Salty Dogs Pet Supplies and Groomer LLC opens in St. Clair

Salty Dogs Pet Supplies and Grooming LLC offers everything your furry friend could possibly need.

Owner and veterinarian Dr. Robyn Limberg opened the business, located at 1214 S. Riverside Ave in St. Clair, in February. The company offers dog grooming services and pet products, such as food, toys and accessories.

“We like to offer variety to our customers,” Limberg said.

Salty Dogs offers both locally made and branded products. Limberg said she wanted to showcase local businesses and offer things people can’t find online. She wants to encourage people to shop at small businesses.

Dog and cat food, toys and supplies fill the shelves at the Salty Dog Pet Supplies and Grooming Show on Thursday, October 20, 2022 in St. Clair.

Although Salty Dogs opened several months ago, Limberg said it hasn’t had the grand opening yet. She plans to hold an open house for the company the first weekend in December so that all of her employees can attend. In the coming weeks, Limberg’s daughter and some staff members will be getting married. In addition, her office manager is on maternity leave.

“We want to let her spend time with her babies and go through all the marriages,” Limberg said. “We also wanted a month to plan the open house.”

The open house is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 3.

Dog groomer Kelsie Christner neatly trims a dog's fur with scissors Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022 at the Salty Dog Pet Supplies and Grooming Show in St. Clair.

Limberg is deaf and wears hearing aids. She said being deaf makes some aspects of owning a business difficult. She said taking phone calls for things like ordering inventory or maintenance can be difficult. However, she is helped by her managers.

“When you start and all the phone calls that need to be made, I can’t make them,” Limberg said. “You always need a backup.”

Additionally, she said texting helps run the business as many places now accept it as a form of communication.

Dog and cat food fill the shelves at the Salty Dog Pet Supplies and Grooming Show on Thursday, October 20, 2022 in St. Clair.

Limberg said she plans to apply for business grants through the Small Business Association. She would use the grant money to increase publicity for the company. For now, Limberg advertises through Facebook and the Riverview Vet Center, which she owns and vets.

Limberg said the response to Salty Dogs has been good, but a little spotty. She has seen a few regular customers since opening, especially for grooming services. Additionally, customers began requesting specialty orders for pet supplies, which Limberg said she was happy to complete.

“Once people find us, they come back and are regulars,” she said.

Limberg said she hopes that once she has the open house in December, more people will become aware of the business.

Salty Dog Pet Supplies and Grooming salon owner Robyn Limber (left) and receptionist Kim Smith (right) pose for a photo Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, inside the St. Clair store.

Salty Dogs Pet Supplies and Groomer LLC is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Sundays.

Contact McKenna Golat at mgolat@gannett.com or (810) 292-0122.