Cecilia is retiring!


Dear Temple of Groom family, 


I am proud to announce that I have been accepted into a forestry schooling program starting this coming Fall. Pursuing this opportunity has involved making some exceptional changes personally and professionally, the greatest of which is to announce my retirement from dog grooming, and therefore the closing of Temple of Groom on June 1st, 2021. 

I feel in my heart that it is time for this career change. The job of a groomer is very physical, and it is time I listened to my body and switch to something less physically demanding. With 25 fulfilling years as a pet groomer, 10 of which I was able to spend within my own salon as Temple of Groom, I am excited to be able to conclude it with great news, and a new career in sustaining our environment. 

Most importantly, I am very happy to share that a new grooming salon will taking over at this location, and I know that you will be able to form a new friendship with them. We will be welcoming Taylor Volpe and Ashley Miller, current owners of “The Bark Chateau” in Lakewood, who are excited to open their second location in our place. 

Taylor and Ashley will be present at the salon starting in mid-May, and will be working on booking appointments starting in June at their discretion. To further aid in a smooth transition, I will continue to be at the salon with them for the beginning of June as The Bark Chateau takes over. Further good news is that Taylor and Ashley are able to take appointments for large breed dogs, whereas I have been unable to accommodate them for physical reasons. Starting in June you will be able to schedule appointments for your larger furry friends. 

Please note that I do not plan to groom privately or anywhere else, and it will be inappropriate to ask me to do so. I plan to work and operate Temple of Groom until May 29th, business as usual. Any standing appointments for TOG will end past May 29th, and The Bark Chateau will reach out to you personally to continue service under their operation. Upon booking, please give yourself a little extra time to fill out their paperwork and get to know them. I am excited to see their dream of “The Bark Chateau” expand to a great city like Burien. 

I would like to personally thank each of you for the conversation, inspiration, and puppy, middle, and senior dog time alike. Thank you for being part of my life, and thank you for letting me be part of yours. If this email reaches you and you have lost a pet that I groomed, I want to thank you for that precious time as well, and your dog is still very missed. 

Please watch for upcoming emails, Facebook, and Instagram posts for information that will be updated as we transition. I know that you will undoubtedly have many questions, but understand that it is impossible to answer everyone individually and continue to groom until retirement. I hope that this email finds you well and I look forward to seeing everyone before I retire. 

Thank you so much. This year has showed me how much I am appreciated, and I hope the years I have dedicated have shown you the same in return.  


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