminiscent of the nightclub experience.

Photo by Katlyn Streilein Nikki Carruthers (left) and Carly Reimer prepare to launch The Neon Dragon pet grooming salon and center at 7-3075 Ness Ave. in St. James.

“In the industry, there really isn’t anything that differentiates dog parlors and daycares from one another — we want to stand out,” Reimer said. “We’re both very artistic, and we wanted to express that in our building.”

Reimer has a background in graphic design and Carruthers has experience designing experimental hair on dogs using pet-safe dyes. The women have a combined two decades of grooming experience.

“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made,” Carruthers said.

The pair is taking bookings ahead of the scheduled April 8 launch date.

When guests enter the reception area of ​​the Neon Dragon’s completely renovated 1900 square foot space, they are greeted by a gift shop catering to dogs and their human counterparts.

Beyond that there are two lounges, one for micro puppies (1-10 lbs) and another for mini dogs (11-30 lbs). The owners wanted to run a store where smaller breeds could play without being inadvertently harmed by their larger peers.

“As owners of small dogs, we are always concerned about their safety,” Carruthers said. “We just wanted to create a place where people with small dogs could be comfortable leaving their little guys behind and knowing they’re in good hands.”

However, heavier breeds are welcome in the “luxury pet studio” grooming facility, as well as the selfie lounge. The selfie room offers guests the opportunity to take a picture with their dog – freshly groomed – against one of the themed walls. Accessories will also be available.

The couple chose this corner of St. James as the home of the Neon Dragon because there are no similar operations in the area. Reimer and Carruthers also landed in this neighborhood due to its suburban and family nature.

“We love this area. Everyone who works in this field loves this field,” Carruthers said.

The Neon Dragon will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and closed on Sunday.

“We try to make it easy for people to drop off before work and have plenty of time in the evening, so they’re not in a rush to pick them up,” Reimer said, “that’s why we wanted to extend our evening hours especially.

For more information call 431-275-3564 or email [email protected]

Katlyn Streilein

Katlyn Streilein
Community journalist

Katlyn Streilein is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. She can be reached by phone at 204-697-7132 or by email at [email protected]

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