Marie learned how to groom at the Great Lakes Grooming Academy during a summer term while she was attending the University of Illinois. She then worked in Champaign as a groomer while finishing her degree. She moved to Chicago in 2005 and worked in two other shops in North Chicago before finding her way to Rogers Bark. After falling in love with the neighborhood and moving up here to immerse herself fully, she was given the opportunity to purchase the business in 2008 and has been working steadily every since to make it a shining star in the community. At Rogers Bark, she has found her love of competition grooming and continuing education and has won awards for hand-stripping, poodles, and mixed breeds. She hopes to continue moving up the competition ranks so that she can bring beautiful grooming to Rogers Park and spoil the neighborhood dogs.
Marie works Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Valerie has been grooming professionally since 2001. Her mother was a pet groomer, so she grew up working in a shop environment starting from a very young age. She grew up with a Standard Poodle named Java, and learned to train and compete with him in AKC Junior Handling and eventually began learning how to groom him herself. At the age of 17, she enrolled at the Great Lakes Grooming Academy to get formal training from award-winning groomers, Meggan and Jeanne Mulcahy. She graduated from the Great Lakes Grooming Academy in 2001, where she eventually became an instructor for several years. She moved to Rogers Park with her son, Wyatt, in 2011. She continues her education by attending several grooming shows a year, to learn new techniques and styles. She also competes in the grooming competitions at these shows, and has won several awards including a “Best in Show” and “Best All Around Groomer” in 2010. She was ranked as one of the top 20 groomers in the country in 2013 and was also nominated for both of the national awards “Up and Coming Groomer of the Year” in 2014 and also “Up and Coming Speaker of the Year” in 2015 . She has worked with AKC show handlers learning show cuts on Poodles, and handstripping on Lakeland Terriers and Wire-haired Dachshunds. Her favorite breeds to groom are Poodles and Terriers, and she also enjoys creating stylized trims on mixed breeds. Valerie is also Canine CPR certified.
Val works Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.