Longtime co-workers and friends Carmen Carrasco, left, and Grisel Robles have opened A Fancy Pet Salon & Spa in Valrico. They offer grooming services and a few supplies and accessories. ERIC VICIAN | Special to the Times
By Eric Vician, Times Correspondent
Published: June 9, 2016 Updated: June 9, 2016 at 06:17 PM
Tampa Bay Times
VALRICO — Grisel Robles couldn’t believe who the voice on the other end of the phone belonged to when she called the landlord of a building where she wanted to open a new business. Robles, and her business partner, Carmen Carrasco, traversed the greater Brandon area for more than six months in search of an affordable location to open a pet salon. “When I called, it was Alicia,” said Robles, referring to her friend from Nativity Church, Alicia Perez-Sandoval. “It was God that put us here.” Now Robles and Carrasco have opened their pet salon next to Perez-Sandoval’s Gifts of Faith at 110 Hunter Road.
After approximately nine years working together at Advanced Veterinary Services in Seffner, Robles and Carrasco celebrated the opening of A Fancy Pet Salon & Spa on June 1. Since Advanced Veterinary didn’t offer services such as bathing, nail clipping and haircutting, Robles and Carrasco wanted to make those options available to their regular clients. The duo also returns to Advanced Veterinary monthly when sedation is necessary, since that needs to take place under a vet’s supervision.
A Fancy Pet Salon & Spa sends every male dog home with a tie and their female counterparts get bows that Carrasco handcrafts. It also offers a few supplies and accessories such as shampoos, fragrances and clothes. The store has plans to offer overnight boarding in time for Labor Day. A backyard doggie pool also is possible in the area currently used for walking.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments between Thursday and Saturday are preferred. Call (813) 770-2189.