Downtown dog house owners can now cleanse their canines — with out making a large number of their tiny loos or shelling out for a pricy groomer — due to a brand new self-service spot in Greenwich Village.
Partners Arlette Sarkissians, 38, and Nicola Leggo, 34, opened Now You’re Clean on East tenth Street only a few weeks in the past.
It was Leggo’s personal soiled dog, a two-year-old pit bull combine named Mia, which sparked the concept for the business. Sarkissians was staying with Leggo through the early pandemic, and the pair had hassle discovering a spot to scrub the pup, Leggo mentioned.
New Yorkers tight on house and money will go to nice lengths to get their canines clear, Leggo famous: one couple who’re regulars at Now You’re Clean used to schlep their four-legged pal from the East Village to a dog washing stall at a Brooklyn Petco — a two-hour errand, Leggo mentioned.
“In Europe, self-service is something that exists,” Sarkissians, who was born in Italy, mentioned.
The high-tech bathing cubicle at Now You’re Clean options an enormous tub, shampoo and conditioner, and dryers, the jewellery and inside designer mentioned.
They’re “at full capacity” on weekends already, Leggo mentioned. In reality, it’s going so properly, she give up her day job as a administration marketing consultant at Ernst & Young, the Big Four accounting agency, the place she labored for seven years, she mentioned.
Single washes price $25; there are bulk reductions. Now You’re Clean additionally sells pricy pet items and a groomer stops by on Tuesdays, providing “doggy facials” and “doggy mani-pedis” for $15 and $16, respectively.
The retailer has a yard the place clients can wait and play with their canines if the bathtub is taken.
Leggo mentioned she envisions a “private subscription” for entry to the yard, geared toward pet house owners preferring to keep away from the unwashed lots at public dog runs “for a number of reasons,” like grime, ticks, or simply having a dog that’s “not confident” round different pups.
Kris Chan, 34, stopped by Friday to clean Butters, her four-year-old, 95-pound Great Pyrenees, who she mentioned is “tolerant” of baths.
“I used to wash him basically on the sidewalk. I would fill up paint buckets of water,” mentioned Chan, who together with her husband Jay co-owns Brooklyn restaurant Fancy Nancy.
Now You’re Clean is such an enchancment for Chan and Butters, she makes a degree of driving the dog into Manhattan to go there.
“He honestly really enjoys it. I think it’s because of the two owners. He knows that whenever he’s there, they’re constantly giving him treats,” she mentioned.