Pet Grooming Salon ‘Groom Haven’ Opening Today in Federal Hill

| February 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

Pet grooming salon Groom Haven is opening today at 41 E. Fort Ave. in Federal Hill. Groom Haven takes over a first-floor retail space that was Custom Touch Cleaners before it closed last year.

Groom Haven is owned by husband and wife Mark and Stephanie Brick. The two entrepreneurs, who also own a property management and handyman business, thought the neighborhood needed a good groomer after they heard about the closing of Pet Valu. The Bricks were taking their schnoodle/terrier mix to Pet Valu for cuts.

The couple was able to buy a lot of the former equipment at Pet Valu and hired a former groomer at the store as a consultant.

Groom Haven also hired Iesha Wilson as its groomer and will bring on a second groomer in the summer. Groom Haven will groom dogs, cats, and rabbits. Services will include cuts along with basic washes, flea and tick treatments, “shed less” treatments, ear cleanings, teeth brushings, nail trims, and anal gland expressing.

Appointments are available daily between 9am and 5pm.

Groom Haven will also have a small retail area selling pet supplies.

Mark Brick said they renovated the approximately 450 sq. ft. space themselves and gave away the former dry cleaner carousel to a man from Pikesville who is building a roller coaster in his back yard. Dog-themed artwork was added to the walls.

Mark Brick said he’d be interested in opening a second location if Groom Haven is successful. He noted that while a lot of pet supply sales have moved online to companies like, everyone still needs brick-and-mortar for grooming.

Photo below from the Groom Haven Facebook page 

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