Based on 60 years of combined grooming expertise among the groomers at Lucie's Barkingham Palace and the impact of COVID-19 lockdown, the facility's human clients now are interested in whether they can join their canines for hair-cutting sessions for themselves, too!
"We finally got to be back in business for grooming, and I've been at my grooming table for hours on-end, trying to get all of our dogs back on an even track. Some are so matted, it's taking a while," says Lucie Greco, co-owner of the Barkingham Palace.
While the facility is a full-service pet grooming salon, it also provides doggie day care and luxury kennels for boarding pets. Formerly known as Lucie's Pet Grooming Shop in Devon, Pennsylvania, they've been in business since 2005 in the Main Line Area.
Lucie Greco earned a City & Guilds degree from The London Academy of Pet Grooming in London, England. During the next 23 years, she held grooming positions in several English shoppes and opened her first operation in the United Kingdom in 1994. After relocating to the United States in 2000, she operated for five years as an independent contractor responsible for all grooming operations at the Brooks Bed & Biscuit in Hilton Head, SC.
In 2005, Lucie and her husband, Jeff, opened the Devon shop, which relocated in April 2011 to their 5,000-square-foot facility in Malvern.
Jeff graduated from the Episcopal Academy and attended Villanova University. He is a certified behavioral dog trainer from the Animal Behavioral College in Los Angeles, California.
Lucie says she and the groomers perform scissoring, clipping, hand stripping, nail clipping, bathing and drying, flea dips and medicated baths.
Their groomers include Lucie, along with Nicole Budzilowitz, Judi Dixon, Miguel Gonzalez, Morgan Rhodes and Randi Cooper.
“We gently pamper your pets while making them look great,” assures Lucie.
To strengthen safety related to coronavirus concerns, they’ve incorporated curbside pickup, wearing masks and using volumes of disinfectant wipes. Lucie’s team members say they are washing their hands after handling each dog. They also clean the doggie daycare areas at least three times a day.
Jill Golda, Lucie’s manager, says they use a dog-safe sanitizing solution called OdoBan, and that they were informed it does kill coronavirus germs. She says they also bleach all the surfaces each evening.
New hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Friday, essentially to give the team more time in the evening to clean the facility. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays are 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., primarily for pickups and dropffs.
Lucie’s Barkingham Palace dog guests have access to both indoor and outdoor daycare facilities and play or exercise equipment. Palace daycare club packages can be secured for five, 10 or 20 days.
They are happy to board cats, as well.
“We offer a pleasant environment and friendly atmosphere that your pet is sure to enjoy,” assures Lucie.
2463 Yellow Springs Road, Malvern