WAYLAND — Ashley Farrier has so much passion for dogs she started her own business, Ashley’s Grooming. Just over three years later, she has built a new, larger building to be able to serve as many dogs as she can.
She always knew she wanted to work with animals and decided to attend Iowa State University, with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. After receiving multiple job offers in the grooming industry, she decided to give it a go.
“I’ve never had a dog that needed groomed, so I didn’t quite realize the need. I switched my major and I just went for strictly animal science and as soon as I got out, I just started grooming,” she said.
In May 2016, Farrier opened her own business. Her original building was 12-feet by 32-feet and offered grooming services only. Clients began coming to her from as far as North Liberty and Ollie and she was quickly running out of space.
Boarding was becoming a popular demand, but she had no room to make it happen. In June 2019, Farrier broke ground on a new 5,000 square-foot building. She said the project took “way too long” but was completed in September.
The original blueprints for the building were much smaller, but building up rather than out was a more cost effective option. A second floor was added to the building and is used for office space.
Farrier said she is most looking forward to having more space to service more animals. In her previous location, everything was cramped. But now that she has 5,000 square feet to fill, everything is spaced out.
“We have small dog boarding and large dog boarding and both of those are separate from my grooming. We really tried to separate everything out so everyone has their own space,” she said.
Currently the facility can board 10 large dogs and 11 small dogs. Eventually, she hopes to double the numbers. The outdoor space is not completed yet, but 8-foot fences will be put in. Dogs in indoor kennels will have a doggy door to run into an outdoor kennel which will eventually open to a fenced in yard.
Ashley’s Grooming will open at their new location on Monday, Sept. 16. It is located at 3134 Wayland Road, in Wayland. More information can be found on Facebook at Ashley’s Grooming, or by calling: 319-850-1050.