Talia Smith of The Grooming Shoppe in Richmond wears a blue apron and grooms a golden retriever

A Success Story: Talia Smith, The Grooming Shoppe, Richmond

After working in the dog care industry for 15 years, Talia opened her own dog grooming studio
with start-up financing from Community Capital. The Grooming Shoppe specializes in care of
large breeds and dogs who are arthritic or older. A small boutique in the lobby includes pet
accessories: stink-proof collars for summer swimmers, warm winter layers, brightly-colored
vests for enhanced pet visibility, and more. Talia’s love for animals is the cornerstone of her pet
care business.