Hairy Sofa Pet Grooming Boutique to open at Siena Plaza in a couple of weeks

01/08/2013 4:46 PM

01/08/2013 4:46 PM

Julie Breault and Sara DuLac are opening the Hairy Sofa Pet Grooming Boutique in Siena Plaza. On Breault’s lap is her dog Edward, whom she says is in desperate need of grooming. WICHITA — If you heard about a new business that features a large purple sofa and chandelier to greet you along with a refreshment center, you might think you've entered a hip new bar.

If you then learned this business offers massages and blueberry facials, it would be natural to assume it was the latest spa in town.

It is – just not for humans.

Julie Breault and Sara DuLac are opening the Hairy Sofa Pet Grooming Boutique at Siena Plaza to cater to man's best friends, whether they’re dogs or cats.

"We're trying to really create a unique space, something unlike other grooming salons you'll see here in Wichita," Breault says.

There will be "all kinds of great options for the pets to get while they're there. They're going to be very well attended to."

Breault is the practice manager at Heartland Animal Hospital & Play & Stay, which her husband, veterinarian Gary Breault, and her brother-in-law, veterinarian Bill Breault, own.

The two businesses will be sister companies of sorts. Heartland's grooming business is moving to the Hairy Sofa. Pets who need vaccinations or other medical care will be transported from the Hairy Sofa to Heartland.

"We're hoping to make it as convenient as possible – kind of a one-stop shop without being all in one stop," Julie Breault says. "As little of time as you can run around transporting your pet the better."

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