MASON CITY – Lindsay Ralston has been grooming pets in Mason city for 7 years. With the closing of her former employer, Feathers N More, in June, she made the decision to become an entrepreneur.
Ralston, along with her husband, Chad Kliven, opened Mohawk Grooming and Boarding, located at 418 1st Street SW, on July 9th. In addition to grooming and boarding, Mohawk offers dog, cat and bird food as well as specialty animal foods.
Ralston (pictured, center, serving two customers) is taking her new business in stride.
“I’ve never owned a business before,” she said. However, she seems to know what it takes to be a success. “I’m working more hours than before, but I don’t mind.” She said her husband comes in when he gets off work to help out. The pair got a good deal from their landlord, she said, and they were able to purchase cages at a good price from Feathers N More when it closed.
Also to her benefit, Ralston has brought many former customers from Feathers N More to her new business, and said that “we have a lot more new clients.”
She said the feeling of owning her own business is different from a regular job. “I feel like I’m not going to work now,” she said with a smile.
Mohawk Grooming and Boarding is open Monday through Friday 9 AM to 6 PM and Saturdays; 9 AM to 5 PM over other Saturday and then 9 AM to noon on opposite Saturdays.