Canines and creatives

. February 6, 2013.

There’s no place like Chelsea. According to Manchester resident Kim Hammer, who opened a pet grooming salon in Chelsea in the middle of an economic downturn, there’s something special about the way Chelsea residents support Chelsea businesses. “Chelsea has been very supportive. The clientele, the type of residents that we have in the area, are a very kind group of people that look after each other,” said Hammer, the owner of Chelsea Creative Pet Grooming. “We’re in an economy that’s struggling and I think that Chelsea has chosen to stay at home and help Chelsea, I think it’s fun to be part of that.” Hammer, who graduated from the Michigan School of Canine Cosmetology, works with all breeds of dogs and cats in her salon, which is located inside the Chelsea Animal Hospital. From tooth cleaning and nail trims to cool poodle hairstyles or even coloring a dog’s fur to match a wedding bridal party’s colors, Hammer does it all and loves every minute of it. “I certainly try to be creative. It’s kind of a have-it-your-way salon,” she said, adding that she once styled a Bichon Frise’s hair in a “Grinch” style at a customer’s request. But what Hammer enjoys most of all is getting to know her clients — who come from all over the area including Ann Arbor and Grass Lake — and their families. “I really enjoy the customers of Chelsea,” she said. “I truly enjoy them as friends as I get to know them and their kids and what’s going on with their lives.”

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