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Veteran Owned Groomer Opens in Old Fort

On Thursday, October 2nd, local community members, chamber ambassadors, loyal customers and many others gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting ceremony at Southern Paws Grooming in Old Fort. Owners Rose and John Catanzaro were proud to share their beautiful salon and pet boutique with those in attendance, and their excitement to be open and part of the local community was palpable.
Southern Paws is a certified AKE and SAFE salon, and they are a Veteran owned business. Rose and John take great pride in their pet grooming, as well as their beautifully renovated business space. The Catanzaros came to Old Fort from Alabama and were not looking at the area to settle down but fell in love with the friendly community outreach and found their home in the beautiful Old Fort mountains. Also located at Southern Paws Grooming is a pet boutique with collars, shampoo, accessories, artwork, and so much more.
The McDowell County Chamber Executive Director, Kim Effler, shared a story about grooming her family’s dog in the time of COVID-19 and how she appreciates Rose and John’s hard work. Marion City Manager Bob Boyette warmly welcomed the Catanzaros to the community and commended them on the impact their business will have on the local economy. Old Fort Alderman Jerome Effler also welcomed the new business owners and expressed his gratitude for their local community involvement. Chamber Board Secretary Stacy Buff expressed his warm wishes for Southern Paws Grooming and congratulated the owners.
Southern Paws Grooming is located at 1185 Oakdale Road in Old Fort. They offer teeth and ear cleaning, nail clipping, baths, blow dries, hand cuts, and so much more. Their hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday (9am – 5pm) and Saturday (9am – 2pm).


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