Twelve months ago, just as Cooma was plunged int the COVID-19 lockdown, Sandy Brabon opened the doors of her new business, Sandy’s grooming Tails and K9 Café.
Being in business during a pandemic lockdown made for nervous times, but the business has risen to the challenge and bloomed.
So much so, Sandy and dughter Ella, were able to accept two prestigious awards at the recent Snowy Monaro Business Awards – one as the outstanding start-up business in the region and the other the people’s choice Award for Cooma.
The awards were presented at a gala event on May 28.
They justify the pride Sandy and Ella have in the business and its impressive performance.
Sandy is an experienced dog groomer and her salon is very popular and very busy.
The other side of the business is also going gang-busters as it evolves into a popular and specialised ‘dog shop’ in the heart of Cooma.
The shop carries an extensive range of dog ‘stuff’ – all sorts of accessories from collars and leads to canine clothing.
Sandy and Ella can also assist with flea and worm treatment as well as mirochipping.
As well, Sandy and Ella manufacture their own dog treats, from quality ingredients and stock a wide range of other gourmet treats, from brands which are tried and tested and top quality. Even specilaity birthday cakes can be ordered.
So, the K9 Café caters for the fur babies, but what about their owners?
Sandy and Ella have that covered too, with barista-made coffee, gourmet chocolates and Snowy Mountains Cookies, shakes and smoothies.
The cafe has evolved into a space where people and their pets can linger or enjoy a coffee and a chat while the dog groomers work their magic.
However, it doesn’t end there.
Ella is moving into planning puppy parties and puppy training sessions and is keen to attract customers from a wider area.
Many people like to travel with their dogs these days. Sandy’s Grooming Tails and K9 Café offers great services for people passing through as well as local residents.
The store is located at 167 Sharp Street, Cooma, or give them a call 6452 2487.