Carrie Weiss’s love for animals developed as a young child. She grew up in a family of show breeders. Her earliest recollection of grooming was at the age of five, when she was taught to trim toe nails and do hygienic cuts on her own dogs. She was active in the dog 4-H program throughout school, and purchased her first show dog at the age of fourteen. “Spending so much time with dogs has helped me to develop an understanding for pet behavior, which has become instrumental in dog training and grooming.”, says owner Carrie Weiss. She began grooming professionally in 2000, and opened Barker Shop in 2007. “I am excited to see my lifelong dream coming true, and hope that I can pass my knowledge on to my children, who are as crazy about animals as I am!”, says Carrie. ” When you love what you do, it’s like you never really work a day in your life!”
Sonja Kalb became a part of Barker Shop staff in 2009 upon the approaching birth of her second grandchild. Her daughter, Barker Shop owner, Carrie Weiss, had approached her to help fill in during her maternity leave. “We have since enjoyed building her dream together into a business that can be passed on for generations to come.”, says Sonja Kalb. Sonja’s grooming experience started in the early 1980’s as she showed and raised dogs. She currently breeds and shows Pomeranians, and enjoys life in the country with horses, cats and chickens. “I have found in my grooming career that I enjoy long coated breeds most.”, says Sonja. “I feel that every pet deserves to feel and look like a champion!”
Asia was born and raised in Woodsfield, Ohio. She relocated to Ashland, Ohio to further her career in cosmetology. Along with practicing cosmetology at Merle Norman in Ashland, Ohio, Asia became a professional pet groomer, working at Barker Shop in 2015. “I enjoy animals and people and love making them look and feel their best!” In Asia’s spare time, she enjoys playing with her Shih Tzu, Koby, jogging, and crocheting.
Katelyn Freels came to Barker Shop from Tiffin, Ohio, where she instructed at the Tiffin Academy of Hair Design. “It’s really quite similar”, Freels says.” I love being around born people and dogs. It’s truly rewarding being able to make them feel and look their best!” Besides her beloved English Bulldog, Katie’s pastimes include listening to rock music, going to concerts, and riding motorcycles.
Mindy has been a “behind the scenes” staff member of Barker Shop since its beginning in 2007. “I joke around about Mindy being my counselor, lawyer, and pediatrician”, says owner, Carrie Weiss. “She’s always been there when I needed her! Starting a business would have been impossible without the support of family and friends.” Over the years, Mindy’s role at Barker Shop has included everything but grooming. Photography, answering phones, making appointments, and bathing dogs are just a few of her “behind the scene” tasks. Mindy is currently involved as a partial owner of Barker Shop Boutique. “I love dogs and fashion, says Long, so why not be involved in a pet boutique!”
Tang, short for Tanqueray, was born in September of 2004, and was purchased by Barker Shop owner, Carrie Weiss from a St. Poodle breeder out of New Jersey at eight weeks of age. Although Tang’s color of choice is pink, her natural coat color is apricot. When not relaxing at home with her Chinese Crested brother, Cash, and playing with her two human kids, Jaden and Carson Weiss, Tang enjoys making appearances at Barker Shop events, nursing homes, schools and more. She enjoys her role in advertising as the pink poodle in Barker Shop’s logo, and considers herself one of the shop girls!
Taylor was originally born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He studied art at the University of Akron. “Of course I have a love for animals, which makes this job enjoyable, but, I also feel that I can use my artistic abilities in creative pet grooming.” If you enjoy any temporary or permanent creative color and design to spice up your pet’s bath or groom, request Taylor. He’s your man!
Britani, otherwise called “BB” by family and friends, grew up in a farming community near Jeromesville. Among the family pets, a few favorites are her lab mix and a turkey named Buckwheat. One of her favorite pastimes is photography, which she hopes someday will turn into a career. ” I love the opportunity to work with animals at Barker Shop “,Britani says. ” I believe animals can teach us as much as we do them. I handle each fur baby with the same kindness I would expect for my pet. “