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!”
Staff member Tami Spitler’s love for animals started at birth. There were always dogs, cats, birds, horses, and other animals introduced to her from a young age growing up. She grew up in a missionary family, and graduated from Massillon Christian School in 1988. She now has a large family of her own, which includes three children, five grandchildren, two cats and two dogs. Besides being an all-around pet lover, her experience in the pet industry has included learning to train at a k-9 unit military base in Virginia, training, breeding, and caring for horses, raising and taming exotic birds, and twelve years experience as a professional pet groomer. Tami is looking forward to meeting you and your pet, and is ready to make your pet’s next grooming experience spa-lightful!
Barker Shop staff member, Allegra Anderson, has been a part of it’s grooming staff since the beginning of 2012. “Allegra came to us with little experience, but a lot of potential”, says owner, Carrie Weiss. “It has been fun watching her grow in the industry!”
“As all high school students do, I had been doing some soul searching as to what career to pursue”, said Allegra Anderson. ”I had always had two passions in life, one being music, and the other being my love for animals. After much consideration, I enrolled at the University of Akron to pursue a major in music, but found that my true heart’s desire is in the pet industry. I started my training in the grooming field, and now work my dream job as a staff member at Barker Shop.” Allegra is accepting new clients, and looks forward to meeting you and your pet!
Staff member Jessica Garrett has been a professional pet groomer at Barker Shop since March of 2011. Her prior work in the pet care industry started in South Carolina, where she worked as a certified pet bather. ”We are so lucky to have Jessie as part of our grooming staff.”, says owner, Carrie Weiss. “She really has an eye for perfection!”
“I love being a pet groomer, first, because I love working with animals, and second because it allows me to express my creative side.”, says staff member Jessica Garrett. Jessie has shown her creative ability with her outstanding toe polish designs. No matter what the style, Jessie is sure to come up with something that will look absolutely adorable on your pet. “My goal as your pet stylist”, says groomer Jessica Garrett, “is to send every pet home looking as good as my two dogs, Ella and Cheesecake!”
Barker Shop’s newest member, Kelly Smith, came to us from a grooming salon in Lexington Kentucky. She has a certificate in dog grooming from Nash Academy of Animal Arts, and has been a professional pet groomer for over a year. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at local dog shelters and humane societies. She currently has two adopted dogs, Hope and Mugsy.
“There’s nothing more rewarding in life than knowing that you’ve made a difference in a pet’s life! says Smith. Give me an opportunity to make a difference by choosing me as your pet care professional.” Kelly is taking new clients, and is looking forward to meeting you and your pet!
Rachel has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. One of her earliest memories include her playing “ride the pony” with her family’s pet cat.
“My interest in pet grooming began when I started helping a friend in her shop”, says Roberts. “I fell in love with the art aspect, the challenge, and of course, the hands-on exposure with many different breeds of pets.”
Rachel has worked as a certified pet groomer in many different states, which include North Carolina, Virginia, Arizona, and currently Barker Shop located in Ashland, Ohio. We love having Rachel as a member of our grooming staff. One of her best noted qualities include her ease of communicating with clients! Rachel is always taking new clientele and is looking forward to meeting you and your pet!
Pet lover and friend of the family, Andi Smalley, has been a volunteer for Barker Shop since the age of twelve. ”We wouldn’t know what to do without her on those busy days!”, says owner, Carrie Weiss. “In the pet grooming industry, it’s always good to have an extra pair of hands!” Andi is currently in the 11th grade at Ashland Co. West Holmes Career Center for Cosmetology. Her favorite subject in school is math. She is currently apprenticing at Ashland Regional Ballet. After school, Andi enjoys ballet, tap, jazz and modern dance routines, along with volunteering at Barker Shop and taking care of her large pet family which includes dogs, fish, turtles, and a rabbit. “I have loved the experience that helping at the shop has given me”,says volunteer Andi Smalley. ” Besides working with the best groomers around (and the sweetest people in general) I love being around animals!” Although Barker Shop staff will miss her dearly, Andi’s long term goal is to become a dancer for a company in New York City.
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!