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New business is a-groomin' in Brewer

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New business is a-groomin' in Brewer Photo courtesy Lee's Outback Grooming's Facebook page
Lee's Outback Grooming opens in North Brewer Plaza

BREWER - Lee Kraemer Hanscom of Orrington has some very hairy customers walking through the doors of his new business these days, and that's just what he was hoping for. This dog groomer decided to venture out and open his own salon, Lee's Outback Grooming, in the North Brewer Plaza after working and training at Petco.

"I've always wanted to have my own grooming business. I didn't care for the corporate setting. There wasn't a lot of leeway, and I wanted to offer things that corporate places couldn't offer at a much more affordable price," Hanscom explained.

In particular, he wanted to offer a one-on-one experience for dog owners and their canines rather than scheduling numerous appointments at the same time.

"They don't have to wonder who is going to be their groomer that day. It's just me. I schedule all the appointments myself," he said. "I've always loved dogs and being one-on-one with them. Nothing will happen to them when they're in my care."

The only dilemma Hanscom has had thus far is waiting a year to open his business due to a contract he signed while working for Petco.

"My biggest hurdle was getting back into grooming because I had to wait to open my own salon within so many miles of Petco," he said.

But now that the time has passed, Lee's Outback Grooming is officially open for business and plans to offer dog owners grooming options they'd have a hard time getting somewhere else.

"I could dye a dog if that is what a customer wants," Hanscom said. "I can do a soft claw application so dogs with nails don't tear up your leather furniture, or a funky haircut like shaving something inside the fur of a dog like initials. Nothing too hard."

Hanscom said he can groom one dog per hour or two hours at the most for large breeds. And nail clipping and ear cleaning is always included.

"Customers can drop them off whenever they want and pick them up right when I'm done. I can also do late night grooming for people who work late," Hanscom explained.

As part of last weekend's grand opening of Lee's Outback Grooming, Hanscom gave away free grooming for a year to one lucky pooch and he's also giving away a year of nail trimming to four households, one every week during the month of December via Facebook.

"I've had many people come by already. It's almost overwhelming, but hopefully everything is going to go smooth," Hanscom said.

Lee's Outback Grooming is open Monday-Saturday 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Those interested in scheduling an appointment can call 989-1DOG.

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