Dogs, owners find fun at new store

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Dogma is defined as a belief in something. Dogma Pet Supply and Dog Wash opened because of owner Craig Gulliford’s belief that a pet supply store should be an experience, not just a store.

Dogma, near El Rancho at 29017 Hotel Way, opened in January. Gulliford said the business has a fun and happy atmosphere.

“You automatically smile when you walk in,” he said.

The walls are painted in bright colors, and dog beds, dog food and other dog supplies line the walls.

Besides offering the typical pet supplies, the store boasts a dog wash that is tailored to large animals as well as small ones. Gulliford said he designed the dog wash with his own dogs — two Great Danes named Zoe and Winston — in mind.

“We have three big tubs and four dryers, and a nice big area with lots of space in between,” he said.

Gulliford named the shop Dogma because he wanted a name that was unforgettable.

“People would forget a name like Craig’s Pets,” he said, laughing.

Craig and his wife, Brandy, are from Florida and moved to Evergreen after getting married in Breckenridge two years ago. Brandy teaches first grade at Parmalee Elementary School in Kittredge.

“After we got married, we took a few days to drive around,” Craig said. “It was so beautiful. It’s not only breathtaking, but the mentality of the people here is refreshing. People here value the quality of life more than what they have parked in the garage or the square footage of their house.”

New design store

Stay tuned for a new kitchen and bath design center to open Sept. 1 in Evergreen. Mountain Kitchen and Bath Design will join Mountain Home furniture, Pangaea Handmade Carpets and Rocky Mountain Log Furniture at 27965 Meadow Drive.

Evergreen resident Wendy Odell is the owner of Mountain Kitchen and Bath Design.

The business will be in the former Hardware building where the chainsaws used to be repaired, said Kay LaMontagne, owner of Mountain Home.

LaMontagne said the new business will have cabinetry and some stone and tile. It will complement the other home furnishing businesses in that location.

All of the stores will be able to support each other and give Evergreen residents the sense of a design center, LaMontagne said. The stores will be open the same hours, so customers will be able to go from one store to another.

Groomer moves her business

It’s never a dull moment grooming dogs, from 3-pound teacup Yorkies to 175-pound Newfoundlands, says Eileen O’Hara of Bow Wow Barbers.

O’Hara moved her dog grooming business to 27972 Meadow Drive in February and continues to groom dogs of all shapes and sizes.

This Evergreen resident has been grooming dogs for 17 years, 10 of which have been in Evergreen. She said she became interested in dog grooming after breeding and showing her own golden retrievers.

“People here are so dog crazy and treat their dogs well, which is really nice to see,” O’Hara said.

O’Hara also performs canine massage therapy, which is used primarily on dogs who are arthritic, post-operative and aging.

“You can see results pretty quickly,” she said. “Massage helps them live more comfortably.”

She says she loves her new location because it’s at ground level and has plenty of room for the dogs. “It’s awesome,” she said.

Have any tips about businesses in Evergreen? Contact Evergreen resident Deb Hurley Brobst at deb@evergreenco.com.